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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Harry Lockhart
... Gay Perry
... Harmony Faith Lane
... Harlan Dexter
... Mr. Frying Pan
... Dabney Shaw
... Mr. Fire
... Pink Hair Girl
... Flicka
... Harry Lockhart - Age 9
... Harmony Faith Lane - Age 7
Duane Carnahan ... Chainsaw Kid
Josh Richman ... Richie
... Pistol Woman
... 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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A bad week in a tough town. See more »

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Comedy | Crime | Mystery

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

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18 November 2005 (USA)  »

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L.A.P.I.  »

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$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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Trivia

At one point in the film, Gay Perry reveals that Colin Farrell is up for the role, for which Harry is auditioning. Val Kilmer had previously played Philip, father of Alexander the Great (Farrell) in Alexander (2004). See more »

Goofs

In the wide opening shot of the scene with Harry and Harmony in the bar, the camera and crew are reflected in the mirrors behind. See more »

Quotes

Harry: Wow, I feel sore. I mean physically, not like a guy who's angry in a movie in the 1950's.
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the movie, Val Kilmer says not to leave; to stay and watch the credits; and if you're wondering who the Best Boy is, he's someone's nephew. (The actual Best Boy credit is Jack Bauer.) See more »

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References Dragnet (1951) See more »

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DIRTY ROBOT
Written by Gerry Arling and Richard Cameron
Performed by Arling & Cameron
Courtesy of Emperor Norton Records/Rykodisc
By Arrangement with Big Sounds International
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Seriously where did this dark horse of a film come from?!
17 March 2006 | by See all my reviews

Without a doubt I thought that this was truly entertaining film. I only managed to catch it at my local cinema in a one off showing, but I really wasn't disappointed.

Me and my friend went in the film not truly understanding what to expect. Basically it cracks down to Robert Downey Jr. starting the film off as a burglar, after being shot at he accidentally runs into an acting audition. Breaking down with tears in the office, he accidentally gets the acting job and whisked off to Hollywood with hopes of playing a detective in an upcoming film.

Cue Gay Perry a.k.a Val Kilmer who is fantastic in this film with his dry wit and humour adding some hilarious scenes to this film. He plays a gay detective assigned to help train up Robert Downey Jr. The pair of them get sucked into a story starting with discovery of a corpse and building into deeper plot involving kidnapping and murder. The plot line is genuinely well crafted, and is explored in the perfect amount of depth. It is quite simply littered with many funny moments. Probably the favourite of mine being the running joke of the gay detective through the film, involving the 'faggot' gun. Shane Black directs this film superbly, keeping it alive with sharp wit.

The whole cast clicks together perfectly with Robert Downey Jr and Val Kilmer shining with good support coming from Michelle Monaghan. The film is accompanied by a very light hearted narration from Robert Downey Jr. which makes the film that even bit more engaging.

Overall, a quirky, very amusing film, with a superb cast, and with a run time of 99 minutes, you simply can't afford to miss it.

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang... A solid 10/10


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