Hollywoodland

Hollywoodland

Artist: Affleck/Brody/Lane

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Format: DVD
Label: FOCUS FEATURES
Catalog: 2030081
Genre: DVD / Blu-Ray
Rel. Date: 02/06/2007
UPC: 025193008121

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Based on the true story of Hollywood's most notorious unsolved mystery, Hollywoodland is a tale of glamour, scandal, and corruption in 1950's Los Angeles. When George Reeves (Ben Affleck), star of TV's Adventures of Superman, is found dead in his home, millions of fans are shocked by the circumstances of his death. The police and the studio bosses want the case closed as a suicide, but rumors linger. Louis Simo (Adrien Brody), a private investigator, picks up the trail and begins to piece together the actor's last, tension-filled days. Who pulled the trigger? Was it the seductive yet scheming fiance, the spurned lover (Diane Lane), the enraged husband (Bob Hoskins), or was it Reeves himself?

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Christopher Reeve was paralyzed after an equestrian mishap, Dean Cain reduced to, um, hosting the new Ripley's Believe It or Not!, Brandon Routh' er' well' he got, like, bad reviews? Okay, the "Superman Curse" isn't what it used to be. But the phenomenon wouldn't even exist without George Reeves, the less than steely man who squeezed into tights to inhabit the invincible icon in the '50s. An accomplished actor, Reeves deeply resented being typecast as a result of the plum commercial role, turned to the bottle, and was ultimately found dead of a single gunshot wound to the head. Seems like an open and shut suicide, right? Maybe not, and that's what Adrien Brody's detective tries to determine in this sad docudrama. Turns out Reeves (a surprisingly potent Ben Affleck) also had a steamy affair with the wife of MGM's vice-president (Diane Lane), and his prints were absent from the weapon. Seems like an open and shut homicide, right? Although Hollywoodland leaves many more questions than answers, it very well may afford Affleck his second Oscar nomination. And we all know how well he responded to the first.