• 15
  • Allen Coulter (2006)
  • US
  • 120 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

Though it has all the hallmarks of a film noir - a gumshoe, a mysterious death and not one but two femmes fatales - Hollywoodland doesn't quite fit the genre bill. Instead, it's more a poignant love letter to the glory days of Tinseltown, personified by George Reeves (Ben Affleck), a struggling bit-part player who found fame in the 1950s as TV's Superman. The film takes liberties with the facts of Reeves's life, starting with his apparent suicide in 1959 and telling his story in flashback through the eyes of private eye Louis Simo (Adrien Brody), who is hired by Reeves's mother to look into her son's death. Simo uncovers three possible alternatives, all hinged on Reeves's involvement with a rich, powerful and married woman (Diane Lane). Despite the convincingly dark, smoky atmosphere to Simo's investigation, Hollywoodland works better when it's evoking Reeves's heyday - a cosmetically genteel world of zoot suits and jazz bands, in which the studio system protected its investments at any price.

Plot Summary

Mystery thriller based on a true story, starring Adrien Brody, Diane Lane and Ben Affleck. When TV's Superman George Reeves is found dead from a single gunshot wound at his Hollywood Hills home in 1959, millions of his fans go into mourning. The Los Angeles Police Department rules that his death was suicide, but Reeves's grieving mother will have none of it and hires private detective Louis Simo to investigate.

Cast and crew


Louis Simo
Adrien Brody
Toni Mannix
Diane Lane
George Reeves
Ben Affleck
Edgar Mannix
Bob Hoskins
Helen Bessolo
Lois Smith
Leonore Lemmon
Robin Tunney
Laurie Simo
Molly Parker
Chester Sinclair
Larry Cedar
Art Weissman
Jeffrey DeMunn
Kit Holliday
Caroline Dhavernas
Russ Taylor
Brad William Henke
Howard Strickling
Joe Spano


Allen Coulter

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Buena Vista
Contains violence, swearing, a sex scene and nudity.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 24 Nov 2006
Certificate 15