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Josh Hartnett, Scarlett Johansson, Hilary Swank, Aaron Eckhart


Elizabeth "Betty" Short, a 22-year-old aspiring actress from the East Coast who wore a delicate flower in her raven hair and became many things to many people--dear friend, beloved sister, estranged daughter, frequent girlfriend and accused prostitute. On January 15, 1947, she was discovered brutally splayed in a vacant lot near Leimert Park in downtown Los Angeles. Enter onto the scene two ex-pugilist police officers, Lee Blanchard and Dwight "Bucky" Bleichert, the poster boys for 1940s LAPD. The new partners' first homicide case starts with a call from their supervisor, Detective Millard, to investigate the slaying of the ambitious silver screen B-lister Betty Short, just as they leave a deadly shootout. Blanchard and Bleichert, like the rest of the fascinated city, become drawn into the lurid world of the Dahlia's L.A. While Blanchard's growing preoccupation with the Dahlia's murder threatens his relationship with girlfriend Kay Lake, Bleichert finds himself irresistibly drawn to the enigmatic Madeleine Linscott, the daughter of one of the city's most prominent families--who just happens to have an unsavory connection (and resemblance) to the Dahlia. Blanchard spins into obsession trying to solve the case, seeing in Betty the chance to redeem himself for letting down the other women in his life that he failed to protect. Bleichert, too, begins to question his own footing as his feelings fluctuate wildly between two disparate dames: the seemingly innocent Kay and the knowingly seductive Madeleine--whose unhinged mother, Ramona, proves to hold more than a passing clue to the mystery. Determined to be famous, destined to be infamous, Betty Short affected more lives dead than she could possibly alive. She dreamed of being photographed for the big screen but wound up the pin-up girl of tabloid autopsy photos.

Production Status: Released

Logline: A fictional account of the notorious 1947 Los Angeles murder of actress Elizabeth Short and the obsession that develops for her between two cops investigating the case which destroys their lives.

Genres: Drama, Thriller, Crime/Gangster and Adaptation

Running Time: 2 hrs. 1 min.

Release Date: September 15th, 2006 (wide)

MPAA Rating: R for strong violence, some grisly images, sexual content and language.


Universal Pictures Distribution

Production Co.:

Signature Pictures


Equity Pictures Medienfonds GMBH & Co KG

Co-Financier: Signature Pictures , Nu Image/Millennium Films

U.S. Box Office: $17,270,675

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, CA, USA


Los Angeles, California, USA

Produced in: United States

Starring: Josh Hartnett, Scarlett Johansson, Hilary Swank, Aaron Eckhart, Mia Kirshner

Directed by: Brian De Palma

Produced by: Danny Dimbort, Trevor Short, James B. Harris

got the book recently but havent had the chance to read it...

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You should read about the case itself. It's just amazed me because I'm surprised that it's a 60-year-old cold case. There's a website that "claims" that they knew the real murderer.

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well i've never read the book but my friend did and said it was pretty complex so of course the film would be too cuz imo most complaints in the reviews were that it was too confusing and didn't talk about the murder enough which is stupid cuz the book was complex and duh the murder was never solved so of course the film had to be about something more than that :rolleyes:

so anyhoo, i loved the movie and plan to get it on DVD cuz i think it deserves more than 1 viewing to 'get' it XD it was a nice modern rendition of a film noir, but this is just my 2 cents ;)

ps, even if you hated the movie, you have to admit they did a super job on the costumes and the scenery cuz omg, it was gorgeous! looked like it really was post WWII ^^

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I've never seen it or read the novels based on the story; but the actual story itself creeped me out.

Maybe I'll watch it if I hear better reviews on it.

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The movie wasn't that great. The only thing I loved was that old detective feel to it and of course, Scarlett Johansson. The whole murder mystery is so twisted that in the end, you're just kind of like, "What the heck?" I was pretty disappointed. Maybe I'll torture myself by watching Ben Affleck in Hollywoodland. At least there's Adrien Brody in it. *drool

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the movie was really bad. i expected so much out of it but...ehh in the middle of it i got lost and confused and i didn't really understand what they were talking about it sometimes. they sorta dragged it too...it was HUGE DISAPPOINTMENT. eh...when there was still an hour and half left of the movie i couldn't wait for it to be done! it was a waste of time and money!

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Maybe I'll torture myself by watching Ben Affleck in Hollywoodland. At least there's Adrien Brody in it. *drool

Hollywoodland was a really good film. I know Ben Affleck is in a bunch of horrible movies, but he's actually pretty good in this. He even won Best Actor at Venice. Granted, film festivals and award shows aren't 100% reliable on picking the best, but Affleck was far from bad in Hollywoodland and I enjoyed his performance.

I want to see The Black Dahlia but I don't know if I'll get around to it. Plus it's getting panned. ><

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