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Hollywoodland (2006)

Hollywoodland

Overview


Genre

Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Release Date

September 08, 2006

MPAA Rating

R

Production Budget

$20 millions

Studio

Focus Features

Official Site

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Go! Watch this movie. You'll regret if not seeing it.    Readers  Be the 1st!

Cast and Crew


Director

Allen Coulter

Producer

Glenn Williamson

Screenwriter

Paul Bernbaum

Starring

Story


"Hollywoodland" is a uniquely compelling exploration of fame and identity, inspired by one of Hollywood's most infamous real-life mysteries. The film is the feature directorial debut for Allen Coulter (Emmy and DGA Award nominee for his work on "The Sopranos" and "Sex and the City").

June 16, 1959. The glamour of Tinseltown permanently fades for actor George Reeves, the heroic Man of Steel on TV's "Adventures of Superman," as the actor dies in his Hollywood Hills home. Felled by a single gunshot wound, Reeves (portrayed in "Hollywoodland" by Academy Award winner Ben Affleck) leaves behind a fiancée - aspiring starlet Leonore Lemmon (Robin Tunney) - and millions of fans who are shocked by his death. But it is his grieving mother, Helen Bessolo (Lois Smith), who will not let the questionable circumstances surrounding his demise go unaddressed. Helen seeks justice, or at least answers. The Los Angeles Police Department closes the case, but Helen hires - for $50 a day - private detective Louis Simo (Academy Award winner Adrien Brody). Simo soon ascertains that the torrid affair Reeves had with Toni Mannix (Academy Award nominee Diane Lane), the wife of MGM studio executive Eddie Mannix (Academy Award nominee Bob Hoskins), might hold the key to the truth.

But truth and justice are not so easily found in Hollywood. Simo pursues dangerous and elusive leads in both high and low places and, in trying to turn up the heat, risks getting burned. The detective also uncovers unexpected connections to his own life as the case turns more personal and he learns more about Reeves himself. Behind the icon was a complex man who gave his life to Hollywood in more ways than one.

Pictures (24 photos)


Ben Affleck as George Reeves and Diane Lane as Toni Mannix in Focus Features' Hollywoodland (2006)
Diane Lane as Toni Mannix in Focus Features' Hollywoodland (2006)

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REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..an ambitious film that succeeds only up to a point but no further..”
by Kenneth Turan [Los Angeles Times]
“..a delicious noir throwback with a smart parallel construction..”
by Bill Muller [The Arizona Republic]
“..falls short of reaching the pleasingly pulpy heights of an "L.A. Confidential" or a "Chinatown"..”
by Michael Rechtshaffen [The Hollywood Reporter]