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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 15
Cast
Josh Hartnett
Scarlett Johansson
Aaron Eckhart
Hilary Swank
Mia Kirshner
Directors
Brian De Palma
Screenwriters
James Ellroy
Josh Friedman
Running Time
120 minutes

The Black Dahlia
Brian De Palma tackles Ellroy's true-crime classic


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The Black Dahlia

Plot
In 1947 the mutilated body of a young woman is found on waste ground. Two cops, both boxers, are assigned to the case but slowly both realise that their motives for solving the case are very different...


Verdict
Gorgeously realised, gripping and doused in De Palma’s familiar technical wizardry, this is only let down by the director’s equally familiar uninterest in the humanity of his characters.


Reviewed by Adam Smith

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