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Hollywoodland (2006)

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

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

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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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Living in Holly wood can make you famous. Dying in Hollywood can make you a legend. See more »


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

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8 September 2006 (USA)  »

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Truth, Justice, and the American Way  »

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$28,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$14,415,222 (USA) (20 October 2006)
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Kyle MacLachlan screen-tested for the role of George Reeves. See more »

Goofs

When the child points the gun at George Reeves to see if the bullet will bounce off of him, you can hear the hammer being cocked back and the hand motion of the child also indicates he is cocking the gun. However, the gun is shown from then on with the hammer in the forward position. See more »

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Louis Simo: Why are you telling me now?
Leonore Lemmon: I'm... I'm just a little blotto, sugar. Kind of horny. And pretty goddamn all alone.
Louis Simo: So...?
Leonore Lemmon: I don't know. And I thought maybe we had something in common.
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Referenced in Midnight Screenings: Man of Steel (2013) See more »

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Written by Waymon Glasco, Clarence Lewis, Morris Levy
Performed by Buster Brown
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Courtesy of Excel Music Inc
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One of the best films this year. An Oscar for Diane Lane ?
4 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was blown away by 'Hollywoodland', and I really wasn't expecting to be. This is a rare film that is both intelligent and entertaining. It has comedy (not a lot!), powerful scenes, great acting and a compelling story.

The main elements are Brody's slimy detective trying to make a name for himself by uncovering what happened to Superman star George Reeves. At the same time we are treated to beautifully shot flashbacks of Affleck as Reeves and Diane Lane as his older girlfriend, who really pays for his lifestyle. The two story arcs work very well and weave smartly, never confusing the viewer. It is very cleverly done.

While Ben Affleck plays the central figure of George Reeves, it is Diane Lane and Adrien Brody who really take the lead roles. Affleck and Brody are superb, but Diane Lane is simply sublime as Toni Mannix, a beautiful but scorned woman who goes into a one-way meltdown.

Lane's heartbreaking performance is flawless and should get Oscar recognition.... So should Hollywoodland. 10/10.


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