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Hollywoodland (Widescreen Edition) (2006)

Adrien Brody , Diane Lane , Allen Coulter  |  R |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (183 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Adrien Brody, Diane Lane, Ben Affleck, Bob Hoskins, Kevin Hare
  • Directors: Allen Coulter
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Focus Features
  • DVD Release Date: February 6, 2007
  • Run Time: 127 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (183 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000KWZ7JC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,274 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Hollywoodland (Widescreen Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Re-Creating Old Hollywood
  • Behind the Headlines
  • Hollywood Then & Now
  • Feature Commentary with Director Allen Coulter
  • Deleted Scenes

  • Editorial Reviews

    Based on the true story of Hollywood's most notorious unsolved mystery, Hollywoodland is a tale of glamour, scandal, and corruption in 1950's Los Angeles. When George Reeves (Ben Affleck), star of TV's Adventures of Superman, is found dead in his home, millions of fans are shocked by the circumstances of his death. The police and the studio bosses want the case closed as a suicide, but rumors linger. Louis Simo (Adrien Brody), a private investigator, picks up the trail and begins to piece together the actor's last, tension-filled days. Who pulled the trigger? Was it the seductive yet scheming fiancee, the spurned lover (Diane Lane), the enraged husband (Bob Hoskins), or was it Reeves himself?

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    88 of 94 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Broken Lives September 25, 2006
    Format:DVD
    "Hollywoodland" is everything that the dreadful "The Black Dahlia" isn't: interesting, beautifully acted, intelligent, respectful to it's time and place which in both cases just happens to be Southern California circa 1945-1959. Both concern a death: one perhaps a suicide and the other definitely a murder.
    Directed by Alan Coulter with a genuine empathy for his characters sad, sordid lives: a brilliant Ben Affleck as TV Superman George Reeves, a committed though out-of-the-box style performance from the always interesting Adrian Brody as a down-on-his-luck Private Investigator, Louis Simo and the luminous Diane Lane as Reeves paramour and fading beauty Toni Mannix.
    Coulter spends a lot of time on the back lives of these three which adds texture and resonance to their film lives and by extension the film. Of particular note is Simo's story: his son, his ex-wife (the terrific Molly Parker), his father or lack thereof. Brody is particularly thoughtful and emotionally open in his scenes with his son. Brody is so good at conveying pages of exposition and dialogue through the iris of the camera by way of his huge expressive eyes.
    "Hollywoodland" is terse, compact, humane, beautifully photographed and sensitively produced and scripted. That it comes from humble beginnings only makes Coulter's achievement all the more glorious.
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    98 of 106 people found the following review helpful
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    There is a fantastic film within "Hollywoodland"! That film stars Ben Affleck and Diane Lane, both giving superlative performances. As TV Superman George Reeves, Affleck connects with a role that some say mirror his own situation. He's an appealing, handsome actor of limited range who is not generally regarded for having actual talent. And Affleck steps up to the task of inhabiting that persona--he shows the frustration, rage, and longing for respect that comes with being typecast as Superman. Diane Lane plays the wife of a studio exec who fancies Reeves and turns him into her kept "boy." Well, an older woman never looked so good! Lane just seems to get better and better as the years go by. She hits all the right notes in a performance that's wickedly sexy, desperate, charming, and funny--all rolled up into one.

    This relationship, her open marriage to Bob Hoskins, his courtship with a golddigger played nicely by Robin Tunney, and the tale of Reeves' struggle in Hollywood--this is all grand entertainment. It's filmed and executed beautifully and is thoroughly fascinating.

    Sadly, there is also an average film within "Hollywoodland." That film stars Adrien Brody as a two-bit private detective hired to look into Reeves' apparent suicide. Might it have been more? In addition to the investigation, we get many other glimpses into Brody's life--his strained relationship with his wife and child, his affair with a younger woman, another case that goes terribly wrong, and some backstory about how he ended up on the outskirts of the Hollywood machine. It's all fine, but nothing nearly as intriguing as the Reeves case--and nothing particularly original, either

    Sadly, the two aspects never merged cohesively for me.
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    23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
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    There is a fantastic film within "Hollywoodland"! That film stars Ben Affleck and Diane Lane, both giving superlative performances. As TV Superman George Reeves, Affleck connects with a role that some say mirror his own situation. He's an appealing, handsome actor of limited range who is not generally regarded for having actual talent. And Affleck steps up to the task of inhabiting that persona--he shows the frustration, rage, and longing for respect that comes with being typecast as Superman. Diane Lane plays the wife of a studio exec who fancies Reeves and turns him into her kept "boy." Well, an older woman never looked so good! Lane just seems to get better and better as the years go by. She hits all the right notes in a performance that's wickedly sexy, desperate, charming, and funny--all rolled up into one.

    This relationship, her open marriage to Bob Hoskins, his courtship with a golddigger played nicely by Robin Tunney, and the tale of Reeves' struggle in Hollywood--this is all grand entertainment. It's filmed and executed beautifully and is thoroughly fascinating.

    Sadly, there is also an average film within "Hollywoodland." That film stars Adrien Brody as a two-bit private detective hired to look into Reeves' apparent suicide. Might it have been more? In addition to the investigation, we get many other glimpses into Brody's life--his strained relationship with his wife and child, his affair with a younger woman, another case that goes terribly wrong, and some backstory about how he ended up on the outskirts of the Hollywood machine. It's all fine, but nothing nearly as intriguing as the Reeves case--and nothing particularly original, either

    Sadly, the two aspects never merged cohesively for me.
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    7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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    As a small child I remember the shock I experienced learning that the man who had played Superman had died by his own hand. I learned this when the show was in reruns so I can only imagine how traumatic it was for kids who learned it firsthand. Like many American children my early imagination was driven by a variety of caped heroes--Superman, Mighty Mouse, Underdog, Batman, and Robin--and I spent a fair amount of my preschool days with a towel pinned around my neck. So this movie dealt with the other side of something that was very important to me as a child.

    Still, I think the group rating of three and a half stars for this film is about right. It is extremely well acted--including, surprisingly, Ben Affleck--and is fascinating to look at with the meticulous recreations of the fifties (a look I remember vividly thanks to my grandparents' frozen-in-time decor, with the contemporary color television strangely at odds with everything else in the house). Yet, it disappoints. The story is a can't-miss one and yet they come astonishingly close to missing.

    The problem is that the movie has to pursue a point of view that really has little merit. Though some of Reeve's friends discounted the conclusion that he had committed suicide--for instance, I remember reading legendary tough man Gene LeBell (if they had had ultimate fighting in his day, LeBell might well have dominated the sport) recount the plans Reeves was making for a cowboy show on television at the time of his death--most have concluded upon examination of the facts that Reeves did indeed commit suicide. This is the conclusion the movie reaches as well, but it dances around this until the end, making the viewer think for most of its length that there might be a conspiracy of some sort.
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    4.0 out of 5 stars Hollywood in the Fifties
    A beguiling look at Hollywood in the Fifties, centering on the supposed suicide of TV's Superman, George Reeves. Read more
    Published 6 days ago by JCY 500
    5.0 out of 5 stars I liked everything about this movie; direction, photography, acting, &...
    Finally, a good movie! Last night I watched the drama - “Hollywoodland”. I liked everything about this movie; direction, photography, acting, & story – all A+. Read more
    Published 24 days ago by Lon Bixby
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie although Adrian Body story line was a bit ...
    Great movie although Adrian Body story line was a bit of distraction. Still, I enjoyed this movie all the same. Read more
    Published 26 days ago by MetalMX
    5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent movie
    I watched the TV series in the 1950's. To find out what George Reeves was going thru in his torment made me feel so sad. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by worker
    3.0 out of 5 stars hollywoodland
    holly wood land was nothing what i thougt it wood be but I glad it came. It wasn't the one i thought i ordered.
    Published 2 months ago by Ezzard C. Coleman
    5.0 out of 5 stars much under appreciated film
    Great cast, great story, great feel for the non-Mad Man1950's. Film will bring back all the feelings you had the day you heard Superman had "died".
    Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
    4.0 out of 5 stars The Death of the Man of Steel
    If you were a huge fan of the old TV series as I was (my whole family was), you must see this movie. Read more
    Published 3 months ago by Joyce65
    5.0 out of 5 stars Check this movie out
    Great story must see . Love that it looks at how people really reacted at the time - murder mystery period piece.
    Published 3 months ago by heidi putallaz
    3.0 out of 5 stars Did somebody say 'Sunset Boulevard'?
    "Mr. DeMille, I am ready for my closeup now." Oh my, sometimes life is a movie, oh, and death too.
    Published 4 months ago by J. Smith
    5.0 out of 5 stars Superman?
    Who dun it? Three possible answers to George Reeves death. I do not know who did it. They should of made a sequel. TOM
    Published 4 months ago by big ed
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