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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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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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In a town full of fiction, everyone has a version of the truth. 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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Ben Affleck would go on to play DC Comics' Bruce Wayne/Batman while Adrien Brody was considered for and has expressed a desire to play the role of Batman's arch enemy The Joker. See more »

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When Louis Simo is entering the Mannix house behind the flower delivery man, the flowers' ribbons read, "Eddie and Toni, Happy Anniversary." Their anniversary was on May 31, George died on June 16. In that scene, Toni was grieving George's death. Unless they were celebrating their anniversary two weeks late (unlikely), this is an error. See more »

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George Reeves: [looks at himself in the mirror after putting on Superman costume for the first time] I look like a damned fool!
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References The Mating Game (1959) See more »

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You're Crying
Written by Leonard Feather (as Leonard Geoffrey Feather), Quincy Jones
Performed by King Pleasure
Courtesy of Concord Music Group, Inc.
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Marvelous neo-noir thriller
23 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Hollywoodland" intercuts a biopic of the last eight years in the life of actor George Reeves (Ben Affleck) with an investigation by scummy private eye Louis Simo (Adrien Brody) into the circumstances of Reeves' death. (He allegedly shot himself in his upstairs bedroom while his friends were having a party downstairs.) Though a bit draggy in spots and afflicted with the overall brown look all too common in films set in the recent past, "Hollywoodland" not only flawlessly evokes the 1950's visually but tells a compelling neo-noir tale about ambition, greed, sex and the lure of stardom. It's a film for those who liked "Chinatown" and "L.A. Confidential" but I thought it was better than either of those because it wasn't quite as relentlessly cynical and despairing. Bob Hoskins is superb as MGM second-in-command Eddie Mannix (explaining how he fits into this tale is impossible without involving a spoiler), Adrien Brody proves that there IS life for him after "The Pianist," and Ben Affleck - well, nobody had to direct him in how to play a star on the skids these days!


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