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Hollywoodland -- Based on the true story of Hollywood's most notorious unsolved mystery, Hollywoodland is a tale of glamour, scandal, and corruption in 1950's Los Angeles.
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Living in Holly wood can make you famous. Dying in Hollywood can make you a legend. See more »
A detective examines the mysterious death of George Reeves, the star of the television series "Adventures of Superman" (1952). Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Adrien Brody ... Louis Simo

Diane Lane ... Toni Mannix

Ben Affleck ... George Reeves

Bob Hoskins ... Eddie Mannix

Robin Tunney ... Leonore Lemmon

Kathleen Robertson ... Carol Van Ronkel

Lois Smith ... Helen Bessolo

Phillip MacKenzie ... Bill Bliss

Larry Cedar ... Chester Sinclair

Eric Kaldor ... Barbell Man (as Eric Kolder)

Caroline Dhavernas ... Kit Holliday

Kevin Hare ... Robert Condon

Molly Parker ... Laurie Simo

Zach Mills ... Evan Simo

Neil Crone ... Chuck

Gareth Williams ... Del

Seamus Dever ... Phillip

Vladimir Jon Cubrt ... Morgue Attendant (as Jon Vladimir Cubrt)

Ted Atherton ... Detective Doug Johnson
Diego Fuentes ... Natividad Vacio

Dash Mihok ... Sergeant Jack Paterson
Veronica Watt ... Rita Hayworth

Joan Gregson ... Chopard Saleswoman
David Bolt ... Judge Eisler

Todd Grinnell ... Times Reporter

David J. MacNeil ... Officer Daniel Korby

Ayumi Iizuka ... Miss Yoshida
Eric Fink ... Dominick's Waiter

Jeffrey DeMunn ... Art Weissman

Jeff Teravainen ... Lester Koenig, Auditioning Actor

Brendan Wall ... Harold Chiles, Casting Director
Eric Weinthal ... Barney Sarecky, Producer

Steve Adams ... Bob Maxwell, Producer
Jack Newman ... Izzy Berne, Tailor

Brad William Henke ... Russ Taylor

Joseph Adam ... Jack Larson / Jimmy Olsen
Lorry Ayers ... Phyllis Coates / Lois Lane

Robert B. Kennedy ... Tommy Carr, Director
Sven Van de Ven ... John Hamilton / Perry White
Gray Powell ... Chad
Michael Rhoades ... James Engelmann
Tim Campbell ... MGM Hunk

Joe Spano ... Howard Strickling

Richard Fancy ... Alford "Rip" Van Ronkel
Kerin McCue ... 'Superman' Announcer (voice)
Jeff Cowan ... Maxwell Arnow, Casting Director
Peter James Haworth ... Fred Zinnemann
Tim Dorsch ... Docville Bank Teller
Alexander Cameron Drogemuller ... Stunned Boy (as Alexander Drogemuller)

Jason Spevack ... Kenneth Giles

Dendrie Taylor ... Mrs. Sinclair

Jody Jaress ... Mannix Maid
Murray Oliver ... Funeral Reporter #1
Walter Rinaldi ... Funeral Reporter #2

Terry C. Barna ... Buddy Adler (as Terry Barna)

Bill Lake ... Cigar Man

Natalie Krill ... Camera Girl
Erin Gooderham ... Jackie, Leonore's Friend
Cameron Mitchell Jr. ... Earl Wilson
Cotton Mather ... Dark Figure
Steve Brandes ... Thug Detective

Donald Burda ... Rick Harris

Charlie Lea ... 5-Year-Old Evan
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Matt Amar ... Man at Police Station (uncredited)

Jordan Barker ... Wag (uncredited)

Patrick Dussault ... Man at Audition (uncredited)
Crystal Joy Hall ... Mom (uncredited)

Michael Janik ... Cop (uncredited)

Austin Macdonald ... Boy at Park (uncredited)
Jennifer Sims ... Mom (uncredited)

Directed by
Allen Coulter 
Writing credits
Paul Bernbaum (written by)

Produced by
J. Miles Dale .... executive producer
Jake Myers .... executive producer
Joe Pichirallo .... executive producer
Glenn Williamson .... producer
Original Music by
Marcelo Zarvos 
Cinematography by
Jonathan Freeman 
Film Editing by
Michael Berenbaum 
Casting by
Joanna Colbert 
Production Design by
Leslie McDonald 
Art Direction by
Patrick Banister 
Set Decoration by
Odetta Stoddard 
Costume Design by
Julie Weiss 
Makeup Department
Luisa Abel .... key makeup artist: Los Angeles
Karen Asano-Myers .... key hair stylist: Los Angeles
Alessondra Bastianoni .... makeup assistant
Amber Chase .... first assistant makeup artist
Linda Dowds .... key makeup artist
John E. Jackson .... makeup artist: Mr. Affleck
Erwin H. Kupitz .... wigmaker
Norma Lee .... hair stylist: Los Angeles
Chris McBee .... hair stylist: Los Angeles
Patricia Medina .... first assistant hair stylist
Linda Montgomerie .... hair stylist
Matthew W. Mungle .... prosthetic supply
Jennifer Bower O'Halloran .... key hair stylist (as Jennifer O'Halloran)
Christina Smith .... makeup artist: Los Angeles
Bob Smithson .... contact lens technician (uncredited)
Production Management
Chris Danton .... unit production manager
Jennifer Lane .... post-production supervisor
Zara Park .... post-production supervisor (as Zara Roberts)
Cristen Carr Strubbe .... production manager: Los Angeles
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Steve Battaglia .... second second assistant director: Los Angeles
J. Miles Dale .... second unit director
Aric Dupere .... trainee assistant director
Myron Hoffert .... first assistant director
Nick Lopez .... assistant director
Beverly Morgan .... third assistant director
Richard Oswald .... second assistant director: Los Angeles
Gerrod Shully .... third assistant director
Bob Warwick .... second assistant director (as Robert Warwick)
Kea Watson .... dga trainee: Los Angeles (as Kea H. Watson)
Art Department
Deryck Blake .... property master
Anthony Carlino .... set dresser
Susan Chooljian .... art department coordinator
Rossana DeCampo .... key scenic artist
Britt Doughty .... trainee assistant art director
Summer Gaal .... set dresser
Beth Gilinsky .... art department coordinator
Paul Greenberg .... graphic designer
J. Ryan Halpenny .... assistant art director
Bryan Hill .... leadman
Robyn B. Holmes .... buyer
Henry Humphreys .... on-set construction medic
Heidi MaryElse Lynne .... art department assistant
Paul Penley .... set dresser
Eric S. Saperstein .... painter
Michael Shocrylas .... set designer
Richard M. Snider .... key greens
Suzanne Hodson .... set decoration buyer (uncredited)
Gaylene West .... assistant property master (uncredited)
Sound Department
Julie Altus .... adr recordist
Jamie Baker .... foley editor
James Bennett .... adr recordist
Leslie Bloome .... foley artist (as Leslie Bloom)
Ron Bochar .... sound re-recording mixer
Ron Bochar .... supervising sound editor
Kam Chan .... foley editor
Marko A. Costanzo .... foley artist
Chris Fielder .... assistant sound editor
Michael J. Fox .... adr mixer
Dennis Fuller .... boom operator: Los Angeles
Glen Gauthier .... sound mixer: Toronto
Dick Hansen .... utility sound: Los Angeles
Ruth Hernandez .... adr editor
Larry Hopkins .... layback sound mixer
Paul Hsu .... sound effects editor
Bobby Johanson .... adr recordist
Walt Martin .... sound mixer: Los Angeles
Michael Miller .... adr mixer
Branka Mrkic .... dialogue editor (as Branka Mrkic-Tana)
Moshe Saadon .... boom operator: Toronto
Steve F.B. Smith .... sound consultant: Dolby
Dean St. John .... adr mixer: Los Angeles
Serge Stanley .... apprentice sound editor
Reilly Steele .... sound re-recording mixer
Steve Switzer .... boom operator: Toronto
Alexa Zimmerman .... assistant sound editor
Special Effects by
Chris Bailey .... special effects technician: Los Angeles
Jordan Craig .... special effects coordinator
David Harcourt .... aerial rigger
Rob Hinderstein .... special makeup effects artist
Michael Innanen .... aerial rigger
David Reaume .... special effects
Skyler Wilson .... key special effects (as Skyler T. Wilson)
Lynne Watson .... special effects hair (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Anuj Anand .... digital compositor
Dennis Berardi .... visual effects supervisor
Kristy Blackwell .... digital matte painter
Shawn Broes .... digital intermediate editor
Cyril Frederick Chu .... matte painter (as Fred Chu)
Rob Del Ciancio .... senior digital compositor
Bonnie Dickson .... compositing assistant
Robert Greb .... digital compositor
Annu Gulati .... digital compositor
Mark Intravartolo .... Inferno artist
Evan Jacobs .... visual effects supervisor
Winston Lee .... digital compositor
Sarah McMurdo .... visual effects production manager
Daniel Mizuguchi .... 3D previsualization artist
Darcy Reno .... senior systems administrator (as Darcy Bangsund)
Michael Stewart .... digital compositor: Mr. X Inc.
Brendan Taylor .... visual effects coordinator
Mark Tureski .... film scanner operator
Aaron Weintraub .... compositing supervisor
Fiona Campbell Westgate .... visual effects producer
Matt Birman .... stunt coordinator
Randy Butcher .... stunt performer
Jay Caputo .... stunts
Jennifer Caputo .... stunt double
Cotton Mather .... stunt coordinator
Duncan McLeod .... stunt performer
Camera and Electrical Department
Justin Babin .... grip
Adrien Brody .... additional cinematographer: super 8mm
Rocky Brown .... rigging grip
Robyn Clarke .... second assistant camera
Angelo Colavecchia .... camera operator
John Colavecchia .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Kim Derko .... director of photography: second unit
Cylvan Desrouleaux .... assistant camera
Philip Esteves .... rigging gaffer
Carson T. Foster .... grip
Scott Graves .... rigging gaffer
Michael Herron .... digital video assist operator
Jason Klein .... grip
Bryant Lemelle .... camera assistant: additional unit
Edward Lipscombe .... key rigging grip
Walter Lipscombe .... best boy rigging grip
Lux .... lighting technician
Jim MacCammon .... lighting technician
David Maddux .... gaffer
Alan Millar .... electrician
Mike Ohorodnyk .... best boy grip
Molly Parker .... additional cinematographer: super 8mm
Jason Parrillo .... gaffer: second unit
Ron Renzetti .... dolly grip
Brent Robinson .... daily first assistant camera
Ronald Schlueter .... video assist
Lieven Van Hulle .... video assist operator
Jerald L. Wilson .... best boy
Matt Kiskis .... electrician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Rich Mento .... casting associate (as Richard Mento)
Jocelyn E. Thomas .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Conan Castro Jr. .... costumer
Christina Cattle .... set costume supervisor
Linda Filippelli .... wardrobe
Katie Gavin .... costume production assistant
Lindsay Jacobs .... costume supervisor
Nancy Jarzynko .... costumer
Loreen Lightfoot .... costume cutter
Marjorie McCown .... assistant costume designer
Jonny Pray .... assistant costume designer
Sara Schilt .... costume buyer
Luis Sequeira .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Adrian Colbert .... digital imaging editor
Steve Danhieux .... digital imaging editor
Joe Finley .... digital intermediate colorist
Peter Macmanus .... post-production coordinator
David Orr .... color timer
Carrie Puchkoff .... first assistant editor
Eric Putz .... telecine colorist: dailies
Joanne Rourke .... color timer: dailies
Tim Squyres .... consulting editor
Ed Thompson .... digital imaging editor
Lawrence Howard Williams .... post digital media operator
Brian Boyd .... digital preview colorist (uncredited)
Music Department
Ralph Alessi .... musician: trumpet and flugelhorn
Christine Bergren .... music legal and clearance
Mark Bächle .... score preparation (as Mark Baechle)
Tatjana Cechovska .... musician contractor
Jennifer L. Dunnington .... music editor (as Jennifer Dunnington)
Richard Jacques .... guitar teacher: Mr. Affleck
Steven Kenyon .... musician: woodwind solos
Sonny Kompanek .... orchestrator
Dan Lieberstein .... music supervisor
Lawrence Manchester .... score mixer
Lawrence Manchester .... score recordist
Alissa Moreno .... vocal coach: Mr. Affleck
James Oakar .... score preparation
Eric Poland .... musician: vibraphone
Philip Rothman .... orchestrator
Derek Somaru .... assistant music editor
Renata Vilimova .... musician: harp
Peter Vronsky .... conductor
Marcelo Zarvos .... musician: piano
Marcelo Zarvos .... score producer
Transportation Department
Charley Bob Burnham .... transportation coordinator
L. Chip Crosby Jr. .... driver
John Embry .... driver
Don Haggerty .... driver
Glenn Hughes .... picture car coordinator
Gary Jackson .... driver
Hugh Kelly .... transportation
Kelsey Kimes .... driver
Rod Maiorano .... driver
Brenda Ryan .... driver
Vicki Sousa .... driver
Lee Stepp .... transportation captain
Other crew
Scott Alexander .... assistant location manager
John Alfred .... finance executive
Lillian Awa .... set production assistant: Los Angeles
Jim Beaver .... biographical consultant: George Reeves
John 'Frenchie' Berger .... armorer
Stephanie Lee Berger .... weapons handler
Chay Carter .... assistant: Mr. Affleck
S. Todd Christensen .... location manager
Sonja Christoph .... set production assistant: Los Angeles
Jennifer Coe .... production assistant
Carole Costello .... truck supervisor
Nancy Culp .... assistant: Ms. Lane
Dennis Davidson .... International publicity
Gregg Edler .... production coordinator: Los Angeles
Beau Foster .... set production assistant
Jennifer Zolten Freed .... post-production accountant
Flax Glor .... publicist
Danielle Hartzell .... assistant production coordinator: pre-production
Ronald M. Haynes .... assistant location manager: Los Angeles
Michael Hird .... additional medic
Morgan Hunwicks .... travel coordinator
Troye Jenkins .... electronic press kit
Redd Knight .... production coordinator
Ashley Kravitz .... script clearance
Robert Lamkin .... caterer
Michael Lannan .... assistant: Mr. Coulter
Rachel Leko .... production secretary
Victoria Leskin .... key assistant location manager
Jim Lillico .... police consultant
Sandra Lum Lock .... production accountant
Matt Lombardo .... additional set production assistant: Los Angeles
Susan Marucci .... script supervisor
David McIlroy .... location manager
Kati Moore .... location production assistant
Simon Northwood .... stand-in
Sean Oliver .... adr loop group
Rick Parker .... animal handler
Sammy Pasha .... assistant: Mr. Hoskins
Rick Poyner .... key assistant location manager
Patrizia Quas .... stand-in: Ms. Lane (as Patriz Quas)
Jeremy Reisig .... set production assistant: Los Angeles
Jamie Robinson .... office production assistant: Los Angeles
Peter Pamela Rose .... adr loop group
Jillian Sabean .... travel coordinator
Catherine Sample .... assistant production coordinator
Tracey Savein .... location scout
Brian Schornak .... assistant: Mr. Williamson
Dee Schuka .... post-production accountant
Lisa Shamata .... unit publicist
Ben Shelton .... set production assistant: Los Angeles
Simone Stock .... assistant: Mr. Myers & Mr. Dal (as Simone Marie Stock)
Vess Stoeva .... assistant accountant
R. Dawn Vigil .... assistant production coordinator: LA unit
Dan Williams .... iQ assistant
Bruce Winant .... additional voices
Bill Timoney .... adr voice group (uncredited)
Mike Tsucalas .... set production assistant: Los Angeles (uncredited)
Jim Beaver .... thanks

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Rated R for language, some violence and sexual content
126 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Australia:MA15+ | Canada:14A | Finland:K-13 | Finland:K-15 (TV rating) (self applied) (2009) | France:U | Germany:12 | Ireland:16 | Peru:14 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:M18 | Singapore:NC-16 (edited version) | South Korea:15 | Sweden:11 | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #42223)

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Benicio Del Toro was signed on to play the detective, but pulled out of the project due to other commitments.See more »
Anachronisms: The train horns in the background are modern Amtrak three-chime, inconsistent with the single fog horns of the 1950s.See more »
George Reeves:[after falling from a snapped wire holding him up] I'd like to thank the Academy and all the good people of Galesburg, Illinois, for making me who I am today.
[turns and walks away]
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393 out of 443 people found the following review useful.
Excellent drama, compelling, and about as truthful as drama can be., 9 August 2006
Author: JimB-4 from United States

As someone who has spent a number of years preparing the definitive biography of actor George Reeves, I approached this film with great trepidation. I had previously turned down several offers for the film rights to my own book because I felt it unlikely that those projects would result in a film truthful to the essence of the man I had come to know so well. All I can say is that the makers of "Hollywoodland" came as close as is humanly possible in the real world of movie-making to achieving exactly what I would have hoped for -- an examination of George Reeves's life and death that is true to the times he lived in, true to the kind of man I found him to be, and as true as possible to the most likely scenarios that have been projected to explain his death. While this is not a biography nor a documentary, and while adhering to each and every fact of Reeves's life would have resulted in a film exactly as long as his life, the artists here have done a powerful and affecting job of telling Reeves's story, and have framed it in a fictional setting that illuminates rather than obscures the truth.

In any event, in any life, there is what happened and then there is the truth, and the two may not always equally serve our understanding of the event or life in question. It is true that "Hollywoodland" takes occasional liberties with specific facts, in no less way than Shakespeare took liberties with the real life facts of Hamlet or Julius Caesar. But as Alfred Hitchcock said, drama is life with the dull bits left out. What matters is not whether a costume is the right shade of blue or whether there's really a gas station at the intersection of Sunset and Benedict Canyon. What matters is whether the essence of a true story has been faithfully told. And "Hollywoodland" does a superb job of portraying that essence, who George Reeves was, what his world was like, and what impact he had on those who knew him and those who only knew of him. Allen Coulter, the director, has done a splendid job capturing the era and has paid enormous attention both to period detail and to the details of the lives of the real-life characters. Only Reeves's fans (and not even many of them) will notice the pinkie ring on Ben Affleck's finger or the widow's peak in his hairline or the exotic Alvis auto he owns, yet these are all completely authentic to the actual Reeves. More importantly, Coulter has done an exemplary job of making Reeves into a human being, one whose dreams we ache for almost as much as he does in the story.

Adrien Brody, as the fictional detective whose story provides the audience a window into Reeves's life, is solid and manages to bring a little charisma to the comparative low-life he plays. Diane Lane is superb as Reeves's lover, the sexually hungry but aging Toni Mannix. And Ben Affleck does certainly his best dramatic work ever as George Reeves. In makeup, and with his own matching cleft chin, Affleck sometimes looks astonishing like the real Reeves. But more importantly, he captures the haunted quality of the actor on a treadmill to oblivion, as well as the immense charm for which the real Reeves is widely remembered in Hollywood. Although the script does not give any of the actors the kind of deeply meaty scenes that win Oscars, some of the hardest work to do is for an actor to excel in scenes that don't require fireworks. Affleck in particular does so in this film, and I think it does him credit. He is reported to have researched the role intensely, and it shows. The performances of Larry Cedar, Bob Hoskins, and Lois Smith also stand out especially distinctively.

The cinematography is stunning, with the frequent flashbacks clearly distinguishable from the "present day" scenes without the distinction being glaring or even obvious. And the musical score is elegant and very evocative of the time.

It is perhaps inevitable that die-hard Superman fans, for whom George Reeves is not so much a human being as he is a sort of superhero himself, will find things to carp and cavil about in this film. As a researcher with over thirty years of in-depth study of Reeves's life, I can split hairs over details pretty easily myself. And I suspect, too, that some of the complaints will be about the depiction of things that are actually true, but which don't show Reeves in a worshipful light. All I can say is that I have spent my adult life studying, admiring, and trying to understand the man whose story this film tells, and I think George Reeves would be touched and proud of the care these filmmakers have taken. I highly recommend "Hollywoodland."

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