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Hollywoodland (2006)

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A detective examines the mysterious death of George Reeves, the star of the television series Adventures of Superman (1952).



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Struggling private investigator Louis Simo treats his work more as a means to make a living than a want to do right by what few clients he has. Through connections with the investigation firm for which he used to work, Simo is hired by Helen Bessolo to investigate the death of her son, actor George Reeves. Reeves was best known for his title role in Adventures of Superman (1952), a role which he always despised, in part since it typecast him as a "cartoon", despite it bringing him a certain fame. His June 16, 1959 death by a single gunshot wound while in his bedroom in his Los Angeles home was ruled a suicide by the police, the death which occurred when the house was filled with people. Reeves' story is told in part in flashback as Simo, who is trying to make a name for himself with this case, talks to or tries to talk to some of the players involved, most specifically the wife of MGM General Manager E.J. Mannix, Toni Mannix, with whom Reeves was having a relatively open and ... Written by Huggo

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Based on the true story of Hollywood's most notorious unsolved mystery See more »

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Rated R for language, some violence and sexual content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

8 September 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Truth, Justice, and the American Way  »

Box Office


$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$5,926,177 (USA) (8 September 2006)


$14,415,222 (USA) (20 October 2006)

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Did You Know?


Benicio Del Toro was signed on to play the detective, but pulled out of the project due to other commitments. See more »


When Louis Simo returns to Mrs. Bessolo's hotel room and finds that she is no longer there, the door across the hall has an electronic key card lock. See more »


Leonore Lemmon: Superman wants to get laid.
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References The Adventures of Sir Galahad (1949) See more »


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Written by Dorothy Fields and Jimmy McHugh
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first 2006 contender for end-of-year awards
15 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

HOLLYWOODLAND is now being shown in NYC at special invitation screenings. Saw last night. Probably the first serious contender for end-of-year awards.

Exceptional in quality of script, cinematography, art direction and, especially, its editing.

The four principal actors -- Adrien Brody, Diane Lane, Bob Hoskins and Ben Affleck -- are doing some of their best work to date. I was most impressed by Ben Affleck who I thought would never again appear in a decent movie. He redeems himself here big time.

The narrative weaves interestingly between present tense (in 1959, shortly after George Reeves' death) and the previous ten years or so. A rather long running time of about 2 hours, 10 minutes flies by.

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