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The Black Dahlia (2006)

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Two policemen see their personal and professional lives fall apart in the wake of the "Black Dahlia" murder investigation.

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Dwight 'Bucky' Bleichert
... Kay Lake
... Lee Blanchard
... Madeleine Linscott
... Elizabeth Short
... Det. Russ Millard
... Ramona Linscott
... Deputy DA Ellis Loew
... Dolph Bleichert
... Emmett Linscott
... Chief Ted Green
... Morrie Friedman
... Tomas Dos Santos
... Capt. John Tierney (as Angus MacInnis)
... Martha Linscott
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In 1946, the former boxers Dwight "Bucky" Bleichert and Lee Blanchard are policemen in Los Angeles. Lee has a good relationship with his chief and uses a box fight between them to promote the department and get a raise to the police force. They succeed and are promoted to homicide detectives, working together. Bucky becomes a close friend of Lee and his girlfriend Kay Lake, forming a triangle of love. When the corpse of the aspirant actress 'Elizabeth Short (I)' is found mutilated, Lee becomes obsessed to solve the case called by the press Black Dahlia. Meanwhile, Bucky's investigation leads him to a Madeleine Linscott, the daughter of a powerful and wealthy constructor that resembles the Black Dahlia. In an environment of corruption and lies, Bucky discloses hidden truths. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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From Brian de Palma director of Scarface and The Untouchables See more »


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Rated R for strong violence, some grisly images, sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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15 September 2006 (USA)  »

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La dalia negra  »

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$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,005,895, 17 September 2006, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$22,518,325, 22 October 2006
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Brian De Palma met Rose McGowan a year before the filming of this movie, and offered her the role of Sherryl Saddon. See more »

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Handcuffs never had belt attached cases in the 1940's; they simply hung on the officer's belt. The cases used to carry them were introduced in 1960, and they were introduced in California before being used by police officers nationwide. See more »

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Ofcr. Dwight "Bucky" Bleichert: [voiceover] Mr. Fire versus Mr. Ice. For everything people were making it out to be, you'd think it was our first fight. It wasn't. And it wouldn't be our last.
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References Gone with the Wind (1939) See more »

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Written by Joe Garland (as Joseph C. Garland)
Used by Permission of Shapiro Bernstein & Co. Inc. (ASCAP)
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Hell, I liked it! Sue me!
1 January 2007 | by See all my reviews

Having read so many negative reviews, I started doubting my own rating for a minute, but no, I will rate this above average. It may not much for people knowing what the Black Dahlia murders were all about or that read the book, but for a movie, it was good.

The film has the feel of L.A. Confidential (but it's not that good) or maybe more like Where the Truth Lies and is beautifully shot. The story itself is somehow convoluted, but it all becomes somewhat clearer in the end. Yes, the plot does have some holes in it and some acting is not so convincing as it should be, but saying Josh Hartnett didn't act is just lame. He plays a less emotional person than others and he was very well cast for the role. Some of the script scenes were weak, that's one thing an actor can't change.

Bottom line: watch it in a slow night, when you feel like seeing a movie that removes you from everyday life. This is not exactly a noir film, but it's close enough.


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