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A detective examines the mysterious death of George Reeves, TV's Superman.

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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 who 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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8 September 2006 (USA)  »

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Truth, Justice, and the American Way  »

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£65,735 (UK) (24 November 2006)

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£65,735 (UK) (24 November 2006)
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Trivia

George Reeves' biographer, actor Jim Beaver, served as historical consultant on this film and was offered a role. He was unable to accept due to conflicts with his Deadwood (2004) schedule. Curiously, two of his Deadwood (2004) co-stars, Molly Parker and Larry Cedar, do appear in the film. See more »

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It is 1959, well in to the golden age of broadcast television, yet there are virtually no television antennas visible on the roofs of any of the houses in the shots of the "period" neighborhoods. See more »

Quotes

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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References Queen for a Day (1956) See more »

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It's Only Make Believe
Written by Conway Twitty, Jack Nance
Performed by Conway Twitty
Courtesy of Universal Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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A powerful and moving film with a great performance by Diane Lane
20 August 2006 | by See all my reviews

I wasn't sure what to expect going into this film. I had seen the great trailer several times and thankfully the film more than lives up to the quality of the trailers. The film is an exploration of fame and what that might cost. It is also the story of three people... Louis Simo (Adrien Brody), Toni Mannix (Diane Lane), and George Reeves (Ben Affleck). When Reeves body is found, Simo looks into the apparent suicide and starts to uncover very disturbing things including the torrid affair Reeves was having with Toni Mannix (Diane Lane).

The film is superbly acted. Everyone here is at the top of their game. Affleck and Brody have never been better, and Bob Hoskins is very intimidating as Ed Mannix (Diane Lane's husband). But it is Diane Lane who gives the standout performance here as a woman who starts off as a confident seducer and ends as a volatile and distraught shell. It is an amazing performance that is both sexy and heart-wrenching. Affleck is also touching and sympathetic as Reeves.

The cinematography is amazing and the story is intelligently written and told. It manages to be both fascinating, interesting and entertaining. The films 126 minutes fly by and the film is very engrossing. Top that with some great performances including an Oscar worthy turn by Diane Lane, and you have one of the best films of 2006 so far. 10/10.


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