Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

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Director: Shane Black

Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Val Kilmer, Michelle Monaghan


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A thesp-turned-crook gets a chance at career in movies as well as crime scene investigation in this offbeat action comedy with nods to Raymond Chandler. Harry Lockhart (Robert Downey Jr.) is a struggling New York actor who high-tails it to Los Angeles. Once there, Lockhart winds up at the posh home of the aptly named homosexualSee more details below


A thesp-turned-crook gets a chance at career in movies as well as crime scene investigation in this offbeat action comedy with nods to Raymond Chandler. Harry Lockhart (Robert Downey Jr.) is a struggling New York actor who high-tails it to Los Angeles. Once there, Lockhart winds up at the posh home of the aptly named homosexual private eye Gay Perry (Val Kilmer) amid a lavish Hollywood party, hoping to score a life-changing role in a Hollywood feature. Harry becomes reacquainted with Harmony (Michelle Monaghan), a girl he had a major crush on in his small-town Indiana high school, who may be a bit more interested in him now than she was years ago. He takes both her and her girlfriend home with him, but -- in a moment of drunken stupor -- accidentally sleeps with the wrong woman. Meanwhile, when a series of female bodies turns up across L.A., Harry slowly breaks into detective work, mentored by Perry. The biggest twist? Shane Black riffs Adaptation and other films by having Harry (via satirical narration) write the movie while he is living it. Harry assures the audience that unlike Lord of the Rings, this one won't have 17 endings. Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang marks the first directorial credit for Black, who created the Lethal Weapon franchise.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Veteran screenwriter Shane Black (Lethal Weapon 3 and 4) makes a commendable directorial debut with this playful faux-thriller, which has fun with the conventions of private-eye novels and film noir. Robert Downey Jr. stars (and narrates) as Harry Lockhart, a New York thief on the run who literally stumbles into a film audition and is "discovered," earning a trip to L.A. for a screen test. Assigned to research his first role, as a detective, he tags along with Hollywood private eye Gay Perry (Val Kilmer), whose sharp tongue and matter-of-fact homosexuality contrasts amusingly with Harry's voluble fish-out-of-water persona. A chance reunion with his high school dream girl, Harmony Faith Lane (Michele Monaghan), soon leads to murder, missing people, and shady dealings that that present us with a dizzying succession of zany characters and narrative complications. Loosely adapted from a whodunit written by the creator of the beloved shamus Michael Shayne, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (the title echoes a Pauline Kael collection of the same name) demands from its viewers a certain level of familiarity with classic detective novels and movies. For example, it's broken up into five "chapters," each of which bears the title of one of Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe yarns. The dialogue references countless other examples of the genre and, not surprisingly, seldom seems fully applicable to the scene at hand. No matter. This is the type of movie that's not about the destination but about the journey. Downey and Kilmer, who work well together, obviously understood Black's off-center vision. And their droll performances help enable him to hit the target, dead center.
All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
With his scripts for Lethal Weapon and its first sequel, Shane Black helped to create and arguably perfect the modern action film. After taking nearly a decade off from the screen, he returns with Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang, a film that yet again shows that Black understands how to do this kind of material better than almost anyone. Black always remembered that story and character mattered. Action scenes come a dime a dozen, but even a rote chase scene is more suspenseful if the audience cares about the characters. For Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang, Black steals from the best -- Raymond Chandler. The murder mystery at the heart of the film matters less than the self-referential games Black and his able cast are playing with the material. In Robert Downey Jr. and Val Kilmer, Black has found two actors capable of maintaining the tricky tone he wants to achieve, a tone that mocks the conventions of the genre he helped popularize while also firmly accepting its place in that genre. The only director who consistently performs to this high a standard with this kind of material is Quentin Tarantino, and while Black lacks Tarantino's visual flair, he can almost match Quentin's gift for story structure. Slick, funny, and very self-aware, Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang provides an entertaining experience for those familiar with its antecedents as well as for those who simply enjoy a rousing action comedy.

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Warner Home Video
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Gag reel; Commentary with Val Kilmer, Robert Downey Jr. and Shane Black; Theatrical trailer; Languages: English, Français & Español; Subtitles: English, Français & Español (Feature Film Only)

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert Downey Harry Lockhart
Val Kilmer Gay Perry
Michelle Monaghan Harmony Faith Lane
Corbin Bernsen Harlan Dexter
Dash Mihok Mr. Frying Pan
Larry Miller Dabney Shaw
Rockmond Dunbar Mr. Fire
Shannyn Sossamon Pink Hair Girl
Angela Lindvall Flicka
Indio Falconer Downey Harry Age 9
Ariel Winter Harmony Age 7
Duane Carnahan Chainsaw Kid
Josh Richman Rickie
Martha Hackett Pistol Woman
Nancy Fish NY Casting Woman
Bill McAdams NY Cop
Tanja Reichert B-Movie Actress
Jake McKinnon Creature
Stephanie Pearson Teen Harmony
Chrissy Gilman Protocop
Brendan Fehily Local News Reporter
David Newsome Agent Type
Judie Aronson Gift Bag Girl
Ali Hillis Marleah
Wiley M. Pickett Homicide Cop
Joe Keyes Lobby Cop
Bobby Tuttle Hotel Concierge
Jake Eberle Patrol Cop
Saida Rodriguez-Pagan News Anchor
Lela Edgar Party Girl
Daniel Browning Smith Rubber Boy
Stevie B. Pink Hair Girl's Dog
Teresa Herrera Newswoman
Kathy Lamkin Woman in Hospital Blues
Evan Parke Dexter Clinic Guard
Vincent Laresca Aurello
Brian Simpson Dexter Goon
Cole McKay Dexter Goon
Ben Bray Dexter Goon
Harrison Young Harmony's Dad

Technical Credits
Shane Black Director,Original Story,Screenwriter
Jessica Alan Associate Producer
Ty Arnold Asst. Director
John Aronson Cinematographer
Mary Gail Artz Casting
Rick Avery Stunts
Paul Babin Camera Operator
Ted Barba Stunts
Michael Barrett Cinematographer
Ivan Bates Stunts
Marco Black Asst. Director
Robin Black Makeup Special Effects
Robin Bonaccorsi Stunts
Chuck Borden Stunts
Brandy Bourdeaux Stunts
Brett Jones Stunts
Joe Bucaro Stunts
Annie Chasse Stunts
Brian Christensen Stunts
Erin Cochran Art Director
Barbara Cohen Casting
Eddie Conna Stunts
Azalea Davila Stunts
Tom Dewier Stunts
Deanna Dozier Stunts
Craig Fikse Camera Operator
Nathaniel Goodman Camera Operator
Lee Goyner Makeup Special Effects
Randy Hall Stunts
Tom Harper Stunts
Michael Haynes Stunts
Nicola Hindshaw Stunts
Cati Jean Choreography
Al Jones Stunts
Ralis Kahn Makeup Special Effects
James Kail Makeup
Christopher J. Kristoff Costumes/Costume Designer
Jason Lasser Set Decoration/Design
Susan Levin Executive Producer
Irving Lewis Stunts
Frank Lloyd Stunts
Ray Lykins Stunts
Brian Machleit Stunts
Carl Milinac Stunts
Carrie Morrow Co-producer
Aaron Osborne Production Designer
John Ottman Score Composer
Michael Owen Stunts
Jim Page Editor
Denney Pierce Stunts
Randall Poster Musical Direction/Supervision
Nelly Recchia Makeup Special Effects
Steve Richards Executive Producer
J.P. Ruggerio Stunts
Mike Sarna Stunts
Joel Silver Producer
Patrick Statham Stunts
J. D. Street Special Effects Supervisor
Cale Thomas Makeup Special Effects
Stephen A. Tibbo Sound Mixer
Photon VFX Animator
Tim Walkey Stunts
Garrett Warren Stunts

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
1. Magic Show [3:23]
2. Reality and Fiction Blur [5:00]
3. Harmony's Destiny [4:21]
4. One That Got Away [4:32]
5. Recognize Me [6:19]
6. Tongue - Tied [1:48]
7. Lady in the Lake [5:29]
8. Bad News Call [2:37]
9. Sudden Caseload [2:53]
10. Along Came a Spider [2:09]
11. Body Trouble [5:43]
12. Harmony's One Lie [2:19]
13. Not Harry's Part [2:24]
14. Putting His Finger on It [3:08]
15. Not a Movie [3:55]
16. Frying Pan and Fire [3:12]
17. MaCarthur Park Mayhem [2:47]
18. Bang Bang [3:33]
19. Dog Food [:01]
20. Unfinished [1:28]
21. Dream Girl Confesses [3:52]
22. Right Out of a Book [4:48]
23. Russian Roulette [3:15]
24. Stop Helping [3:39]
25. Body Snatcher [3:19]
26. Captain Magic [2:38]
27. One for the Books [3:20]
28. Big Tough Guys [3:13]
29. End Credits [3:06]


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