9/10

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Runtime: 121 min

Genres: Crime | Drama | History | Mystery | Thriller

Languages: English | German

Countries: Germany | USA


A tale of obsession, love, corruption, greed and depravity that revolves around a true story of the brutal murder of a fledgling Hollywood starlet that shocked and fascinated the nation in 1947 and remains unsolved today. Two ex-pugilist cops, Lee Blanchard and Bucky Bleichert, are called to investigate the homicide of ambitious silver-screen B-lister Betty Ann Short -- aka 'The Black Dahlia' -- an attack so grisly that images of the killing were kept from the public. While Blanchard's growing preoccupation with the sensational murder threatens his marriage to Kay, his partner, Bleichert, finds himself attracted to the enigmatic Madeleine Linscott, the daughter of one of the city's most prominent families -- who just happens to have an unsavory connection to the murder victim.



Directors (1)

Writers (2)

James Ellroy (novel)
Josh Friedman (screenplay)

Composers (1)

Editors (1)

Cinematographers (1)

Actors (42)

Aaron Eckhart Lee Blanchard
Angus MacInnes Capt. John Tierney (as Angus MacInnis)
Anthony Russell Morrie Friedman
Brian De Palma Elizabeth's Screen Test Director (voice) (uncredited)
Claudia Katz Frolic Bartender
Dan Ponce Mp
David Raibon Black Man (uncredited)
Fatso-Fasano Dealer (as Fatso Fasano)
Fiona Shaw Ramona Linscott
Graham Norris Cop
Gregg Henry Pete Lukins
Hilary Swank Madeleine Linscott
Ian McNeice Coroner
James Otis Dolph Bleichert
Jemima Rooper Lorna Mertz
John Kavanagh Emmett Linscott
John Solari Baxter Fitch
Joost Scholte Madeleine's GI
Josh Hartnett Dwight 'Bucky' Bleichert
k.d. lang Lesbian Bar Singer (uncredited)
Kevin Dunn Elizabeth Short's Father (uncredited)
Kiril Efremov Friedman's Tough Guy #2 (as Kiril Eframov)
Mia Frye Laverne Bartender
Mia Kirshner Elizabeth Short
Michael P. Flannigan Desk Officer (as Michael Flannigan)
Mike O'Connell Shore Patrol
Mike Starr Det. Russ Millard
Noel Arthur Gunman #1
Patrick Fischler Deputy DA Ellis Loew
Pepe Serna Tomas Dos Santos
Petar Milchev Perp
Rachel Miner Martha Linscott
Richard Brake Bobby DeWitt
Rose McGowan Sheryl Saddon
Scarlett Johansson Kay Lake
Stephanie L. Moore Baxter Fitch's Girlfriend
Steve Eastin Detective
Teo Friedman's Tough Guy #1
Todd Thomas Gunman #2
Troy Evans Chief Ted Green
Victor McGuire Sgt. Bill Koenig
William Finley George Tilden (as Bill Finley)