In 1970s Los Angeles, a mismatched pair of private eyes investigate a missing girl and the mysterious death of a porn star.

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Shane Black
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Russell Crowe ... Jackson Healy
Ryan Gosling ... Holland March
Angourie Rice ... Holly March
Matt Bomer ... John Boy
Margaret Qualley ... Amelia Kuttner
Yaya DaCosta ... Tally
Keith David ... Older Guy
Beau Knapp ... Blueface
Lois Smith ... Mrs. Glenn
Murielle Telio ... Misty Mountains
Gil Gerard ... Bergen Paulsen
Daisy Tahan ... Jessica
Kim Basinger ... Judith Kuttner
Jack Kilmer ... Chet
Lance Valentine Butler ... Kid on Bike
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Storyline

Set against the backdrop of 1977 Los Angeles, The Nice Guys opens when single father and licensed PI Holland March (Gosling) is hired to investigate the apparent suicide of famous porn star Misty Mountains. As the trail leads him to track down a girl named Amelia (Qualley), he encounters less licensed and less hands-off private eye Jackson Healey (Russell Crowe) and his brass knuckles, both hired by the young hippie. However, the situation takes a turn for the worse when Amelia vanishes and it becomes apparent that March wasn't the only party interested. As both men are forced to team up, they'll have to take on a world filled with eccentric goons, strippers dressed as mermaids and even a possible government conspiracy. Written by @onecriticalgeek

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, sexuality, nudity, language and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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The script is loosely based on a 1973 pulp novel, Blue Murder, in the Michael Shayne series, by prolific writer Robert Terrall, who used the pen name Brett Halliday for those books. See more »

Goofs

When Amelia/Holly are first kidnapped by "Blueface", they are in what appears to be a Mercedes 600 limousine. When Healy observes this from the balcony, the limousine is a Cadillac. When the the Limousine stops, and Amelia escapes, it is a Lincoln. The Mercedes is from the 1960's (possible), which the other two vehicles pictured are from the 1980's or later. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Misty Mountains: How do you like my car, Big Boy?
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Alternate Versions

In the censored version, bikinis were put on for many of the nudity scenes. The opening did not include a center spread and the naked body of Misty Mountains. See more »

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References Gladiator (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Papa Was a Rollin' Stone
Written by Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong
Performed by The Temptations
Courtesy of Motown Records under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Buddy Comedies are BACK
23 January 2020 | by dar0417See all my reviews

Has some good raunchy moments definitely the best buddy comedy in a while. The 70's era adds a lot to the film. Gosling is spot on with his stupid but smart mentality and Crowe plays a great tough-guy asshole perfectly. He may have been born to play that role.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

20 May 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Nice Guys See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,203,270, 22 May 2016

Gross USA:

$36,261,763

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$62,788,218
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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