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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).



Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Carol Van Ronkel
Helen Bessolo
Bill Bliss
Chester Sinclair
Barbell Man (as Eric Kolder)
Kit Holliday
Robert Condon


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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Everyone has secrets. Everyone has motives. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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 USA:

$5,926,177, 10 September 2006, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$14,415,222, 22 October 2006
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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film was originally entitled Truth, Justice, and the American Way (after Superman's famous catchphrase). However, DC Comics (which owns the rights to the Superman character) refused to allow that. It also did not allow the Superman "S" insignia to be used in any of the trailers or promotional material of the film, but oddly enough, allowed it to be in the movie. See more »


The elevators in the hotel lobby have LED displays above the doors (to show the floor number). These were not developed commercially until the mid-1960s and did not become common until well after that. See more »


Chuck: You're not invited, Simo.
Louis Simo: Were you?
Chuck: We're working.
Louis Simo: Why don't you lay off? Mister Harris!
Rick Harris: Hello, Louis.
Louis Simo: You come up from Palos Verdes just to see me?
Rick Harris: I came here to celebrate my friends' anniversary. You've met Mister Mannix.
Louis Simo: No. But we've got people in common. Ain't that right, Eddie?
Eddie Mannix: I've got nothin' in common with you.
Louis Simo: Bernice, the first missus. You like that car crash gimmick, huh?
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Referenced in Knock Knock 2 (2011) See more »


Lonely Boy
Written and Performed by Paul Anka
Courtesy of Paul Anka Productions
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A real "movie" movie, for a change
31 August 2006 | by See all my reviews

Just came from a screening of this film thanks to the Palm Springs International Film Society, and it was nearly perfect...like films used to be before pop culture took over. Adrien Brody was his best since "The Pianist", and Ben Affleck was his best since...well, his best, period. Diane Lane disappeared into her role and Bob Hoskins was his usual, brilliant self. The supporting cast of Molly Parker, Joe Spano and Robin Tunney were (no pun intended) "picture perfect". The parallel stories of Brody's private investigator and George Reeves before, during and after "Superman", and the mystery of whether Reeves was a suicide or a homicide (and, if the latter, who done it?) were wonderfully brought to life. This film made me want to know more,and raised the question: just where do they find all those primo 50's and 60's vintage cars? Go see this one, and take a friend...you'll be the recommendation hero.

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