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Hollywoodland (2006)

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A detective examines the mysterious death of George Reeves, the star of the television series Adventures of Superman (1952).

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Allen Coulter

Writer:

Paul Bernbaum
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Adrien Brody ... Louis Simo
Diane Lane ... Toni Mannix
Ben Affleck ... George Reeves
Bob Hoskins ... Eddie Mannix
Robin Tunney ... Leonore Lemmon
Kathleen Robertson ... Carol Van Ronkel
Lois Smith ... Helen Bessolo
Phillip MacKenzie ... Bill Bliss
Larry Cedar ... Chester Sinclair
Eric Kaldor Eric Kaldor ... Barbell Man (as Eric Kolder)
Caroline Dhavernas ... Kit Holliday
Kevin Hare ... Robert Condon
Molly Parker ... Laurie Simo
Zach Mills ... Evan Simo
Neil Crone ... Chuck
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Struggling private investigator Louis Simo treats his work more as a means to make a living than a want to do right by what few clients he has. Through connections with the investigation firm for which he used to work, Simo is hired by Helen Bessolo to investigate the death of her son, actor George Reeves. Reeves was best known for his title role in Adventures of Superman (1952), a role which he always despised, in part since it typecast him as a "cartoon", despite it bringing him a certain fame. His June 16, 1959 death by a single gunshot wound while in his bedroom in his Los Angeles home was ruled a suicide by the police, the death which occurred when the house was filled with people. Reeves' story is told in part in flashback as Simo, who is trying to make a name for himself with this case, talks to or tries to talk to some of the players involved, most specifically the wife of MGM General Manager E.J. Mannix, Toni Mannix, with whom Reeves was having a relatively open and ... Written by Huggo

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Based on the true story of Hollywood's most notorious unsolved mystery See more »


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

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Trivia

Ben Affleck and Diane Lane appeared in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016). See more »

Goofs

The train horns in the background are modern Amtrak three-chime, inconsistent with the single fog horns of the 1950s. See more »

Quotes

Louis Simo: Let's go outside. You packin'?
Del: Not when I cross the street for lunch.
[Simo pulls gun from Del's jacket]
Del: Lou, I do what I'm told.
[Simo slams him against the car]
Louis Simo: You took the cash from that rack, same as me! Twenty-five-hundred for ratting out some hop-head actress, and I never said a word. 'Cause I'm loyal to my fuckin' partner!
[Strangles Del]
Del: [Choking] Rick!
Louis Simo: Why?
Del: Didn't say, just take care of it.
[...]
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Connections

References The Mating Game (1959) See more »

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Lonely Boy
Written and Performed by Paul Anka
Courtesy of Paul Anka Productions
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Marvelous neo-noir thriller
23 August 2006 | by mgconlan-1See all my reviews

"Hollywoodland" intercuts a biopic of the last eight years in the life of actor George Reeves (Ben Affleck) with an investigation by scummy private eye Louis Simo (Adrien Brody) into the circumstances of Reeves' death. (He allegedly shot himself in his upstairs bedroom while his friends were having a party downstairs.) Though a bit draggy in spots and afflicted with the overall brown look all too common in films set in the recent past, "Hollywoodland" not only flawlessly evokes the 1950's visually but tells a compelling neo-noir tale about ambition, greed, sex and the lure of stardom. It's a film for those who liked "Chinatown" and "L.A. Confidential" but I thought it was better than either of those because it wasn't quite as relentlessly cynical and despairing. Bob Hoskins is superb as MGM second-in-command Eddie Mannix (explaining how he fits into this tale is impossible without involving a spoiler), Adrien Brody proves that there IS life for him after "The Pianist," and Ben Affleck - well, nobody had to direct him in how to play a star on the skids these days!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

8 September 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Truth, Justice, and the American Way See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,008,000, 10 September 2006

Gross USA:

$14,426,251

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$16,800,438
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1.85 : 1
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