The Black Dahlia


2h 1m 2006

Brief Synopsis

Elizabeth "Betty" Short, a 22-year-old aspiring actress from the East Coast who wore a delicate flower in her raven hair and became many things to many people--dear friend, beloved sister, estranged daughter, frequent girlfriend and accused prostitute. On January 15, 1947, she was discovered brutall

Film Details

Also Known As
Black Dahlia, Den svarta dahlian, Le dahlia noir, dahlia noir
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2006
Production Company
Claude Forest
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures
Location
Los Angeles, California, USA; Bulgaria

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 1m

Synopsis

Elizabeth "Betty" Short, a 22-year-old aspiring actress from the East Coast who wore a delicate flower in her raven hair and became many things to many people--dear friend, beloved sister, estranged daughter, frequent girlfriend and accused prostitute. On January 15, 1947, she was discovered brutally splayed in a vacant lot near Leimert Park in downtown Los Angeles. Enter onto the scene two ex-pugilist police officers, Lee Blanchard and Dwight "Bucky" Bleichert, the poster boys for 1940s LAPD. The new partners' first homicide case starts with a call from their supervisor, Detective Millard, to investigate the slaying of the ambitious silver screen B-lister Betty Short, just as they leave a deadly shootout. Blanchard and Bleichert, like the rest of the fascinated city, become drawn into the lurid world of the Dahlia's L.A. While Blanchard's growing preoccupation with the Dahlia's murder threatens his relationship with girlfriend Kay Lake, Bleichert finds himself irresistibly drawn to the enigmatic Madeleine Linscott, the daughter of one of the city's most prominent families--who just happens to have an unsavory connection (and resemblance) to the Dahlia. Blanchard spins into obsession trying to solve the case, seeing in Betty the chance to redeem himself for letting down the other women in his life that he failed to protect. Bleichert, too, begins to question his own footing as his feelings fluctuate wildly between two disparate dames: the seemingly innocent Kay and the knowingly seductive Madeleine--whose unhinged mother, Ramona, proves to hold more than a passing clue to the mystery. Determined to be famous, destined to be infamous, Betty Short affected more lives dead than she could possibly alive. She dreamed of being photographed for the big screen but wound up the pin-up girl of tabloid autopsy photos.

Crew

Rachel Abarbanell

Coordinator

Ruben Abarca

Swing Gang

Gina Abatemarco

Assistant

Marisa Aboitiz

Costume Supervisor

Timothy D. Ackers

Painter

Tsila Adler

Post-Production Accountant

Hristo Aleksandrov

Camera Assistant

Ivan Aleksandrov

Grip

Emil Alexiev

Driver

H. Leah Amir

Craft Service

Daniela Ancheva

Production Auditor

Dobril Kinov Andreev

Special Effects

Curtis A Andrews

Generator Operator

Miroslav Angelov

Construction

Petko Angelov

On-Set Dresser

Giovanni Angler

Construction Manager

Mihail Apostolov

Grip

Selena Arizanovic

Music Coordinator

Marian Asande

Greensman

Asen Asenov

Stunts

Emil Asenov

Assistant

Niki Asenov

Driver

Vladislav Asenov

Assistant

Sylvia Asenova

Production Assistant

Peter Atanasov

Construction

Luba Atanasova

Scenic Artist

Asi Avramov

Driver

Angel Baberov

Assistant

Steve Baine

Foley Artist

Krasimir Balchov

Assistant

Terry Baliel

Hair Stylist

Grigor Bankov

Construction

Anna Bankova

Accounting Assistant

John W Barbee

Transportation Coordinator

Cecil Barber

Driver

Chris Barnes

Painter

Scott Barry

Stand-In

Pierluigi Basile

Art Director

Ryan Beadle

Digital Effects Artist

Abby Bean

Assistant

Jenny Beavan

Costume Designer

Todd Beckett

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Ramiro Belgardt

Music Editor

Frank Bennett

Original Music

Anne Berger

Assistant Director

Eric Bergren

Other

Brian Berkel

Foreman

Maria C Berryhill

Assistant Director

Victor Bikarski

Construction

Phil Blackaby

Driver

Bogomil Blagoev

Sculptor

Kirk Bloom

Camera Assistant

Simeon Boev

On-Set Dresser

Miglena Bogdanova

Scenic Artist

Yordan Bojich

Production

Milen Bojichov

Driver

Valeri Bojilchev

Assistant

Delyan Borisov

Accounting Assistant

Miroslav Borisov

Grip

Ivan Borushev

On-Set Dresser

Willie Botha

Special Effects Supervisor

Lucy Boulting

Casting

Stoyan Boyadjiev

Art Department

Brad Boyer

Grip

Asen Bozilov

Sculptor

Erik L Brown

Camera Assistant

Jesse Brown

Props

Donald Bruce

Auditor

Alexander Bscheidl

Camera Assistant

Dirk Buchmann

Property Master

Orlin Ilchev Budinov

Special Effects

Roger Byrd

Driver

Steve Caldwell

Digital Effects Artist

David T Cannon

Construction Coordinator

Rosica Canovska

Hair Stylist

Fiodor Canovski

Rigging Electrician

Carmen Carpenter

Finance Manager

Amy Carroll

Set Production Assistant

Jamie Castalano

Greensman

Mike Castillo

Digital Effects Artist

John Cazin

Special Effects Foreman

Alessandro Cedoloni

Sculptor

Jeff Charles

Film Lab

Angel Chaushev

Construction

Scott E Chester

Production Supervisor

Michael Chickey

Assistant Location Manager

Angela Cimarusti

Gang Boss

Linda Cipperley

Driver

Ira Clarckson

Art Department Coordinator

Ross Clarkson

Camera Operator

Bonnie Clevering

Hair Stylist

Michael Clifford

Pyrotechnics

Karen Cockrell

Accounting Assistant

Reed Cohan

Driver

Jeff Cohen

Production Accountant

Rudy Cohen

Producer

Samuel Cohen

Boom Operator

Elie Cohn

Unit Production Manager

Maggie Cohn

Assistant

Buck Compton

Driver

Christopher Cortijo

Security

George Cowin

Driver

Mark Cross

Assistant Production Coordinator

Giulia Chiara Crugnola

Illustrator

Sam Dabbs

Digital Effects

Chad Darnell

Extras Agent/Coordinator

Boaz Davidson

Executive Producer

Dicky Deats

Key Grip

Jerry C Deats

Rigging Grip

Shannon Deats

Grip

Brad Dechter

Original Music

Lee Delang

Sound Editor

Carol Delossantos

Other

Bill Deluca

Driver

Craig Demartini

Film Lab

Sonya Despotova

Wardrobe Supervisor

Peter Detoffoli

Driver

Sean Devine

Dolly Grip

Kyle Devreindt

Film Lab

Emaniul Deyanov

Construction

Rolf Deyhle

Executive Producer

Vittorio Di Perzio

Scenic Artist

Moshe Diamant

Producer

David Diamond

Location Manager

Carla Dibello

Assistant

Spiro Dichev

Grip

Niki Dikov

On-Set Dresser

David Dilley

Set Production Assistant

Danny Dimbort

Executive Producer

Georgi Dimitrov

Stunts

Georgi Dimitrov

Sculptor

Pavel Dimitrov

Construction

Pavel Dimitrov

Special Effects

Stoycho Tinkov Dimitrov

Special Effects

Vladimir Dimitrov

Assistant

Dimo Dimov

On-Set Dresser

Kiril Dimov

Construction

Stefan Dinev

Driver

Ekaterina Dineva

Special Effects Assistant

Leticia Nikolova Dineva

Special Effects

Luchezar Dobrev

Construction

Svetozar Doichev

Sculptor

Maria Doicheva

Scenic Artist

Dennis Dorney

Visual Effects Editor

Ryan Dorney

Assistant Editor

Mark Dornfeld

Visual Effects Supervisor

Dimitar Doychinov

Stunts

Tulio Duenas

Loader

Nikolai Dulev

Driver

Michael S Duncan

Production Assistant

Bogidar Eftov

Construction

Lucinda Egerton

Assistant Director

Mark Egerton

Assistant Director

Valance Eisleben

Film Lab

Hristo Elangiev

Electrician

Katalin Elek

Makeup Artist

Zoltan Elek

Makeup Artist

Keith Elliott

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

James Ellroy

Source Material

Miroslav Yankov Enev

Greensman

Barry Ennis

Office Production Assistant

Tanya Esteves

Production Assistant

Emil Evtimov

Greensman

Lubomir Evtimov

Driver

Petya Evtimova

Assistant Director

Paula Fairfield

Supervising Sound Editor

Paula Fairfield

Sound Designer

Roberta Federica

Illustrator

Dante Ferretti

Production Designer

Michele Ferrone

Visual Effects Producer

Sue Field

Script Supervisor

Filip Filipov

Grip

Ed Fincher

Set Costumer

Martin Finke

Production Auditor

Michael P Flannigan

Line Producer

Claude Forest

Production Insurance

Ed Franch

Makeup Effects

Elli Frantzes

Stage Manager

Josh Friedman

Screenplay

Elisabeth Fry

Hair

Mia Frye

Choreographer

Joe Garland

Song

John Garrett

Loader

Antonio Garrido

Crane Grip

Adam Gass

Visual Effects Editor

Rosemary Gearhart

Stand-In

Evgeni Genchev

Sculptor

Svetla Genova

Extras Casting Assistant

Alexander Georgiev

Construction

Boyan Georgiev

Sculptor

Gabriel Georgiev

Location Assistant

George Angelov Georgiev

Driver

Ivailo Georgiev

On-Set Dresser

Stoyan Georgiev

Grip

Zoran Georgiev

Sculptor

Didi Georgieva

Set Costumer

Vencislav Gergov

Construction

Nimi Getter

Gaffer

Amy Gillespie

Editorial Assistant

Amy Glenn

Wardrobe

Film Details

Also Known As
Black Dahlia, Den svarta dahlian, Le dahlia noir, dahlia noir
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2006
Production Company
Claude Forest
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures
Location
Los Angeles, California, USA; Bulgaria

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 1m

Award Nominations

Best Cinematography

2006

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States Fall September 15, 2006

Released in United States on Video December 26, 2006

Released in United States 2006

Released in United States September 2006

Shown at Venice International Film Festival (Opening Night) August 30-September 9, 2006.

Shown at Deauville Festival of American Cinema (Premiere) September 1-10, 2006.

Based on the novel "Black Dahlia" written by James Ellroy; published by Warner Books September, 1988.

Apollomedia FilmManagement was previously attached to co-finance.

David Fincher and David Lynch were previously attached to direct.

Mark Wahlberg was previously attached to star but dropped out to star in "The Italian Job 2."

Released in United States Fall September 15, 2006

Released in United States on Video December 26, 2006

Released in United States 2006 (Shown at Venice International Film Festival (Opening Night) August 30-September 9, 2006.)

Released in United States September 2006 (Shown at Deauville Festival of American Cinema (Premiere) September 1-10, 2006.)