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Hollywoodland

Author: Allen CoulterPaul BernbaumGlenn WilliamsonAdrien BrodyDiane LaneAll authors
Publisher: [New York, NY] : Focus Features ; Universal City, CA : Distributed by Universal Studios Home Entertainment, 2007.
Series: Focus Features spotlight series.
Edition/Format:   DVD video : NTSC color broadcast system : English : Widescreen [ed.]View all editions and formats
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On June 16, 1959, police detectives arrive at a Benedict Canyon home to find Superman dead, felled by a single gunshot to the head. LAPD calls it suicide, but Reeves' grieving mother, Helen Bessolo, isn't so sure. She hires private detective Louis Simo to validate her suspicions, centered on George's fiancée, aspiring starlet Leonore Lemmon. Simo turns up suspects 2 and 3: Toni Mannix, aging trophy wife to MGM  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Thrillers (Motion pictures, television, etc.)
Biographical films
Detective and mystery films
Drama
Feature films
Fiction films
Historical films
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Mystery films
Suspense films
Mystery
Thriller
Historical
Biographical
Crime
Teatro
Named Person: George Reeves; George Reeves; George Reeves; George Reeves
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Allen Coulter; Paul Bernbaum; Glenn Williamson; Adrien Brody; Diane Lane; Ben Affleck; Bob Hoskins; Lois Smith; Robin Tunney; Jeffrey DeMunn; Universal Pictures (Firm); Focus Features.; Miramax Films.; Back Lot Pictures.; Universal Studios Home Entertainment (Firm)
OCLC Number: 76768406
Language Note: In English or dubbed Français; optional subtitles in English SDH, Español, or Français.
Notes: Originally produced as a motion picture in 2006.
Special features: Feature commentary with director Allen Coulter [audio feature]; Re-creating old Hollywood [featurette] (7 min.); Behind the headlines [featurette] (8 min.); Hollywood then and now [featurette] (8 min.); Deleted scenes (5 min.).
Credits: Director of photography, Jonathan Freeman ; editor, Michael Berenbaum ; music by Marcelo Zarvos ; production designer, Leslie McDonald ; costume designer, Julie Weiss.
Cast: Adrien Brody (Louis Simo), Diane Lane (Toni Mannix), Ben Affleck (George Reeves), Bob Hoskins (Edgar Mannix), Lois Smith (Helen Bessolo), Robin Tunney (Leonore Lemmon), Jeffrey DeMunn (Art Weissman).
Target Audience: MPAA rating: R; for language, some violence and sexual content.
Description: 1 videodisc (127 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Details: DVD; Region 1, NTSC; Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround; anamorphic widescreen, presentation aspect ratio 1.85:1.
Contents: Superhero is killed --
Real detective work --
Being noticed --
Next morning --
New take --
Leave the bow tie on --
Publicity stunt --
Behind the glamour --
On television --
Putting in a word --
Typecast --
Deceived --
Meaning of justice --
Deserves a statue --
Leonore Lemmon --
Straight arrow George --
It just gets buried --
Picture business --
Seeing the pieces --
End titles.
Series Title: Focus Features spotlight series.
Responsibility: Universal Pictures ; Focus Features and Miramax Films present a Back Lot Pictures production ; produced by Glenn Williamson ; written by Paul Bernbaum ; directed by Allen Coulter.

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On June 16, 1959, police detectives arrive at a Benedict Canyon home to find Superman dead, felled by a single gunshot to the head. LAPD calls it suicide, but Reeves' grieving mother, Helen Bessolo, isn't so sure. She hires private detective Louis Simo to validate her suspicions, centered on George's fiancée, aspiring starlet Leonore Lemmon. Simo turns up suspects 2 and 3: Toni Mannix, aging trophy wife to MGM honcho Eddie Mannix, a tough little man with long-standing mob ties. George had been Toni's consort for years, and their breakup seriously wounded her. George Reeves wanted Clark Gable's career and instead got television stardom, becoming the idol of millions of children. Was he murdered, or just a victim of the sensitivities and insecurities of an actor who was never talented enough to be taken seriously?

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