Release Dates: SEPTEMBER 15, 2006

Taglines: The most infamous murder in Hollywood.

Production Company: Millennium Films / Nu-Image / Equity Pictures

Adaptation of James Ellroy’s 1940s-era novel about two L.A. cops who head up the hunt for the killer of actress Elizabeth Short.

Crew: Brian De Palma (director); Josh Friedman (screenplay); James Ellroy (writer); Rudy Cohen, Art Linson, Moshe Diamant (producers); Rolf Deyhle, Danny Dimbort, B. Harris, James B. Harris, Henrik Huydts, Josef Lautenschlager, Avi Lerner, Trevor Short, Andreas Thiesmeyer, John Thompson (executive producers) Michael P. Flannigan (line producer); Gerd Koechlin, Manfred Heid (co-executive producers)

Cast: Josh Hartnett as Ofcr. Dwight "Bucky" Bleichert, Scarlett Johansson as Kay Lake, Hilary Swank as Madeleine Sprague, Aaron Eckhart as Sgt. Leland "Lee" Blanchard, Mia Kirshner as Elizabeth Short, Noel Arthur as Blackman #1, Judith Benezra, Richard Brake as Bobby DeWitt, Kevin Dunn as Cleo Short, Troy Evans, William Finley, Patrick Fischler as A.D.A. Ellis Loew, Michael P. Flannigan as Desk sergeant, Gregg Henry, Claudia Katz as Frolic Bartender, John Kavanagh as Emmet Linscott, Laura Kightlinger as Hooker, Steven Koller as Male nurse, Angus MacInnes, David McDivitt as Cop, Rose McGowan as Sheryl Saddon, Victor McGuire, Rachel Miner, Stephanie L. Moore as Pretty Girl, Graham Norris, James Otis, David Raibon as Black Man, Jemima Rooper, Anthony Russell, Joost Scholte as GI Pick Up, Pepe Serna, Fiona Shaw, Joey Slotnick, Mike Starr as Russ Millard, Marissa Welsh as Young Mother

Studio: Universal Pictures

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Film Fetish trivia:
David Fincher had originally scheduled to direct the Black Dahlia.

Mark Wahlberg had initially signed to play Lee
Blanchard, but scheduling conflicts
with The Brazilian Job prevented it.

Ellroy’s book was based partly on the true story
of the murder of Elizabeth Short, who was an aspiring actress
that moved to Hollywood in the late 1940s from
Massachusetts. She disappeared sometime during
January 1947. On January 15, 1947 her
mutilated body was found in an empty lot
in South Central Los Angeles. Her murderer was never

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