The Singing Detective (film)

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The Singing Detective
The Singing Detective.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byKeith Gordon
Produced by
Screenplay byDennis Potter
Based onThe Singing Detective 
by Dennis Potter
Starring
CinematographyTom Richmond
Edited byJeff Wishengrad
Production
company
Distributed byParamount Classics (USA) Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (UK)
Release dates
Running time
109 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$8 million[2]
Box office$337,174[3]
 
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This article is about the film. For the television miniseries of the same name, see The Singing Detective.
The Singing Detective
The Singing Detective.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byKeith Gordon
Produced by
Screenplay byDennis Potter
Based onThe Singing Detective 
by Dennis Potter
Starring
CinematographyTom Richmond
Edited byJeff Wishengrad
Production
company
Distributed byParamount Classics (USA) Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (UK)
Release dates
Running time
109 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$8 million[2]
Box office$337,174[3]

The Singing Detective is a 2003 American musical crime comedy film directed by Keith Gordon and based on the BBC serial of the same name, a work by British writer Dennis Potter. It stars Robert Downey, Jr. and features a supporting cast that includes Katie Holmes, Adrien Brody, Robin Wright Penn, and Mel Gibson, as well as a number of songs from the 1950s.

Plot[edit]

Suffering from the skin disease psoriasis and crippling psoriatic arthritis, detective novelist Dan Dark is in such pain in a hospital that he begins to delve into fantasy, resulting in several storylines told simultaneously:

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Potter's screenplay had been circulating in Hollywood for many years as Potter was enthusiastic about a film version. Robert Altman was at one time attached to direct with Dustin Hoffman in the lead, but financing proved difficult and the production was shelved. It was eventually discovered by an executive at Mel Gibson's production company Icon Productions, who loved it and got Gibson on board to produce. The screenplay had also been imagined as a horror film directed by genre veteran David Cronenberg and starring Al Pacino as the title character.[4]

Reception[edit]

The film scored a 39% "Rotten" rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with the consensus being 'Delightful performance from Robert Downey Jr. can't save The Singing Detective's transition from TV to the big screen'.[5] While some critics, such as Roger Ebert, liked the film, others, like Joe Baltake at the Sacramento Bee, considered it an "interesting failure".[6]

Soundtrack[edit]

The soundtrack to The Singing Detective was released on October 14, 2003.

No.TitleArtistLength
1."In My Dreams"  Gene Vincent3:02
2."Just Walking in the Rain"  Johnnie Ray2:48
3."Mr. Sandman"  The Chordettes2:24
4."It's All in the Game"  Tommy Edwards2:37
5."Poison Ivy"  The Coasters2:42
6."Important Words"  Gene Vincent2:22
7."Harlem Nocturne"  The Viscounts2:22
8."At the Hop"  Danny & the Juniors2:29
9."Woman Love"  Gene Vincent2:33
10."When"  The Kalin Twins2:26
11."Flip Flop and Fly"  Big Joe Turner2:47
12."Three Steps to Heaven"  Eddie Cochran2:22
13."It's Only Make Believe"  Conway Twitty2:14
14."In My Dreams"  Robert Downey, Jr.4:12
Total length:
37:20[7]

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