The Black Dahlia

Release Date: September 15, 2006
Universal Pictures
Genre: Thriller

Cast: Josh Hartnett, Scarlett Johansson, Aaron Eckhart, Mia Kirshner, Amy Irving and Hilary Swank

Directed by: Brian De Palma
Screenplay by: Josh Friedman
Based on the novel by: James Ellroy
Produced by: Art Linson, Avi Lerner, Moshe Diamant, Rudy Cohen
Executive Producers: James B. Harris, Rolf Deyhle, Henrik Danny Dimbort, Boaz Davidson, Trevor Short, John Thompson, Andreas Thiesmeyer, Josef Lautenschlager

Master storyteller Brian De Palma, known for such classic crime dramas as The Untouchables, Scarface and Carlito's Way, as well as his suspense thrillers Carrie, Dressed to Kill and Blow Out, directs this adaptation of James Ellroy's (L.A. Confidential, American Tabloid) best-selling crime novel.

The Black Dahlia weaves a fictionalized tale of obsession, love, corruption, greed and depravity around the true story of the brutal murder of a fledgling Hollywood starlet that shocked and fascinated the nation in 1947 and remains unsolved today. Two ex-pugilist cops, Lee Blanchard (Aaron Eckhart) and Bucky Bleichert (Josh Hartnett), are called to investigate the homicide of ambitious silver-screen B-lister Betty Ann Short (Mia Kirshner) A.K.A. "The Black Dahlia"--an attack so grisly that images of the killing were kept from the public.

While Blanchard's growing preoccupation with the sensational murder threatens his marriage to Kay (Scarlett Johansson), his partner Bleichert finds himself attracted to the enigmatic Madeleine Linscott (two-time Oscar® winner Hilary Swank), the daughter of one of the city's most prominent families--who just happens to have an unsavory connection to the murder victim.

True crime meets urban legend when De Palma brings Ellroy's The Black Dahlia to the big screen.

Photos: (top) (L to R) Cops Bucky Bleichert (JOSH HARTNETT) and Lee Blanchard (AARON ECKHART) with Lee's wife Kay (SCARLETT JOHANSSON) in the 1940s thriller "The Black Dahlia," directed by Brian De Palma. "The Black Dahlia" weaves a fictionalized tale of obsession, love, corruption, greed and depravity around the true story of the brutal murder of a fledgling Hollywood starlet that shocked and fascinated the nation in 1947 and remains unsolved today.

Cop Bucky Bleichert (JOSH HARTNETT) with socialite Madeleine Linscott (HILARY SWANK) in the 1940s thriller "The Black Dahlia," directed by Brian De Palma.

Credit: Rolf Konow
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