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The Dead Girl (2006)

The clues to a young woman's death come together as the lives of seemingly unrelated people begin to intersect.



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2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Cop 1
Michael Raysses ...
Cop 2
Earl Carroll ...
Dorothy Beatty ...
Eva Loseth ...
Kate Mulligan ...


In Los Angeles, a story about a dead girl, told in five chapters. A woman, miserable in her circumscribed life caring for her domineering mother, finds a body. Somehow, this discovery allows her to change. At the morgue, the sister of a girl missing for 15 years believes the body is that of her sister; this liberates her. An older woman, married to a man who pays her little attention, finds evidence in a storage unit; how will she handle it? The mother of the dead girl, who left home some years before, visits the last place her daughter lived and makes her own discoveries. Last, we flash back to the victim's final day. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


One life ends. Six others begin. See more »


Crime | Drama | Mystery

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, grisly images and sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

26 April 2007 (Hungary)  »

Also Known As:

A Garota Morta  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$4,789 (USA) (5 January 2007)


$17,311 (USA) (7 January 2007)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The dead girl that the film centers on is played by Brittany Murphy, who died 3 years later, at age 32. See more »


When Melora meets Rosetta, her face is beaten up. When she takes Rosetta out to eat, her face looks normal. When she drops Rosetta back at the motel, her face is a mess again. See more »


Beverley, Leah's Mother: If she were dead, I would know it in my heart.
Leah: She's dead and she's never coming back!
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Take It As It Comes
Written by Gabriel Alexander Roth, Neal Sugarman
Performed by Charles Bradley
Courtesy of The Orchard
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Electric acting performances in a good story
1 August 2010 | by (Norway) – See all my reviews

The Dead Girl was some of a giant shock to me, when I watched it last night. From the first scenes of the film, heartbreakingly beautiful shot in the country terrain where a dead girl is found, making changes in a lot of peoples lives.

Turn your feelings on, and buy it or rent it!

The film is not a thriller, though it's got a threatening edge all way through. It's a story about life, and to a certain amount death, and reminded me of great films like Crash and Grand Canyon. Though it's something completely different.

I'm amazed that this went straight to DVD in my country, because it's such a gem of acting, feelings and torment. I love the nerve of the film, and the only thing lacking here is that I want more in the end! Therefore I'd like to watch the film over again, just to study the acting.

The film is beautiful, gritty, heartbreaking, hopeful and has a tone of uncertainty which makes you want it never to end. But it does end, or it gives you a lot of hope. I'd like the film to go on to tell more about every individual in this story. So well written, played and filmed is this, that I really felt I was watching something special.

This is a hidden gem, that deserves more praise than it has got. I was completely blown away by the greatness. A quiet intensely and beautifully told film draws out the audiences emotions without making anything too obvious.

The acting is really superb, and the direction is first class. The cinematography is a perfect complement to the screenplay. The opening scenes featuring the desert are gripping and breathtaking. This film will linger with you for days to come.

It's so well written and played by a star cast where absolutely everyone does their job flawlessly. I must say I was completely mesmerized by the play of Toni Collette, Mary Beth Hurt, Mary Steenburgen, Brittany Murphy, Pier Laurie, Giovani Ribisi, James Franco, Rose Byrne, Kerry Washington as well as the others.

Can't wait for more from Karen Moncrieff. With stories like these, she'll be the next woman up for Oscar for best film. Well done!

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