Rent The Black Dahlia (2006)

2.6 of 5 from 368 ratings
2h 1min
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The Black Dahlia weaves a fictionalized tale of obsession, love, corruption, greed and depravity around the true story of the brutal murder of a fledgling Hollywood starlet that shocked and fascinated the nation in 1947 and remains unsolved today. Two ex-pugilist cops, Lee Blanchard (Aaron Eckhart) and Bucky Bleichert (Josh Hartnett(, are called to investigate the homicide of ambitious silver-screen B-lister Betty Ann Short (Mia Kirshner) A.K.A. "The Black Dahlia" - an attack so grisly that images of the killing were kept from the public.
While Blanchard's growing preoccupation with the sensational murder threatens his relationship with Kay (Scarlett Johansson), his partner Bleichert finds himself attracted to the enigmatic Madeleine Linscott (Hilary Swank), the daughter of one of the city's most prominent families - who just happens to have an unsavory connection to the murder victim.
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Voiced By:
Brian De Palma
Josh Friedman, James Ellroy
Vilmos Zsigmond
Entertainment In Video
Drama, Thrillers
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Run Time:
121 minutes
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.35:1

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Reviews (7) of The Black Dahlia

Really difficult to follow - The Black Dahlia review by Tim from London

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This film is a mess. The narrative is totally incomprehensible. I had to watch some parts twice - and I'm still not entiely sure what happenned. It was also hard to understand what was being said at times - partly because the film was based on a James Ellroy book and has kept true to his slang style of writing but also because of the inept acting. Infact there were some real dud performances all round - especially from Hillary Swank and Scarlett Johansson who were flat seemed totally miscast. I like the films of Brian de Palmer when he has big set peices to carry off - eg Carlitos Way and Scarface - and he does a pretty good job in this film when the two police officers are caught in a shot out and the body is discovered. Unfortunately the rest of the film fails to match this and is more Bonfire of the Vanities than Carlito's Way.

7 out of 9 members found this review helpful.

Incomprehensible - The Black Dahlia review by CP Customer

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What a let down. I found this so hard to follow that I don't really understand what happened in the end and what's more I didn't really care. I have loved other films of Ellroy's books and other de Palma movies, but this was a completely confusing disappointment.

6 out of 6 members found this review helpful.

Such a mistake - The Black Dahlia review by CP Customer

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I was excited about this film, as I always enjoy seeing Scarlett Johansson and Josh Hartnett completely endeared himself to me in Lucky number Selvin. However, I was very disappointed. The plot line seemed to go no where, and Hilary Swank had no function.

Not the dramatic mystery I was hoping for, and I actually fell asleep for part of it and had the chore of having to re-watch it. I would not recommend this at all

5 out of 5 members found this review helpful.

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