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Brian DePalma directs “The Black Dahlia” based on a novel based on the unsolved mystery of a young actress’ murder in the 1950s. In true DePalma form it’s dark and twisty and the characters have a lot of depth. Josh Hartnett stars as the detective/boxer who takes on the case with his obsessed partner, Aaron Eckhardt. Scarlett Johanssen makes up a love triangle between them as a former mobster mol in hiding. The whole film is very stylish – loved the music, the sets, the costumes, the hair – the story is just difficult to follow. Performances are strong despite the stilted dialogue. Hilary Swank comes in as the “femme fatale” but something about her didn’t ring true for me. She’s too good to be bad, or is she just crazy? And they keep saying how much she looks like “the dead girl” and I didn’t see any resemblance! The pacing is good, the characters rich, but there’s a lot of confusion and “over-the-top” scenarios. The ending is just convoluted and silly.   A strong R rating, just for mature audiences.

 


 

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The Black Dahlia (2006)

R 121 min - Drama - 15 September 2006
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Lee Blanchard (Aaron Eckhart) and Bucky Bleichert (Josh Hartnett) are former boxers-turned-cops in 1940's Los Angeles. When aspiring young actress Elizabeth Short (Mia Kirshner) turns up dead, Blanchard and Bleichert must grapple with corruption, narcissism, stag films, and family madness as they pursue the killer.

Director:  Brian De Palma
Stars:  Josh Hartnett, Scarlett Johansson, Aaron Eckhart, Hilary Swank, Mia Kirshner, Mike Starr, Fiona Shaw, Patrick Fischler, James Otis, John Kavanagh, Troy Evans, Anthony Russell, Pepe Serna, Angus MacInnes, Rachel Miner, Jemima Rooper, Gregg Henry, Rose McGowan

Storyline

Lee Blanchard (Aaron Eckhart) and Bucky Bleichert (Josh Hartnett) are former boxers-turned-cops in 1940's Los Angeles. When aspiring young actress Elizabeth Short (Mia Kirshner) turns up dead, Blanchard and Bleichert must grapple with corruption, narcissism, stag films, and family madness as they pursue the killer.


Tagline: Inspired by the most notorious unsolved murder in California history.

Genres: Drama

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Country:   France,   Germany,   United States of America
Language:  English
Release Date:  15 September 2006

Box Office

Budget:  $50,000,000
Revenue:  $49,111,202

Company Credits

Production Companies:  Universal Pictures, Davis-Films, Signature Pictures, Linson Entertainment, Art Linson Productions, Millennium Films, Equity Pictures Medienfonds GmbH & Co. KG III, Nu Image Entertainment GmbH

Technical Specs

Runtime:  2 h 01 min
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