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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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Carol Van Ronkel
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Helen Bessolo
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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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Everyone has secrets. Everyone has motives. 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)

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

$14,415,222, 22 October 2006
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In the film, George Reeves is shown to have been injured while filming a take-off from a garbage-strewn alley, a sequence that was used repeatedly in early episodes of the television series. In reality, Reeves was injured while filming a take-off for Adventures of Superman: Ghost Wolf (1953). He fell about twelve feet to the stage floor, landing on his back, when the rigging gave way. See more »

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As in most movies based on true stories, some facts and characters have been altered to fit the narrative structure. See more »

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Leonore Lemmon: Superman wants to get laid.
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References Make Room for Daddy (1953) See more »

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The Great Pretender
Written by Buck Ram
Performed by The Platters
Courtesy of The Island Def Jam Music Group
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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first 2006 contender for end-of-year awards
15 August 2006 | by 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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