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Sin City (2005)

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A film that explores the dark and miserable town, Basin City, and tells the story of three different people, all caught up in violent corruption.

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Frank Miller (graphic novels)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jessica Alba ... Nancy
Devon Aoki ... Miho
Alexis Bledel ... Becky
Powers Boothe ... Senator Roark
Cara D. Briggs Cara D. Briggs ... Hearing Panel Person (as Cara Briggs)
Jude Ciccolella ... Liebowitz
Jeffrey J. Dashnaw ... Motorcycle Cop (as Jeff Dashnaw)
Rosario Dawson ... Gail
Jesse De Luna Jesse De Luna ... Corporal Rivera
Benicio Del Toro ... Jackie Boy
Jason Douglas ... Hitman
Michael Clarke Duncan ... Manute
Tommy Flanagan ... Brian
Christina Frankenfield Christina Frankenfield ... Judge
Rick Gomez ... Klump
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Storyline

Four tales of crime adapted from Frank Miller's popular comics, focusing around a muscular brute who's looking for the person responsible for the death of his beloved Goldie, a man fed up with Sin City's corrupt law enforcement who takes the law into his own hands after a horrible mistake, a cop who risks his life to protect a girl from a deformed pedophile, and a hitman looking to make a little cash. Written by Tom Benton

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Skinny little Nancy Callahan. She grew up. She filled out. See more »

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sustained strong stylized violence, nudity and sexual content including dialogue | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 April 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Frank Miller's Sin City See more »

Filming Locations:

Austin, Texas, USA

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (unrated, recut)

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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller planned each shot in the movie by using the panels from the original book as storyboard. See more »

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Even regular patrol cops knew not to enter Old Down with their sirens on and feared the area to the extent that they disengaged pursuits, turned off their sirens, and left. Jackie Boy is supposed to be an experienced detective and a "hero cop" to boot, but he goes to Old Town and foolishly threatens a hooker with a handgun, getting himself killed. It's something everyone except him and his goons easily foresaw, but the detective inexplicably couldn't figure it out. See more »

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[first lines]
The Salesman: [voiceover] She shivers in the wind like the last leaf on a dying tree. I let her hear my footsteps. She only goes stiff for a moment.
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Crazy Credits

Shot and Cut by Robert Rodriguez. See more »

Alternate Versions

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Stunning...
23 March 2005 | by craig.tuohySee all my reviews

If I was to use one word to describe this film it would have to be....Violent! if i was allowed two words I would add 'Visceral'. The movie is two hours long and is structured in a similar way to Pulp Fiction. A bunch of stories set in a consistent world, with characters falling in and out of each others plot lines. On the whole it works brilliantly, and for the duration there isn't a boring moment. It is High octane, million miles and hour storytelling, and it EASILY Robert Rodriguez's best film. Allowing Frank Miller to write the script was a fantastic move, as the dialogue is edgy, witty and VERY faithful to the original material. In fact, many many lines are just taken straight from the pages. likewise, the camera behaves like a moving cartoon box out. The framing of all the key scenes is SO faithful to the printed page that it produces a truly original look that is fairly incomparable. Visually its a true original. Sometimes these visuals fall down, there are some very very obvious digital shots that don't quite gel, but on the whole the cinematography is jaw dropping. You could literally pause the movie at almost any point and just hang that frame on a wall, its that beautiful. Performances are good all round. Mickey Rourke absolutely nails Marv, and the girls of Old Town are all as beautiful as they are deadly. The other standout for me was Elijah Wood, who was truly chilling. Bruce Willis puts in a solid, if unspectacular turn as Hartigan. The film isn't entirely void of criticism. there's some fudging of time lines with Hartigans character (do we really buy Bruce Willis as a nearly 70 year old man?) and the jumps from story to story are jarring initially, but once it settles into itself the ride is fantastic. My other main criticism is the same I have with Quentin Tarantinos work. That every character and every voice in the movie is the same. This is more a fault of the source material, but when every single person is a wise cracking, hard boiled tough guy (even the women) then it kind of distills the effect of their toughness. In a film that is predominantly voice over driven, it is hard to differentiate characters when they all sound exactly the same, both tonally, and in the language they use. Even Marv, who's supposed to be a meat head, talks in gravelly prose that would make Bukowski feel like a Nancy. Other Minor niggles are hardly worth mentioning. From a technical standpoint the sound effects are WAY to loud. All of the punches, gunshots etc are given such ridiculous prominence on the track that they threaten to make mockery of the violence. I actually found that i didn't want any more guns fired cos it was hurting my ears! all in all though, its one hell of a ride, and only a couple of notches below Pulp Fiction on the 'Oh my god that film was cool-o-meter'.


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