From director Keith Gordon (Mother Night, A Midnight Clear) comes this American feature adaptation of the 1986 BBC miniseries, The Singing Detective. Robert Downey Jr. returns to the big-screen for the first time since 2000's Wonder Boys as Dan Dark, a novelist who is hospitalized with a severe case of psoriasis. As he lays in bed, Dark hallucinates that he is actually a World War II-era private dick embroiled in an oddball web of mystery, intrigue, and musical numbers. Written by the late Dennis Potter (Pennies From Heaven, Gorky Park) and co-starring Mel Gibson, Robin Wright Penn, Katie Holmes, and Adrien Brody, The Singing Detective premiered at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival.
- MPAA Rating: R
- Genre(s): Comedy,Drama
- Run Time: 109min.
- Theatrical Release Date: 10/24/2003
- DVD Release Date: 03/23/2004
- Distributor(s): Paramount
Robert Downey, Jr.
Robin Wright Penn
- Themes: Haunted By the Past,Private Eyes,Doctors and Patients,Fantasy Life,Murder Investigations
- Tone: Dreamlike,Fanciful,Lavish,Quirky,Stylized
detective, disease, doctor, dream, fever, hallucination, murder
- Country of Origin: USA - Limited (10-24-2003)
- Language: English