The Black Dahlia

Synopsis: In 1946, the former boxers Dwight "Bucky" Bleichert and Lee Blanchard are policemen in Los Angeles. Lee has a good relationship with his chief and uses a box fight between them to promote the department and get a raise to the police force. They succeed and are promoted to homicide detectives, working together. Bucky becomes a close friend of Lee and his girlfriend Kay Lake, forming a triangle of love. When the corpse of the aspirant actress 'Elizabeth Short (I)' is found mutilated, Lee becomes obsessed to solve the case called by the press Black Dahlia. Meanwhile, Bucky's investigation leads him to a Madeleine Linscott, the daughter of a powerful and wealthy constructor that resembles the Black Dahlia. In an environment of corruption and lies, Bucky discloses hidden truths.
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Director(s): Brian De Palma
Production: Universal Pictures
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 12 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
121 min

Do you have a girlfriend,


I'm saving myself

for Rita Hayworth.

So he quits fighting for

you, puts you through school.

Quite a guy. Quite a pair.

Why aren't you married?

You know, shacking's against

regs. Probably cost him a stripe.

So where's the diamonds

and the bassinets, huh?

Well, you'd have to sleep

together for that, Dwight.

The gym was packed

to the rafters.

A wild crowd hungry

to see what was in us.

I already knew what was in us.

Ambition, pride,

dissatisfaction at a life

turned just the wrong way.

Luck, Dwight.

Come on.

Keep it clean!

I feel it's my duty

as a friend to tell you this,

make it look good.







I lost a lot of things

in life...


...but never

a fight for money.


I was trading Warrants for

a close-out on old bad debts.

The eight grand

I was going to clear

was enough

to maintain the old man

in a good, clean rest home

for three years.

The late-round tank job,

enough to convince myself

I wasn't a complete coward.


Finish the fight!

Where's that hook?

You're out!

Give me a smile.

It's nice, isn't it, Papa?

What do you think?

Hey! Canvasback!


You going to hide in there

another week?

Ain't you bored yet?

Nice chompers.

So, you want to work Warrants?

I lost.

What about Loew's deal?

Don't you read the papers?

The bond passed yesterday.

You want the job?

Atta boy, Mr. Ice.


Show them what's

under the lip, boss.

Right over here.

Officer Bleichert,

the men of Central Dicks.

Homicide, Ad Vice, Bunco, et

cetera. I'm Captain John Tierney.

You and Lee

are the white men of the hour,

so I hope

you enjoyed your ovation.

You won't get another one

till you retire.

Enough horse shit!


This is the felony

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Josh Friedman

Josh Friedman (born 1967) is an American screenwriter best known as writer of the TV series Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and the 2005 film adaptation of H.G. Wells' War of the Worlds. Friedman also publishes the blog "I Find Your Lack of Faith Disturbing". After being offered an opportunity to work on a script titled Snakes on a Plane, Friedman posted a blog entry that sparked interest in the film on the Internet before the movie entered production. The same entry introduced a profane line that was added to the film when the cast reconvened in March 2006 to shoot additional footage. On August 1, 2013 he was announced as co-screenwriter of Avatar 2 with James Cameron. He is a kidney cancer survivor. more…

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