The Black Dahlia

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Released 2006

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Director:
Brian De Palma , Ulli Lommel
Released:
2006
Rating:
R
Inspired by the Most Notorious Unsolved Murder in California History. From the acclaimed director of Scarface and the author of LA Confidential comes the spellbinding thriller The Black Dahlia. Two ambitious cops, Lee Blanchard (Aaron Eckhart) and Bucky Bleichert (Josh Hartnett), investigate the shocking murder of an aspiring young starlet. With a corpse so mutilated that photos are kept from the public, the case becomes an obsession for the men, and their lives begin to unravel. Blanchard's relationship with his girlfriend Kay (Scarlett Johansson) deteriorates, while Bleichert finds himself drawn to the enigmatic Madeleine (Hilary Swank), a wealthy woman with a dark and twisted connection to the victim.

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  • 60

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    "Chinatown" it ain't, not in any department. On its own level, however, new pic generates a reasonable degree of intrigue.

  • 50

    Los Angeles Times Carina Chocano

    A few scenes are worth the price of admission for their inspired camp alone; Shaw happens to be in two of them.

  • 40

    The New York Times Manohla Dargis

    Mr. De Palma can be a director of dazzling creative lunacy, but there's little craziness in this restrained, awkward film. With the diverting exception of Hilary Swank, who plays a...

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Thrillers, Crime, Historical