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Title Hollywoodland [videorecording] / 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.

Imprint [New York, NY] : Focus Features ; Universal City, CA : Distributed by Universal Studios Home Entertainment, 2007.


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library DVD    HOL    Available
Description 1 videodisc (2 hrs., 7 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Series Focus Features spotlight series
Focus Features spotlight series.
System Details DVD; region 1, Dolby Digital 5.1 ; widescreen (1.85:1) presentation.
Language In English or dubbed Français ; subtitled for the deaf and hard of hearing (SDH) English, Español, or Français.
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).
Credits Director of photography, Jonathan Freeman ; editor, Michael Berenbaum ; music by Marcelo Zarvos ; production designer, Leslie McDonald ; costume designer, Julie Weiss.
Note Originally produced as a motion picture in 2006.
Audience MPAA rating: R; for language, some violence and sexual content.
Summary 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?
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.
Note 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.).
Subject Reeves, George, 1914-1959 -- Drama.
Actors -- United States -- Drama.
Murder -- California -- Drama.
Motion picture industry -- Drama.
Motion picture actors and actresses -- United States -- Drama.
Cold cases (Criminal investigation) -- California -- Los Angeles -- Drama.
Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.) -- Drama.
Actores -- Estados Unidos -- Teatro.
Delitos -- California -- Los Ángeles -- Teatro.
Genre/Form Detective and mystery films.
Biographical films.
Historical films.
Feature films.
Fiction films.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Added Author Coulter, Allen. Director.
Bernbaum, Paul, 1957- Screenwriter.
Williamson, Glenn.
Brody, Adrien. Actor.
Lane, Diane. Actor.
Affleck, Ben, 1972- Actor.
Hoskins, Bob. Actor.
Smith, Lois, 1930-
Tunney, Robin.
DeMunn, Jeffrey, 1947-
Universal Pictures (Firm)
Focus Features.
Miramax Films.
Back Lot Pictures.
Universal Studios Home Entertainment (Firm)
Standard No. 025192884627
Music No. 62028846 Universal Studios Home Entertainment

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