Hollywoodland

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Overview

The mysterious and unexpected death of an iconic Hollywood star may be just the tip of an iceberg of scandal in this showbiz drama based on a true story. George Reeves played by Ben Affleck was a journeyman actor who had played a small role in Gone With the Wind and appeared onscreen with the likes of James Cagney, Rita Hayworth, and Marlene Dietrich, but his career was not exactly booming when he was cast as comic-book hero Superman in a 1951 B-movie, Superman and the Mole Men. A year later, the producers of the...
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Overview

The mysterious and unexpected death of an iconic Hollywood star may be just the tip of an iceberg of scandal in this showbiz drama based on a true story. George Reeves played by Ben Affleck was a journeyman actor who had played a small role in Gone With the Wind and appeared onscreen with the likes of James Cagney, Rita Hayworth, and Marlene Dietrich, but his career was not exactly booming when he was cast as comic-book hero Superman in a 1951 B-movie, Superman and the Mole Men. A year later, the producers of the movie launched a syndicated Superman television series with Reeves returning as "The Man of Steel." The show became a major hit, and Reeves was a star at last. However, on June 16, 1959, to the shock of many, Reeves was found dead of a gunshot wound. Police soon declared Reeves' death a suicide and closed the case, but his mother Lois Smith refused to believe her son took his own life, and hired Louis Simo Adrien Brody, a private detective, to find out the truth about her son's passing. Simo found that many Hollywood insiders did not care to cooperate as he researched the Reeves case, but his digging uncovered plenty of evidence suggesting the actor did not take his own life, and he also revealed one of Reeves' deepest secrets -- while he was engaged to marry a pretty young starlet, Leonore Lemmon Robin Tunney, Reeves was also carrying on an affair with the beautiful Toni Mannix Diane Lane, the wife of Eddie Mannix Bob Hoskins, a powerful and ill-tempered executive at MGM. While the producers of Hollywoodland based their story on factual accounts of the investigation into the death of George Reeves, they were denied permission to use the Superman logo and the familiar introduction to the Adventures of Superman television show by the respective copyright holders.
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Special Features

Re-creating old Hollywood; Behind the headlines; Hollywood then and now; Deleted scenes; Feature commentary with director Allen Coulter
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
The reported suicide in 1959 of actor George Reeves -- TV’s original Superman -- is a good jumping-off point for this solid (and sordid) tale of Hollywood hypocrisy and corruption. A tour de force for the oft-ridiculed Ben Affleck, who is superb as the depressed Reeves, Hollywoodland actually focuses on the seedy private detective hired by the star’s mother to prove that her son was indeed murdered. Adrien Brody plays the shady shamus, Louis Simo, whose investigation uncovers behind-the-scenes machinations of MGM executive Eddie Mannix (Bob Hoskins) and his public-relations guru, Howard Strickling (Joe Spano), to hush up the romantic involvement of Reeves with Mannix’s wife, Toni (Diane Lane). As Simo gets closer to the truth, suspicion falls on Leonore Lemmon (Robin Tunney), the hot-tempered wannabe to whom Reeves had just become engaged. Affleck brings depth and poignancy to his characterization, making the kiddie-show star a tragic figure trapped by his own success and unable to capitalize upon it. Lane’s performance is no less skillful; she makes the jealous, possessive Toni Mannix appealingly vulnerable. Brody, too, impresses as the down-at-heel detective driven by an inexplicable force to keeping digging deeper despite all warnings. Hollywoodland plays fast and loose with the historical facts, but director Allen Coulter's film nonetheless captures this essential truth: that by the late ‘50s, Hollywood’s veneer of glamour had begun chipping away, revealing something rotten underneath. —
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/6/2007
  • UPC: 025192884627
  • Original Release: 2006
  • Rating:

  • Source: Focus Features
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Subtitled / Dubbed
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Time: 2:07:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 37,139

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Adrien Brody Louis Simo
Ben Affleck George Reeves
Diane Lane Toni Mannix
Bob Hoskins Edgar Mannix
Lois Smith Helen Bessolo
Robin Tunney Leonore Lemmon
Larry Cedar Chester Sinclair
Jeffrey DeMunn Art Weissman
Caroline Dhavernas Kit Holliday
Brad William Henke Russ Taylor
Dash Mihok Sergeant Jack Paterson
Molly Parker Laurie Simo
Kathleen Robertson Carol Van Ronkel
Joe Spano Howard Strickling
Gareth Williams Del
Zach Mills Evan Simo
Kevin Hare Robert Condon
Ted Atherton Detective Doug Johnson
David J. MacNeil Officer Daniel Korby
Phillip MacKenzie Bill Bliss
Eric Kaldor Barbell Man
Neil Crone Chuck
Seamus Dever Phillip
Jon Vladimir Cubrt Morgue Attendant
Diego Fuentes Natividad Vacio
Veronica Watt Rita Hayworth
Joan Gregson Chopard Saleswoman
David Bolt Judge Eisler
Todd Grinnell Times Reporter
Aymui Iizuka Miss Yoshida
Eric Fink Dominick's Waiter
Jeff Teravainen Lester Koenig, Auditioning Actor
Brendan Wall Harold Chiles, Casting Director
Eric Weinthal Barney Sarecky, Producer
Steve Adams Bob Maxwell, Producer
Jack Newman Izzy Berne, Tailor
Joseph Adam Jack Larson/Jimmy Olsen
Lorry Ayers Phyllis Coates/Lois Lane
Robert Kennedy Tommy Carr, Director
Sven Van De Ven John Hamilton/Perry White
Gray Powell Chad
Michael Rhoades James Engelmann
Tim Campbell MGM Hunk
Richard Fancy Alford "Rip" Van Ronkel
Kerin McCue Superman Announcer
Jeff Cowan Maxwell Arnow, Casting Director
Peter James Haworth Fred Zinnermann
Tim Dorsch Docville Bank Teller
Alexander Drogemuller Stunned Boy
Jason Spevack Kenneth Giles
Dendrie Allyn Taylor Mrs. Sinclair
Jody Jaress Mannix Maid
Murray Oliver Funeral Reporter #1
Walter Rinaldi Funeral Reporter #2
Terry Barna Buddy Adler
Bill Lake Cigar Man
Natalie Krill Camera Girl
Erin Gooderham Jackie, Leonore's Friend
Cameron Mitchell Jr. Earl Wilson
Cotton Mather Dark Figure
Steve Brandes Thug Detective
Donald Burda Rick Harris
Charlie Lea 5-Year-Old Evan
Peter Vronsky Conductor
Technical Credits
Allen Coulter Director
Patrick Banister Art Director
Jenny Baum Set Decoration/Design
Michael Berenbaum Editor
Paul Bernbaum Screenwriter
Randy Butcher Stunts
Jay Caputo Stunts
Jennifer Caputo Stunts
Angelo Colavecchia Camera Operator
Joanna Colbert Casting
J. Miles Dale Executive Producer
Christopher J. Danton Production Manager
Ultimate Effects Special Effects
John Freeman Cinematographer
Glen Gauthier Sound/Sound Designer
Tina Gerussi Casting
Myron Hoffert Asst. Director
John Jackson Makeup
Brian Jagersky Stunts
Dan Lieberstein Musical Direction/Supervision
Lawrence Manchester Sound Mixer
Leslie McDonald Production Designer
Duncan McLeod Stunts
Jody Miller Camera Operator
Jake Myers Executive Producer
Nick Nolan Stunts
Curtis Parker Stunts
Greg Pelchat Set Decoration/Design
Joe Pichirallo Executive Producer
Paul Rutledge Stunts
Michael Shocrylas Set Decoration/Design
Christina Smith Makeup
Performance Solutions Special Effects
Bryan Thomas Stunts
Barry Thompson Stunts
Julie Weiss Costumes/Costume Designer
Glenn Williamson Producer
Marcelo Zarvos Score Composer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Hollywoodland
1. A Superhero Is Killed (Main Titles) [8:21]
2. Real Detective Work [7:54]
3. Being Noticed [5:59]
4. The Next Morning [8:33]
5. New Take [3:31]
6. Leave the Bow Tie On [9:53]
7. Publicity Stunt [6:12]
8. Behind the Glamour [7:25]
9. On Television [5:02]
10. Putting in a Word [7:00]
11. Typecast [4:15]
12. Deceived [1:13]
13. Meaning of Justice [4:37]
14. Deserves a Statue [3:39]
15. Leonore Lemmon [4:56]
16. Straight Arrow George [1:58]
17. It Just Gets Buried [4:33]
18. The Picture Business [7:03]
19. Seeing the Pieces [6:56]
20. End Titles [9:35]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Hollywoodland
   Play
   Scenes
   Bonus Features
      Re-Creating Old Hollywood
      Behind the Headlines
      Hollywood Then & Now
      Feature Commentary With Director Allen Coulter: On
      Feature Commentary With Director Allen Coulter: Off
      Deleted Scenes
   Languages
      Spoken Language: English
      Spoken Language: Français
      Feature Commentary With Director Allen Coulter
      Subtitles: English SDH
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: Off
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Adrien Brody is good but Ben Affleck not so much

    Before I watched this movie, I had heard the buzz that Ben Affleck should have been nominated for an Academy Award for his portrayal of the charismatic yet ultimately tragic George Reeves. There is nothing spectacular about Affleck's performance. It is not that Affleck can't act. It's just that he seems so uncomfortable in this role that I felt uncomfortable watching this. Adrien Brody is as always of great caliber though his character is far from likable. Overall, I'd say this is not a movie you should purchase because once you've seen it you won't need to see it again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I actually really liked this movie..

    Adrien Brody does an amazing job. I saw it at the movie theater and did not regret speding money seeing it. It was entertaining.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    "Nobody ever asks to be happy later.'

    HOLLYWOODLAND is a very long (two hours plus) film noir that is actually a film khaki: the droning muted brown to ochre tones of the film itself match the story well - and that is not necessarily a compliment. The 'unresolved' death of B-grade actor George Reeves who was disconsolate at having his crowning achievement be the Superman role (my, how times have changed!) is the subject of this story as written by Paul Bernbaum (best known for his ongoing 'Halloweentown' series) and directed by Allen Coulter whose credentials as a TV director are impressive. With a cast of top-notch actors this should have been a surefire hit, but somehow being unable to care about any of the characters in the film makes it leaden. Though the film takes place in 1959 (the death by suicide vs possible homicide) the action spreads into the early 50s as Reeves (Ben Affleck) stumbles up the rickety Hollywood ladder of minor roles, alcohol and carousing until he meets aging Toni Mannix (Diane Lane) whose marriage of convenience to super producer Eddie Mannix (Bob Hoskins) leads to his attaining the role of Superman and the accompanying position of being Toni's lover. The story weaves rather aimlessly through Reeves' checkered life with paramour Leonore Lemmon (Robin Tunney) and influences from well-meaning supporters. But while we watch this rather tepid Hollywood wannabe climb we are escorted by the investigation of his death by one Louis Simo (Adrien Brody) who has been hired by Reeves' mother Helen Bessolo (the always fine Lois Smith) to prove that her 'brilliant actor' son was murdered. The suicide death of Reeves is an open and shut case with the LAPD until Simo tinkers with the evidence, all the while ignoring his rather smarmy career as a private investigation, a distraction which leads to its own dire consequences. Simo also encounters problems with his ex-wife Laurie (Molly Parker) and his young son disillusioned that Superman would kill himself. The facts of Reeves' life parallel with the facts of Simo's life and the manner in which Coulter works with this data places past with present, Reeves with Simo in tightly connected frames so that we never know whose is coming into the next dark space: it becomes a bit tedious and confusing, but in the end it is all bleak and disjointed. The actors try hard to salvage this film and there are some good performances here. But for this viewer it is just a long khaki song that never reaches the chorus. Grady Harp

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    Posted May 7, 2010

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