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A uniquely compelling exploration fo fame and identity, inspired by one of hollywood's most infamous real-life mysteries. The glamou of tinseltown permanently fades for actor george reeves, T.V.'s superman, as the actor dies. Behind the icon was a complex man who gave his life to hollywood in more ways than one


Studio Universal Home Video
SKU 203518478
UPC 025195000208
UPC 14 00025195000208
Format HD DVD
Release Date 2/6/2007
Rating Rating
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.85:1
Cast & Crew
Adrien Brody - Actor
Allen Coulter - Director
Ben Affleck - Actor
Bob Hoskins - Actor
Brad William Henke - Actor
Diane Lane - Actor
Glenn Williamson - Producer
J. Miles Dale - Executive Producer
Joe Spano - Actor
Jonathan Freeman - Cinematographer
Lois Smith - Actor
Marcelo Zarvos - Original Music By
Michael Berenbaum - Editor
Patrick Banister - Art Director
Paul Bernbaum - Writer
Robin Tunney - Actor
Winner (2006) Venice Film Festival, Ben Affleck, Volpi Cup - Best Actor
Nominee (2006) Venice Film Festival, Allen Coulter, Golden Lion Award
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review The question of whether actor George Reeves committed suicide or was murdered will go down in history as one of Hollywood's great unsolved mysteries. Allen Coulter's Hollywoodland, a fictionalized account (it uses both apocryphal stories and confirmed events) of an investigation of the death, presents the three most common scenarios but, taking a page from Rashomon, it never settles on one. The film is balanced in its presentation of the evidence for and against suicide. Ultimately, however, Hollywoodland is only peripherally about the life and death of George Reeves...Director Allen Coulter is a TV veteran but a motion picture newcomer. His work here indicates he is someone to watch. The pacing is slow and deliberate, but the story never ceases to intrigue.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Variety
Review "Superman Kills Self" ranks as one of the most traumatic newspaper headlines of the 1950s to many Americans who were kids then, and the little-discussed sad and seamy aspects of the case are explored in "Hollywoodland." First-time scripter Paul Bernbaum's framing story, designed to stir up suspicion that George Reeves was a murder victim rather than a suicide, unfortunately proves far less intriguing than does the melancholy tale of a limited actor reaching the end of the line during a transitional period in Hollywood...Along with Affleck's happy change-of-pace turn, Lane impresses strongly while riding the emotional rollercoaster from self-assured seductress -- she at one point acknowledges she's got seven years left to trade on her looks -- to devastated woman scorned.
Reviewer Todd McCarthy
ReviewRating 7
DVD, Dolby, Digital Audio, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, French, Widescreen, No Longer Produced
Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader The period details and performances are uniformly superb...
Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune ...tart, lively banter and welcome comedic touches.
William Arnold, Seattle Post-Intelligencer It packs surprising punch as a biopic.
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