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Format: DVD
Sku: 208343471
UPC: 844503001061
UPC 14: 00844503001061
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Editor's Note
Director Keith Gordon (MOTHER NIGHT, WAKING THE DEAD) makes another brave adaptation with THE SINGING DETECTIVE. Based on Dennis Potter's stunningly brilliant 1986 BBC mini-series of the same name, Gordon's version finds the film's troubled hero transplanted to 1950s America, not post-WWII London. Dan Dark (Robert Downey Jr.) is a pulp novelist in the thralls of a crippling skin disease that has rendered him delusional and immobile. Bitter, angry, and at the end of his rope, Dan manages to offend everyone he encounters. As he lies in bed, scenes from his novel swim into his mind, blurring with experiences from his own childhood. In the present, he remains paranoid that his ex-wife Nicola (Robin Wright Penn) is out to steal a script he wrote. Adding to his disgust are forced visits with an uptight psychotherapist, Dr. Gibbon (Mel Gibson), who is determined to make a breakthrough with his hateful patient. Along the way, Dan envisions several musical sequences, which appear out of nowhere and add glorious confusion to his fevered state. Gordon, working from a script that Potter himself wrote before his death, delivers an imaginary, vibrant film that is aided greatly by Robert Downey Jr.'s ferocious performance.


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Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Legend Films, Inc.
Video Release Date Release Date: 9/23/2008
Video Play Time Running Time: 108 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2003
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 00461
Video UPC UPC: 00844503001061
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Color Spec Video: Color
Entertainment Reviews
Expert Review The Singing Detective - DVD Review
By: Chris Barsanti DVD Reviews
Published on: 9/12/2008 3:28 PM
“I’m a prisoner inside my own skin.” So says Dan Dark (Robert Downey Jr.), hack novelist and lifelong sufferer of psoriatic arthropathy, a horrific disease that has left him with barely functioning limbs and an appalling welter of blisters and rashes over every inch of his body. Dark spews rage at everyone who comes near him, from his fed-up wife (Robin Wright Penn) to the gaggle of aloof doctors who occasionally drop by to put him on a different drug. To get away from the misery of his day-to-day existence, Dark retreats into a 1950s film noir fantasy world straight from one of his books, where he’s a handsome band singer who moonlights as a the full review

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Jeremy Northam
Video Cast Info Carla Gugino
Video Cast Info Saul Rubinek
Video Cast Info Katie Holmes
Video Cast Info Adrien Brody
Video Cast Info Alfre Woodard
Video Cast Info Mel Gibson
Video Cast Info Robert Downey Jr.
Video Cast Info Jon Polito
Video Cast Info Robin Wright
Video Cast Info Dennis Potter - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Bruce Davey - Producer
Video Cast Info Mel Gibson - Producer
Video Cast Info Steven M. Haft - Producer
Video Cast Info Tom Richmond - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Patricia Norris - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Dennis Potter - Source Writer
Video Cast Info Stanley J. Wlodkowski - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Jeff Wishengrad - Editor
Video Cast Info Patricia Norris - Costume Designer
Video Cast Info Keith Gordon - Director

Professional Reviews

USA Today
"...Downey fans may enjoy it because DETECTIVE gives the actor one of his best showcase roles since CHAPLIN..." 10/24/2003 p.5E

Entertainment Weekly
"...Robert Downey Jr. is great in a role no one less magnetically reckless would dare approach..." 10/31/2003 p.55

Los Angeles Times
"...[With] Robert Downey Jr. in a boldly theatrical portrayal that represents a personal career high watermark..." 10/24/2003 p.C12

Chicago Sun-Times
"It proposes to be a subjective view of suffering, and the ways this character tries to cope with it. Understand that, and the pieces fall into place." 11/14/2003 p.32

"It's an intriguing, brisk effort..." 12/01/2003 p.154

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Downey,Robert Jr.
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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