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The Singing Detective

HD   18A Closed Captioning

Keith Gordon

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About the Movie

The Singing Detective tells the story of crime novelist Dan Dark (Robert Downey Jr.) who, languishing in his hospital bed, occupies his time by mapping out a screenplay in his head about a cynical private investigator who doubles as a singer in a dance band. His lead character is slowly drawn into a web of intrigue during the murder investigation of prostitute in 1950s Los Angeles. Heavily medicated, the border between reality and fiction starts to blur in Dark's mind. The plot is woven together with his own painful memories, and soon he is living in a fevered film-noir hell constructed by his own twisted psyche, where everyone is his enemy and no one can be trusted. Mel Gibson co-stars as the enigmatic Dr. Gibbon, the hospital psychiatrist who dares to take on Dark's tortured mind.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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39%
  • Reviews Counted: 106
  • Fresh: 41
  • Rotten: 65
  • Average Rating: 5.1/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: Fans of the classic Dennis Potter BBC miniseries: Stay far, far away from this pale, Americanized imitation. – Charles Taylor, Salon.com, Jul 7, 2010

Rotten: If the movie doesn't really work, it's because it's a hard piece to bring off, an extremely high mark to hit. Still, enough magic is left, especially in Downey's performance, to shock and beguile us. – Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune, Jul 7, 2010

Rotten: The movie makes its point and still has another hour to go. – Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, Jan 15, 2004

Fresh: When I saw it at Sundance, my attention was divided because I was trying to process the meaning of the jagged structure. Seeing it again a week ago, knowing what to expect, I found it a more moving experience. – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, Jul 7, 2010

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The Singing Detective
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2003

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