Allen Coulter (2006)

15 Certificate


Our Score
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.


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

Louis Simo Adrien Brody
Toni Mannix Diane Lane
George Reeves Ben Affleck
Eddie Mannix Bob Hoskins
Leonore Lemmon Robin Tunney
Laurie Simo Molly Parker
Carol Van Ronkel Kathleen Robertson
Helen Bessolo Lois Smith
Director Allen Coulter
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Buena VistaGuidance: Contains violence, swearing, a sex scene and nudity.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 24 Nov 2006