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The Black DahliaThe movie is based on 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 cops, Bucky Bleichert and his partner, Lee Blanchard, investigate the death of 'Elizabeth Short (I)', a young woman found brutally murdered and find their personal and professional lives fall apart in the wake of the investigation.
Actors of "The Black Dahlia"
Characters of "The Black Dahlia"
Directors of "The Black Dahlia"Brian De PalmaBirthdate: 11 September 1940, Newark, New Jersey, USA
Creators of "The Black Dahlia"Josh FriedmanJames EllroyBirthdate: 4 March 1948, Los Angeles, California, USA
Critic Reviews of "The Black Dahlia"AV ClubSeptember 23, 2006
The pairing of Ellroy and De Palma proves a marriage made in hardboiled heaven.Time OutSeptember 23, 2006
Ellroy's prose crawls into characters' secret hearts and under the reader's skin, but its foetid horrors become kitschy here, the script too streamlined and the lead performances too shallow to dredge the story's depths.New YorkerSeptember 23, 2006
The picture is a kind of fattened goose that's been stuffed with goose-liver pâté. It's overrich and fundamentally unsatisfying.ReelViewsSeptember 23, 2006
This is far from one of the director's better efforts and should be avoided by all those who are not sworn De Palma boosters.New York ObserverSeptember 20, 2006
Mr. De Palma and his collaborators have been unable to translate Mr. Ellroy's depth of feeling into cinematic equivalents.Village VoiceSeptember 15, 2006
There are moments when The Black Dahlia projects a spectral world, but its ghosts in broad daylight are elusive at best.Stop SmilingFebruary 17, 2014
The Black Dahlia doesn't solve the eternal De Palma dilemma, but it sure does fascinate.Matt's Movie ReviewsJuly 06, 2010
An over indulgent and often confusing stab at film noir, The Black Dahlia leaves little to be desired as director Brian De Palma continues to prove that his best days are behind him.CinePassionAugust 30, 2009
Visual marvel after visual marvelBeyond HollywoodApril 26, 2008
DePalma is like a magician who dazzles us with a trick only to show us, alas, it really was only a trick, and in the meantime he's stolen our watch.Eye for FilmDecember 07, 2007
You've barely time to soak up one revelation before another one is dumped on you from a great height.eFilmCritic.comJuly 23, 2007
Won't do much to dissuade the common rap against De Palma as a cold technician who takes projects just for the elaborate set pieces they provide him.
Gallery of "The Black Dahlia"