• The Black Dahlia (2006)

The Black Dahlia

Release Date: September 15th, 2006

DVD Release Date: December 26th, 2006

R |2 hr 1 min

Plot Summary

Two cops in 1940s Los Angeles investigate the murder of a Hollywood starlet (Mia Kirshner), and one (Aaron Eckhart) puts his marriage in jeopardy by obsessing over the crime, while the other (Josh Hartnett) becomes involved with a woman (Hilary Swank) from a prominent family, who happens to have an unsavory tie to the victim.

Cast: Josh Hartnett, Scarlett Johansson, Aaron Eckhart, Hilary Swank, Mia Kirshner, Mike Starr, Fiona Shaw, Kevin Dunn

Director: Brian De Palma

Genres: Crime drama , Thriller , Mystery

Production Co: Signature Pictures

Distributors: Universal Pictures

Keywords: Investigation , 1940s , Death , Mystery , Fascinating , Los Angeles , Police station , Forbidden love , Father , Mother

Ratings & Reviews

  • 63
    Carrie RickeyPhiladelphia Inquirer

    The film's atmosphere is incendiary. It has style to burn. But for the most part, the performances are all wet. show more

  • 50
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    The production certainly looks sumptuous, and certifies Mr. Hartnett as a mainstream movie star. But the script is frequently impenetrable, the pacing is ponderous, and the film noir style can't conceal a crucial piece of misconceived casting.

  • 70
    Kirk HoneycuttThe Hollywood Reporter

    The second half feels heavy and unfulfilled, potential greatness reduced to a good movie plagued with problems. show more

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