The Black Dahlia (2006)

R   |    |  Crime, Drama, Mystery

The Black Dahlia (2006) Poster

Two policemen see their personal and professional lives fall apart in the wake of the "Black Dahlia" Elizabeth Short murder investigation.




  • Hilary Swank in The Black Dahlia (2006)
  • Arielle Kebbel at an event for The Black Dahlia (2006)
  • The Black Dahlia (2006)
  • Brian De Palma at an event for The Black Dahlia (2006)
  • Aaron Eckhart and Josh Hartnett in The Black Dahlia (2006)
  • Brian De Palma and Scarlett Johansson in The Black Dahlia (2006)

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Brian De Palma


Josh Friedman (screenplay), James Ellroy (novel)

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9 October 2006 | littlemartinarocena
| Beautiful, Messy, Campy, Noirish, Smartly Idiotic
Yes, all of it and more. The images are beautiful but what a mess. I don't need to understand what's going on if, at least, I'm entertained. Look at The Big Sleep for instance. There will never be another "Chinatown" I'm afraid, regardless of what Mr Ellroy thinks. The one element that sees you through this inconsequential mess is Josh Harnett's face. At times he looks as confused as I did and just as annoyed. Who can blame him? Hilary Swank, what was she doing? She looked like Vampyra's sister, the boring one. What a catastrophic piece of casting. And Fiona Shaw? If the film had been all like her performance the flick could have had a chance at the campiest "noire" ever put on film ever. But not such luck. All this said and done, it's a De Palma movie and that counts for something. Black Dahlia is certainly better than Snake Eyes but as a De Palma fan I felt terribly let down.

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Release Date:

15 September 2006


English, German

Country of Origin

USA, Germany, UK, Israel, Bulgaria

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$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,005,895 17 September 2006

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:


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