The Singing Detective


1h 49m 2003

Brief Synopsis

Dan Dark gives new meaning to the term "scars of childhood." A hack writer of detective stories, he has suffered from psoriatic arthropathy, a crippling disease of the skin and bones, from the time he was eight-years-old. His latest and worst outbreak has landed him in the hospital where he deliriou

Film Details

Also Known As
Den sjungande detektiven, Singing Detective
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2003
Production Company
Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment, Inc.; Clairmont Camera, Inc.; Haft Entertainment; Hanna Brothers Extreme Motion Picture Catering; Icon Productions; Icon Uk Group; International Film Guarantors; Mary Nelson-Fraser & Associates; Pacific Title & Art Studio; Paramount Pictures; Paramount Vantage; The Saul Zaentz Film Center
Distribution Company
A-Film Distribution; Constantin Film Development, Inc.; Eagle Pictures; Icon; Icon Uk Group; Paramount Home Media; Scanbox Entertainment; Shaw Organization

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 49m

Synopsis

Dan Dark gives new meaning to the term "scars of childhood." A hack writer of detective stories, he has suffered from psoriatic arthropathy, a crippling disease of the skin and bones, from the time he was eight-years-old. His latest and worst outbreak has landed him in the hospital where he deliriously tries to figure out who he is and how he got to this terrible place in his life. His fevered mind mingles real people with his fictional characters, and his past with his present. As his condition grows more desperate, he is dispatched to the charge of the eccentric psychiatrist Dr. Gibbons. Initially reluctant to confront his tortured past, Dark is gradually lured out from the "cave in the rocks" under which his spirit has crawled. Dark is visited in the hospital by his ex-wife, whom he fears his sleeping with a character from his past and conspiring to steal the screenplay he wrote years ago of his first novel, The Singing Detective. But nothing is exactly what it appears here. In his hallucinatory state, Dark re-imagines the plot of his novel, casting himself in the starring role of a gumshoe who doubles as a singer in a dance band.

Crew

Curtis Allen

Set Dresser

Jeremy Alter

Location Manager

Dana Anderson

Company Grip

Robert Anzures

Rigging Grip

Jon C Archibald

Rigging Grip

Nick Arnds

Best Boy Grip

Eddie Avila

Second Assistant Camera

Randy Babchuck

Electrician

Larry Ballard

Medic

Pat Ballard

Song ("Mr Sandman")

Christine Bauer

Stunts

Bernice Bedwell

Song ("In My Dreams")

Jennifer Bender

Extras Casting

Linda Benevente-notaro

Specialty Costumer (Keith Vanderlaan'S Captive Audience Crew)

Robert P Bennett

Camera Operator

David Bergad

Dialogue Editor

Mark Berger

Rerecording Mixer

Jan Bergstrom

Set Decorator

Dena Berman

Casting Associate

Imelda Betiong

Assistant Editor

Scott Blackwell

Special Effects Foreman

Andrew Blau

Production Coordinator

Sara Boik

Production Assistant

Simone Boiseree

Stunts

Simone Boisseree

Stunts

Larry Boyd

Set Dresser

Johnny Bragg

Song ("Just Walking In The Rain")

Patricia Budz

Hair Stylist

Steven Butensky

Production Accountant

Geb Byers

First Assistant Camera

Alberto Mauricio Caballero

Labor Foreman

Charles Calhoun

Song ("Flip Flop And Fly")

Greg Cannom

Makeup Effects Creator

Frank Canonica

Machine Room Recordist

Denise Chamian

Casting

Chapman/leonard Studio Equipment, Inc.

Other

John Chickanis

Electrician

Vicki Christianson

Chief Financial Officer (For Icon Productions)

Bob Cochran

Song ("Three Steps To Heaven")

Eddie Cochran

Song ("Three Steps To Heaven")

Eddie Cochran

Song Performer ("Three Steps To Heaven")

Wil J Collins

Production Assistant

Atmadev Cornelius

Main Title Design (Mwp Editorial)

Jeff Couch

Transportation Captain

Keith Cox

Construction Coordinator

Marsha Craig

Studio Teacher

Cory Czekaj

Special Effects Technician (Keith Vanderlaan'S Captive Audience Crew)

Bruce Davey

Producer

Billy Davis

Song ("Important Words")

Kenneth Davis

Dolly Grip

Chester G Dawes

Song ("It'S All In The Game")

Tom Dawson

Costume Supervisor

Paul Detlefson

Set Dresser

William Diamant

Company Grip

Joseph Dianda

Key Grip

Judi Dickerson

Dialect Coach

Robert Downey Jr.

Song Performer ("In My Dreams")

Jimmy Duncan

Song ("My Special Angel")

David Dupuis

Effects Technician (Keith Vanderlaan'S Captive Audience Crew)

Consuelo Duran

Specialty Costumer (Keith Vanderlaan'S Captive Audience Crew)

Alan B Edwards

Rigging Gaffer

Tommy Edwards

Song Performer ("It'S All In The Game")

Donna Ekins

Set Decorating Coordinator

Paul Evans

Song ("When")

Maureen Farley

Property Master

Piotr Filipowski

Sound Editor

Robert G Forrest

Company Grip

Alan Frazier

Best Boy Electric

Bob Fredrickson

Color Timer

Frankie Garbutt

Stunts

Anna Geyer

Machine Room Recordist

Mel Gibson

Producer

Penny A Gillman

Payroll Accountant

Paul Giorgi

First Assistant Accountant

Richard Girod

Paint Foreman

Greg Goertzen

Production Assistant (Keith Vanderlaan'S Captive Audience Crew)

Jane Goldsmith

Script Supervisor

Paul Green

Executive Vice President (For Icon Productions)

Chris Gridley

Assistant Sound Editor

Nathan Gunn

Assistant Sound Editor

Jeff Habberstad

Stunt Coordinator

Steven Haft

Producer

Earle H. Hagen

Song ("Harlem Nocturne")

Claudia Hardy

Specialty Costumer (Keith Vanderlaan'S Captive Audience Crew)

Barbara Harris

Adr Voice Casting

Brenner Hugh Harris

Set Dresser

Eric Heffron

First Assistant Director

Bobby Helms

Song Performer ("My Special Angel")

Michael Hilow

Stunts

Chris Howell

Stunts

Dan Jones

Camera Loader

Casey Jordan

Production Assistant

Will Jorgenson

Assistant Location Manager

Rick Kahn

Transfer Room Operator

Teri Kane

Film Publicist

Ted Kennedy

Dolly Grip

Tom Killeen

Effects Technician (Keith Vanderlaan'S Captive Audience Crew)

John Kim

Effects Technician (Keith Vanderlaan'S Captive Audience Crew)

Mary Kim

Production Supervisor (Keith Vanderlaan'S Captive Audience Crew)

Dan Kneece

Steadicam Operator

David Kneece

Steadicam Operator

Kevin Lake

Associate Producer

Matty Lake

Production Assistant

A. Welch Lambeth

Transportation Coordinator

Bill Landrum

Choreographer

Jacqui Landrum

Choreographer

James Lebrecht

Sound Designer

Jerry Leiber

Song ("Poison Ivy")

Kelly Lindquist

Key Costumer

John Madara

Song ("At The Hop")

Shaun Madigan

Gaffer

Rajeev Malhotra

Post-Production Supervisor

Brent Mannon

Props

Mimi Maxmen

Assistant Costume Designer

Merdyce C. Mcclaran

Assistant Property Master

James Meenaghan

Businees And Legal Affairs (For Icon Productions)

Jim Meenaghan

Business Affairs

Bob Merrill

Song ("How Much Is That Doggie In The Window")

Anthony Miller

Assistant Editor

Richard C Miller

First Assistant Camera

Vera Mitchell

Hair Design (For Mr Gibson)

Marnie Moore

Foley Artist

Michael D. Moore

Second Assistant Director

Beth Unger Morrison

Script Clearance

Jack Nance

Song ("It'S Only Make Believe")

Mark Nieman

Effects Technician (Keith Vanderlaan'S Captive Audience Crew)

Patricia Norris

Production Designer

Patricia Norris

Costume Designer

John Nurr

Supervising Sound Editor

David Nute

Location Foreman

Alexei O'brien

Production Assistant (Keith Vanderlaan'S Captive Audience Crew)

Margie O'malley

Foley Artist

Maureen Osborne

Set Dresser

Dale Ottley

Production Secretary

Patti Page

Song Performer ("How Much Is That Doggie In The Window")

David Parker

Rerecording Mixer

Helena Parker

Digital Effects Artist (Whodoo Efx Inc)

Helena Parker

Effects Designer (Whodoo Efx Inc)

David Peterson

Special Effects Coordinator

Michael Peterson

Effects Technician (Keith Vanderlaan'S Captive Audience Crew)

Pamela Phillips

Key Makeup Artist

Arthur Pimentel

Model Shop Supervisor (Keith Vanderlaan'S Captive Audience Crew)

Dennis Potter

Source Material (Based Upon The Original Television Series)

Dennis Potter

Screenwriter

Jane Potter

Co-Producer

Robert Potter

Co-Producer

Sarah Potter

Co-Producer

Christopher J Pyles

On Set Dresser

Rocky Quiroz

Cable Person

Johnny Ray

Song Performer ("Just Walking In The Rain")

Jack Reardon

Song ("When")

David Reibel

Second Second Assistant Director

Melissa A Remenarich

First Assistant Editor

Jack Rhodes

Song ("Woman Love")

Jimmy Rich

Assistant (To Mr Downey Jr)

Tom Richmond

Director Of Photography

Tom Richmond

Dp/Cinematographer

Robert S Riley

Song ("Just Walking In The Rain")

Frank Rinella

Foley Recordist

Mark Ritcheson

Digital Effects Producer (Whodoo Efx Inc)

Sacha Riviere

Second Assistant Camera

Michele Robertson

Film Publicist

Stephen Robinette

Hair Stylist

Monica Rust

Medic

Sam Sainz

Effects Technician (Keith Vanderlaan'S Captive Audience Crew)

Janell Sammelman

Production Assistant

Earl Sampson

Boom Operator

Michael Carey Schneider

Music Coordinator

Traceigh Scottel

Assistant Production Coordinator

Lorey Sebastian

Still Photographer

Noah Segan

Production Assistant

Carl Sigman

Song ("It'S All In The Game")

Jimmy Simeone

Set Dresser

Artie Singer

Song ("At The Hop")

Paul Sklar

Stunts

Rebecca Snavely

Assistant (To Mr Gordon)

Robert S Soles

Plaster Foreman

Daniel Sperry

Dolby Sound Consultant

Brian Spie

Lead Character Design (Keith Vanderlaan'S Captive Audience Crew)

Eric Stabenau

Stunts

Shawn Stevens

Craft Service

Mike Stoller

Song ("Poison Ivy")

Patti Tauscher

Foley Editor

Amy Tillman

Business And Legal Affairs (For Icon Productions)

Viet Tran

Transfer Room Operator

Gustavo Traslavina

Construction Foreman

Lisa Tritico

Medical Advisor

Clark Tucker

Stunts

Todd Tucker

Character Design (Keith Vanderlaan'S Captive Audience Crew)

Carson Turner

Assistant Location Manager

Lou Willie Turner

Song ("Flip Flop And Fly")

Conway Twitty

Song ("It'S Only Make Believe")

Conway Twitty

Song Performer ("It'S Only Make Believe")

Richard Van Dyke

Sound Mixer

Keith Vanderlaan

Makeup Effects Creator

Brian Vandorn

Effects Technician (Keith Vanderlaan'S Captive Audience Crew)

Gene Vincent

Song ("Important Words")

Gene Vincent

Song Performer ("Woman Love"), Song Performer ("Important Words"), Song Performer ("In My Dreams")

Toni-ann Walker

Hair Supervisor

Jim Wardell

Set Dresser

Film Details

Also Known As
Den sjungande detektiven, Singing Detective
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2003
Production Company
Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment, Inc.; Clairmont Camera, Inc.; Haft Entertainment; Hanna Brothers Extreme Motion Picture Catering; Icon Productions; Icon Uk Group; International Film Guarantors; Mary Nelson-Fraser & Associates; Pacific Title & Art Studio; Paramount Pictures; Paramount Vantage; The Saul Zaentz Film Center
Distribution Company
A-Film Distribution; Constantin Film Development, Inc.; Eagle Pictures; Icon; Icon Uk Group; Paramount Home Media; Scanbox Entertainment; Shaw Organization

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 49m

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Limited Release in United States October 24, 2003

Released in United States Fall October 24, 2003

Released in United States January 2003

Released in United States on Video March 23, 2004

Based on the BBC miniseries "The Singing Detective" (UK/1986) written by Dennis Potter and starring Michael Gambon.

Project was previously set up at Columbia Studios with producer Steven Haft.

Kodak

Released in United States January 2003 (Shown at Sundance Film Festival (Premieres) January 16-26, 2003.)

Released in United States on Video March 23, 2004

Limited Release in United States October 24, 2003

Released in United States Fall October 24, 2003