The Black Dahlia


Lee Blanchard and Bucky Bleichert are former boxers-turned-cops in 1940's Los Angeles and, when an aspiring young actress turns up dead, Blanchard and Bleichert must grapple with corruption, narcissism, stag films and family madness as they pursue the killer.

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  1. James Ellroy


  2. Brian De Palma


  3. Josh Friedman


Top Billed Cast

  1. Josh Hartnett

    Josh Hartnett

    Dwight 'Bucky' Bleichert

  2. Scarlett Johansson

    Scarlett Johansson

    Kay Lake

  3. Aaron Eckhart

    Aaron Eckhart

    Lee Blanchard

  4. Hilary Swank

    Hilary Swank

    Madeleine Linscott

  5. Mia Kirshner

    Mia Kirshner

    Elizabeth Short

  6. Mike Starr

    Mike Starr

    Det. Russ Millard

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Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 2h 1m

Budget $50,000,000.00

Revenue $49,111,202.00

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Release Information

  • September 15, 2006
    R, Theatrical



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A review by John Chard

By John Chard

I have been pointing my gun at a lot of people this week.

A box office failure and a neo-noir film that confounded critics and fans alike, The Black Dahlia now appears to be a pic that has had its strengths ignored. As the clamour to kick Brian De Palma continues unabated to this day, and the point blank refusal to accept that Josh Hartnett is a better actor than the likes of Pearl Harbor suggests, it's a film worthy of a revisit by genre/style fans alike.

Plot revolves around the infamous murder of one Elizabeth Short in Hollywood, 1947. An aspiring actress who was found butchered and... read the rest.

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