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The mysterious and unexpected death of an iconic Hollywood star may be just the tip of an iceberg of scandal in this showbiz drama based on a true story. George Reeves (played by Ben Affleck) was a journeyman actor who had played a small role in Ben Affleck and appeared onscreen with the likes of James Cagney, Rita Hayworth, and Marlene Dietrich, but his career was not exactly booming when he was cast as comic-book hero Superman in a 1951 B-movie, Marlene Dietrich. A year later, the producers of the movie launched a syndicated Marlene Dietrich television series with Reeves returning as "The Man of Steel." The show became a major hit, and Reeves was a star at last. However, on June 16, 1959, to the shock of many, Reeves was found dead of a gunshot wound. Police soon declared Reeves' death a suicide and closed the case, but his mother (Lois Smith) refused to believe her son took his own life, and hired Louis Simo (Adrien Brody), a private detective, to find out the truth about her son's passing. Simo found that many Hollywood insiders did not care to cooperate as he researched the Reeves case, but his digging uncovered plenty of evidence suggesting the actor did not take his own life, and he also revealed one of Reeves' deepest secrets -- while he was engaged to marry a pretty young starlet, Leonore Lemmon (Robin Tunney), Reeves was also carrying on an affair with the beautiful Toni Mannix (Diane Lane), the wife of Eddie Mannix (Bob Hoskins), a powerful and ill-tempered executive at MGM. While the producers of Hollywoodland based their story on factual accounts of the investigation into the death of George Reeves, they were denied permission to use the Superman logo and the familiar introduction to the Bob Hoskins television show by the respective copyright holders. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:September 8, 2006

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Venice International Film Festival Ben Affleck Best Actor 2006 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Ben Affleck Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 2006 Nominee
Broadcast Film Critics Association Ben Affleck Best Supporting Actor 2006 Nominee
Chicago Film Critics Association Ben Affleck Best Supporting Actor 2006 Nominee

Cast

Adrien Brody
as Louis Simo
Ben Affleck
as George Reeves
Diane Lane
as Toni Mannix
Bob Hoskins
as Edgar Mannix
Lois Smith
as Helen Bessolo
Robin Tunney
as Leonore Lemmon
Larry Cedar
as Chester Sinclair
Jeffrey DeMunn
as Art Weissman
Caroline Dhavernas
as Kit Holliday
Brad William Henke
as Russ Taylor
Dash Mihok
as Sergeant Jack Paterson
Molly Parker
as Laurie Simo
Kathleen Robertson
as Carol Van Ronkel
Joe Spano
as Howard Strickling
Gareth Williams
as Del
Zach Mills
as Evan Simo
Kevin Hare
as Robert Condon
Walter Rinaldi
as Funeral Reporter #2
Kerin McCue
as Superman Announcer
Erin Gooderham
as Jackie, Leonore's Friend
Dendrie Allyn Taylor
as Mrs. Sinclair
Sven Van De Ven
as John Hamilton/Perry White
Cotton Mather
as Dark Figure
Jack Newman
as Izzy Berne, Tailor
David Bolt
as Judge Eisler
Seamus Dever
as Phillip
Neil Crone
as Chuck
Alexander Drogemuller
as Stunned Boy
Eric Kaldor
as Barbell Man
Murray Oliver
as Funeral Reporter #1
Steve Brandes
as Thug Detective
Lorry Ayers
as Phyllis Coates/Lois Lane
Charlie Lea
as 5-Year-Old Evan
Joseph Adam
as Jack Larson/Jimmy Olsen
Richard Fancy
as Alford "Rip" Van Ronkel
Robert Kennedy
as Tommy Carr, Director
Phillip MacKenzie
as Bill Bliss
Bill Lake
as Cigar Man
Ted Atherton
as Detective Doug Johnson
Tim Dorsch
as Docville Bank Teller
Jason Spevack
as Kenneth Giles
Todd Grinnell
as Times Reporter
Donald Burda
as Rick Harris
Jody Jaress
as Mannix Maid
Brendan Wall
as Harold Chiles, Casting Director
Natalie Krill
as Camera Girl
Joan Gregson
as Chopard Saleswoman
Steve Adams
as Bob Maxwell, Producer
Eric Weinthal
as Barney Sarecky, Producer
Michael Rhoades
as James Engelmann
Veronica Watt
as Rita Hayworth
Diego Fuentes
as Natividad Vacio
Eric Fink
as Dominick's Waiter
Terry Barna
as Buddy Adler

Crew

Allen Coulter
Director
Glenn Williamson
Producer
Paul Bernbaum
Screenwriter
Jonathan Freeman
Cinematographer
Dan Lieberstein
Musical Direction/Supervision
Marcelo Zarvos
Composer (Music Score)
Michael Berenbaum
Editor
Leslie McDonald
Production Designer
Patrick Banister
Art Director
Jake Myers
Executive Producer
Joe Pichirallo
Executive Producer
J. Miles Dale
Executive Producer
Michael Shocrylas
Set Designer
Greg Pelchat
Set Designer
Odetta Stoddard
Set Decorator
Ronald R. Reiss
Set Decorator
Julie Weiss
Costume Designer
Glen Gauthier
Sound/Sound Designer
Myron Hoffert
First Assistant Director
Angelo Colavecchia
Camera Operator
Randy Butcher
Stunts
Jay Caputo
Stunts
Brian Jagersky
Stunts
Paul Rutledge
Stunts
Jennifer Caputo
Stunts
Curtis Parker
Stunts
Tina Gerussi
Casting
Lawrence Manchester
Sound Mixer
Joanna Colbert
Casting
Peter Vronsky
Conductor
Michael Lannan
Personal Assistant
Bruce McLean
Transportation Coordinator
Redd Knight
Production Coordinator
Cotton Mather
Stunts Coordinator
Jeff Adams
Grip
Jon Pray
Assistant Costume Designer
Lawrence Manchester
Recording
Chris McBee
Hair Styles
Paul Hsu
Sound Effects Editor
Jeff Passanante
Construction Coordinator
Lindsay Jacobs
Costumes Supervisor
Even Greenberg
Production Assistant
Jayson Hill
Craft Service/Catering
Richard Kmecza
Production Assistant
Jennifer Dunnington
Music Editor
Craig Dobbie
Dolly Grip
Ron Yolevsky
Key Grip
Scott McGeo
Best Boy Grip
Bill Dance
Extra Casting
Leslie Whittaker
Electrician
Bobby Johanson
ADR Recordist
Steve Switzer
Boom Operator
John Colavecchia
First Assistant Camera
Michael Lyon
Electrician
Karen Asano-Myers
Key Hairstylist
Laura Bagano
Craft Service/Catering
Marcelo Zarvos
Music Producer
Tim Squyres
Consulting Editor
Marcelo Zarvos
Musical Performer
Steven Kenyon
Musical Performer
Ralph Alessi
Musical Performer
Sonja Christoph
Set Production Assistant
Walter Lipscombe
Best Boy Grip
Patricia Medina
Assistant Hair
Kirsten Schreiber
Production Assistant
Francis Guevara
Craft Service/Catering
Brian Lytle
Driver
Salvatore Menga
Driver
Gene Bishop
Swing Gang
J. Miles Dale
Unit Production Manager
J. Miles Dale
Second Unit Director
Fiona Campbell Westgate
Visual Effects Producer
Julie Altus
ADR Recordist
Beth Gilinsky
Art Department Coordinator
Beau Foster
Set Production Assistant
Lisa Shamata
Unit Publicist
Chris Deeley
Leadman
Justin Babin
Grip
Don Haggerty
Driver
Anthony Carlino
Swing Gang
Jennifer O'Halloran
Key Hairstylist
Michael Houslander
Camera Loader
Susan Marucci
Script Supervisor
Linda Montgomerie
Hair Styles
Linda Dowds
Key Make-up
Branka Mrkic-Tana
Dialogue Editor
Kirsten Laube
Camera Loader
Roberta Romano
Casting Assistant
Catherine Sample
Assistant Production Coordinator
Dee Schuka
Post Production Accountant
Gerrod Shully
Third Assistant Director
Luisa Abel
Key Make-up
Dennis Berardi
Visual Effects Supervisor
Chris Fielder
Assistant Sound Editor
Deryck Blake
Properties Master
Trevanna Post
Post Production Accountant
Jesse Cartwright
Driver
Matt Birman
Stunts Coordinator
Rachel Leko
Production Secretary
Sammy Pasha
Personal Assistant
Henry Humphreys
Set Medic/First Aid
Luis M. Sequeira
Assistant Costume Designer
Cylvan Desrouleaux
Second Assistant Camera
Renata Vilimova
Musical Performer
Vashti Desire
Driver
Amber Chase
Assistant Makeup
Al Donin
Driver
Jordan Craig
Special Effects Coordinator
Krissopher Chevannes
ADR Recordist
Brian Schornak
Personal Assistant
Eric Putz
Color Timing
Jerry Borris
Best Boy Electric
Walt Martin
Production Sound Mixer
Jennifer Lane
Post Production Supervisor
Jeffrey Cassidy
Video Assist
Suzanne Hodson
Buyer
George Kraychyk
Still Photographer
Chay Carter
Personal Assistant
Terry Van Bebber
Driver
Edward Lipscombe
Key Grip
Derek Somaru
Assistant Music Editor
Susan Chooljian
Art Department Coordinator
Christopher Amy
Properties Maker Foreman
Bob Warwick
Second Assistant Director
Charles McGlynn
Assistant Properties
Carrie Puchkoff
First Assistant Editor
Ron Bochar
Supervising Sound Editor
Ron Renzetti
Dolly Grip
Vicki Sousa
Driver
Ignacio Santos
Driver
Richard Mento
Casting Associate
Marjorie McCown
Assistant Costume Designer
Gregg Edler
Production Coordinator
Sandra Dixon
Second Assistant Accountant
Anthony Penido
Set Medic/First Aid
Dave Maddux
Gaffer
Josh Ponek
Grip
Christina Smith
Makeup
Don Riesau
Driver
Earl Araneta
Set Medic/First Aid
Alexa Zimmerman
Assistant Sound Editor
Jennifer Coe
Personal Assistant
Joanne Rourke
Color Timing
Jason Parrillo
Electrician
Nancy McArdle
Costumes Supervisor
Sidney Baldwin
Still Photographer
Lee Stepp
Transportation Captain
Cristen Carr Strubbe
Unit Production Manager
Bob Decourt
Carpenter
Stacy Clinger
Leadman
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