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The Black Dahlia (2006) Movie Information

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Brian De Palma


Josh Hartnett
Aaron Eckhart
Hilary Swank
Scarlett Johansson
Mia Kirshner
Mike Starr





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Two detectives become obsessed trying to solve the mystery of who killed Elizabeth Short during the 1940's in LA - partially based on actual events.

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Moviehead 03/26/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Pretty bad, but not very boring film.

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Snoogans 09/22/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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It tries to capture the old noir vibe, but only succeeds in being a look alike. It's messy story and lackluster conclusion makes it a frustrating watch.

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Beautifully realized visually, but lacking in energy and life. This film is bleak and depressing in all the wrong ways and, more than that, it's pretty boring at times.

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Chris Kavan 07/17/2007 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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If I can quote The King "A little less conversation, a little more action please." As in, the movie suffered from too much tell, not enough show. This is a good film that could have been a great one.

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03/25/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"The Black Dahlia" by Yojimbo

Based on a real case from 1947, The Black Dahlia refers to the murder of a wannabe starlet investigated by detectives Aaaron Eckhart and Josh Hartnett. Brian De Palma does his very best to ape the classic noirs of the 40s, and visually it's great as it beautifully recreates the glamour and atmosphere of the era. The sound track is also excellent and I must say I had high hopes because it actually starts off pretty well with some nice interplay between the two and some interesting plot developments. Irritations soon started to creep in though, as Brian De Palma's clunky insensitive direction and penchant for pointless gimmicks reared their ugly heads; the scene shot in first person for no discernible reason being probably the worst example. Then as the story gets messier and more sensation...

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10/29/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

The Black Dahlia has a black heart

There are only a handful of characters in The Black Dahlia, a laughable and cardboard creation by former suspense-master Brian DePalma: The up-and-coming police officer and former boxer Bucky Bleichert (Josh Hartnett), his emotionally unstable partner Lee Blanchard (Aaron Eckhart), Blanchard’s current flame, Kay Lake (Scarlett Johansson), femme fatale, Madeleine Linscott (Hilary Swank) and her wealthy parents (Fiona Shaw and John Kavanaugh). Bucky and Lee are investigating the brutal murder of Elizabeth Short, a young starlet whose mutilated body was found completely cut in half at the torso with all her organs removed and her mouth sliced ear to ear.

The film uses the real-life unsolved murder of Elizabeth Short, but it is based on the fictional detective novel by James Ellroy (which...

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