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The Black Dahlia Movie

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Summary:
Elizabeth "Betty" Short, a 22-year-old aspiring actress from the East Coast who wore a delicate flower in her raven hair and became many things to many people--dear friend, beloved sister, estranged daughter, frequent girlfriend and accused prostitute. On January 15, 1947, she was discovered brutally splayed in a vacant lot near Leimert Park in downtown Los Angeles. Enter onto the scene two ex-pugilist police officers, Lee Blanchard and Dwight "Bucky" Bleichert, the poster boys for 1940s LAPD. The new partners' first homicide case starts with a call from their supervisor, Detective Millard, to investigate the slaying of the ambitious silver screen B-lister Betty Short, just as they leave a deadly shootout. Blanchard and Bleichert, like the rest of the fascinated city, become drawn into the lurid world of the Dahlia's L.A. While Blanchard's growing preoccupation with the Dahlia's murder threatens his relationship with girlfriend Kay Lake, Bleichert finds himself irresistibly drawn to the enigmatic Madeleine Linscott, the daughter of one of the city's most prominent families--who just happens to have an unsavory connection (and resemblance) to the Dahlia. Blanchard spins into obsession trying to solve the case, seeing in Betty the chance to redeem himself for letting down the other women in his life that he failed to protect. Bleichert, too, begins to question his own footing as his feelings fluctuate wildly between two disparate dames: the seemingly innocent Kay and the knowingly seductive Madeleine--whose unhinged mother, Ramona, proves to hold more than a passing clue to the mystery. Determined to be famous, destined to be infamous, Betty Short affected more lives dead than she could possibly alive. She dreamed of being photographed for the big screen but wound up the pin-up girl of tabloid autopsy photos.

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Cast:
Josh Hartnett (as Ofcr. Dwight "Bucky" Bleichert )
Scarlett Johansson (as Kay Lake )
Aaron Eckhart (as Sgt. Leland "Lee" Blanchard )
Hilary Swank (as Madeleine Linscott )
Mia Kirshner (as Elizabeth Short )
Mike Starr (as Russ Millard )
Fiona Shaw (as Ramona Linscott )
Patrick Fischler (as Ellis Loew )
James Otis (as Dolph Bleichert )
John Kavanagh (as Emmet Linscott )
Troy Evans (as Chief T. Green )
Anthony Russell (as Morrie Friedman )
Pepe Serna (as Dos Santos )
Angus MacInnes (as Capt. John Tierney )
Rachel Miner (as Martha Linscott )

Directed By: Brian De Palma
Written By: Josh Friedman & James Ellroy
Produced By: Universal Pictures

Release Date (US): September 15th, 2006

Length of Movie: 1h 59min

MPAA Rating: R for strong violence, some grisly images, sexual content and language

Budget: $50,000,000

Opening Weekend: $10,005,895

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1. The Black Dahlia - The Zoot Suit Riots
2. At Norton And Coliseum
3. The Dahlia
4. The Two Of Us
5. Mr. Fire Versus Mr. Ice
6. Madeline
7. Dwight And Kay
8. Hollywoodland
9. Red Arrow Inn
10. Men Who Feed On Others
11. Super Cops
12. Death At The Olympic
13. No Other Way
14. Betty Short
15. Nothing Stays Buried Forever

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