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
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 »
When Harry and Harmony are talking in the Domino Room, Harry points out the punk rocker who resembles Steven Seagal saying "at your 11 o'clock", on her left, but he points and she looks to her right. See more »
Do I know you?
No. Just in town for the funeral.
What do you want?
Well, I was going to go to the zoo, but it was closed, so I thought I'd come here and look at an animal.
Son of a... Who do you think you're talking to? I buried my daughter today!
No. You buried her twenty years ago. Harmony was right, her sister was murdered. You pulled the trigger. It just took this long for the bullet to hit.
Who are you? I loved my girl.
[Perry backhands him]
You fucker! If I could get out of this bed...
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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 »
I saw this movie at the 2005 Toronto Film Festival and expected it to be the typical film noir genre. This seemed to be the case for the first couple of minutes of narrative monologue before the jokes started coming fast and furious. This turned out to be a highly entertaining comedy/buddy film couched in a tongue in cheek film noir setting. The dialogue was witty and the chemistry between Robert Downey Jr and Val Kilmour was great. Some of the jokes went by so fast that I'll have to see this movie again to see what I missed as I was still laughing at the previous one. The director spoke before the movie and commented on how the producers were nervous about the risky choice of actors. This was a reference to Robert Downey Jr.'s past addiction problems, but this film proved that he was worth the risk. I saw 10 films at this year's film festival and this one was my favorite.
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