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Though it has all the hallmarks of a
- a gumshoe, a mysterious death and not one but two
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,
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.
Fact-based mystery focusing on the life and sudden death of actor George Reeves, famed for his role as Superman in the 1950s TV series. The story is told in flashback through the eyes of a private investigator hired by Reeves' mother to unearth the truth surrounding his mysterious fate. Starring Ben Affleck, Adrien Brody, Diane Lane and Bob Hoskins.
Cast & Crew
Brad William Henke
Contains violence, swearing, a sex scene and nudity.
DVD and Blu-ray
24 Nov 2006
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