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Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)

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A murder mystery brings together a private eye, a struggling actress, and a thief masquerading as an actor.

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Shane Black

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Brett Halliday (novel), Shane Black (screen story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Downey Jr. ... Harry Lockhart
Val Kilmer ... Gay Perry
Michelle Monaghan ... Harmony Faith Lane
Corbin Bernsen ... Harlan Dexter
Dash Mihok ... Mr. Frying Pan
Larry Miller ... Dabney Shaw
Rockmond Dunbar ... Mr. Fire
Shannyn Sossamon ... Pink Hair Girl
Angela Lindvall ... Flicka
Indio Falconer Downey ... Harry Lockhart - Age 9
Ariel Winter ... Harmony Faith Lane - Age 7
Duane Carnahan Duane Carnahan ... Chainsaw Kid
Josh Richman Josh Richman ... Richie
Martha Hackett ... Pistol Woman
Nancy Fish ... N.Y. Casting Woman
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A petty thief posing as an actor is brought to Los Angeles for an unlikely audition and finds himself in the middle of a murder investigation along with his high school dream girl and a detective who's been training him for his upcoming role... Written by austin4577@aol.com

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Sex. Murder. Mystery. Welcome to the party. See more »


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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 November 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

L.A.P.I. See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$180,660, 23 October 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$4,243,756, 15 January 2006

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$15,569,469, 22 January 2006
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2.35 : 1
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Shane Black read several stories by Raymond Chandler when writing this script. As a result, the story is divided into chapters and the chapter titles come from Chandler works. Specifically: 1. "Trouble is My Business", 2. "The Lady in the Lake", 3. "The Little Sister", 4. "The Simple Art of Murder", and Epilogue: "Farewell, My Lovely". See more »

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When the camera zooms in on the newspaper article detailing the story about the film crew coming to the small town of Embry, Indiana to film a movie, the website www.embrystar.com is clearly visible under the name of the newspaper - the article was supposedly written and published in 1982, eight years before the first website existed. See more »

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Harry: [voiceover] I was wetter than Drew Barrymore at a grunge club.
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After the credits, the Warner Brothers logo appears to melt as if this part of the film was left in front of the bulb too long. See more »

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SILVER SCREEN (SHOWER SCENE)
Written by Felix Da Housecat (as Felix Stallings Jr.), Thomas Lorello, David Jenefsky and Bobby Orlando
Performed by Felix Da Housecat
Courtesy of Emperor Norton Records/Rykodisc and Rude Photo Inc.
By Arrangement with Big Sounds International
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"I'm retired. I invented dice. What do you do?"
3 August 2006 | by Flagrant-BaronessaSee all my reviews

A lucky mistake shifts out-of-luck criminal Harry Lockhart (Robert Downey Jr) from the gritty streets to glossy showbiz in L.A, landing him a part in an upcoming film. Another mistake then shifts him from actor to private detective, and this is where Val Kilmer comes in and things start to go wrong, more wrong and unbelievably wrong until they've snowballed into an enjoyable detective mess -- all to impress failed actress Harmony (Next big thing: Michelle Monaghan).

Shane Black's directorial debut 'Kiss Kiss Bang Bang' is a comic film noir. Even in the dazzling opening credits using a montage of contrasts of red, black and white, it is evident that this is no run-of-the-mill crime story, but a viciously entertaining ride from scene 01. What makes it so special is that it mixes equal doses of humour and crime like a $15,000,000 blender, pouring out a balanced end product and glazing it with a clever narrative coating by Robert Downey Jr. Black also sprinkles some rapid-fire dialogue onto his product, which is facilitated by the comedic chemistry between Downey and Kilmer. Some of the lines, gags and images are truly laugh-out-loud worthy. Everything else is nice, but forgettable.

Its only problem, as far as I can see it, is its paper-thin plot. It does not seem believable; it is complex, dizzying and not nearly as involving as it would like to be. So back to formula on that one, and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang would be a near-perfect comedy-thriller.

7.5/10


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