Inspired by the most notorious unsolved murder in California history.
Two policemen see their personal and professional lives fall apart in the wake of the "Black Dahlia" murder investigation.
2.35 : 1
Rated R for strong violence, some grisly images, sexual content and language.
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Black Dahlia, Murder, Death, Actress, 1940s
Dolby Digital, DTS
Period Film, Post-Noir (Modern Noir), Police Drama
Murder Investigations, Scandals and Cover-ups, Actor's Life, Obsessive Quests, Crumbling Marriages, Femmes Fatales, Love Triangles
Ominous, Moody, Atmospheric
Black Dahlia, 1946
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The Black Dahlia is a 2006 neo noir crime film directed by Brian De Palma. It is based on the novel of the same name by James Ellroy, writer of L.A. Confidential. The story is based on the murder of Elizabeth Short. The film had its world premiere as the opening film at the 63rd Venice Film Festival on August 30, 2006. The film's wide release was on September 15, 2006. Despite the film being both a critical and financial failure, the film was nominated for Best Cinematography at the 79th Academy Awards, but lost to Pan's Labyrinth.
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In Los Angeles, California, on January 15, 1947, two LAPD Police Officers Dwight 'Bucky' Bleichert (Josh Hartnett) and Lee Blanchard (Aaron Eckhart), investigate the murder of Elizabeth Short (Mia Kirshner). As Lee is investigating the case, Bucky falls in love with Lee's girlfriend Katherine 'Kay' Lake (Scarlett Johansson). Lee grows more obsessive and abusive and soon disappears, and is later found dead.
Meanwhile, Bucky meets Madeline Linscott (Hilary Swank), who looks like Elizabeth and is obsessed with the Glasgow smile, the same smile that Elizabeth had when her body was discovered. He also meets her parents and her sister. Bucky starts dating Kay and is soon caught by her when he and Madeline are about to have sex. Kay also questions him about Madeline looking like Elizabeth. Bucky finds a barn below the Hollywoodland sign and a drawing of a man with a Glasgow smile drawn on the wall with blood. It is also the picture that Madeline has in her parents' house.
After accusing Madeline's father Emmett (John Kavanagh), Madeline's mother Ramona (Fiona Shaw) reveals the truth. Ramona tells Bucky how she killed Elizabeth. A few days later, Bucky goes to the Linscott's house, and after speaking with Madeline's sister and working out the truth about Lee's murder, he finds Madeline at a motel and shoots her dead.
While going into Kay's house, Bucky sees a crow chirping by Elizabeth's body, then realizes that it was only a hallucination. Then he closes the door as the film ends.
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