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Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

Promotional poster for Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
Directed by Shane Black
Produced by Joel Silver
Steve Richards
Carrie Morrow
Susan Levin
Written by Novel:
Brett Halliday
Screenplay:
Shane Black
Starring Robert Downey Jr.
Val Kilmer
Michelle Monaghan
Music by John Ottman
Editing by Jim Page
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release date(s) November 11, 2005
Running time 103 min.
Country Flag of the United States United States
Language English
Budget $15,000,000 (estimated)
Gross revenue Domestic
$4,243,756[1]
Foreign
$11,541,392[1]
Worldwide
$15,785,148[1]
Official website
All Movie Guide profile
IMDb profile

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is a 2005 crime/comedy film, which follows many conventions of the classic film noir genre. It is based, in part, on the novel Bodies Are Where You Find Them by Brett Halliday. The screenplay was written by Shane Black who also directed the film. It was produced by Joel Silver, Carrie Morrow, Susan Levin and Steve Richards. The cast includes Robert Downey Jr., Val Kilmer and Michelle Monaghan as well as Corbin Bernsen, Dash Mihok, Larry Miller, Rockmond Dunbar, Shannyn Sossamon and Angela Lindvall. The title is a reference to Pauline Kael's 1968 book, which in turn was named after a translation of an Italian poster of a James Bond movie, which she called "perhaps the briefest statement imaginable of the basic appeal of the movies."[2] Kiss Kiss Bang Bang may refer to: Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, 2005 film Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (album), 1997 album by Glassjaw Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (book), book by American film critic Pauline Kael Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (comics), was an American comic book published by the now defunct CrossGen... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (625x910, 139 KB) Summary not true poster size/quality. ... Shane Black (born December 16, 1961) is an American actor, screenwriter and film director. ... Joel Silver (born July 14, 1952) is a successful Hollywood film producer. ... Steve Richards (born in 1977 as Stephen Richards) is the vocalist for the Nu Metal Band Taproot Categories: Musician stubs ... Brett Halliday (July 31, 1904 - February 4, 1977), primary pen name of Davis Dresser, was an American mystery writer, best known for the long_lived series of Mike Shayne novels he wrote, and later commissioned others to write. ... Shane Black (born December 16, 1961) is an American actor, screenwriter and film director. ... Robert John Downey Jr. ... Val Edward Kilmer[1] (born December 31, 1959) is an American actor. ... Michelle Monaghan (born March 23, 1976, Winthrop, Iowa, USA) is an American actress. ... John Ottman (born July 6, 1964 in San Diego, California) is an American film editor, composer and director. ... “WB” redirects here. ... is the 315th day of the year (316th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... This is a list of film-related events in 2005. ... The word comedy has a classical meaning (comical theatre) and a popular one (the use of humor with an intent to provoke laughter in general). ... This article is about motion pictures. ... This still from The Big Combo (1955) demonstrates the visual style of film noir at its most extreme. ... Brett Halliday (July 31, 1904 - February 4, 1977), primary pen name of Davis Dresser, was an American mystery writer, best known for the long_lived series of Mike Shayne novels he wrote, and later commissioned others to write. ... Shane Black (born December 16, 1961) is an American actor, screenwriter and film director. ... Joel Silver (born July 14, 1952) is a successful Hollywood film producer. ... Steve Richards (born in 1977 as Stephen Richards) is the vocalist for the Nu Metal Band Taproot Categories: Musician stubs ... Robert John Downey Jr. ... Val Edward Kilmer[1] (born December 31, 1959) is an American actor. ... Michelle Monaghan (born March 23, 1976, Winthrop, Iowa, USA) is an American actress. ... Corbin Dean Bernsen (born September 7, 1954) is an American actor, known for his work on television. ... Dash Mihok (born May 24, 1974 in New York City, New York, USA) is an American actor. ... Larry Miller is the name of several notable people: Larry Miller, American comedian and actor. ... Rockmond Dunbar (born January 11, 1973 in Oakland, California) is an American actor. ... Shannon Marie Sossamon (born October 3, 1978), better known as Shannyn Sossamon, is an American actress, musician, dancer and mother. ... Angela Lindvall (born January 14, 1979 in Midwest City, Oklahoma) is an American supermodel and actress. ... Pauline Kael (June 19, 1919 – September 3, 2001) was an American film critic who wrote for The New Yorker magazine. ... Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is Pauline Kaels second collection of reviews. ... “007” redirects here. ...


It was filmed in Los Angeles between February 24 and May 3, 2004. After debuting at the Cannes Film Festival in France on May 14, it received a limited release in cinemas in late October and early November of 2005. Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ... is the 55th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 123rd day of the year (124th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Cannes Film Festival (French: le Festival de Cannes), founded in 1939, is one of the worlds oldest, most influential and prestigious film festivals. ... May 14 is the 134th day of the year (135th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...

Contents

Plot

The movie is narrated by a small-time crook, Harry Lockhart (Robert Downey Jr.). He is self-aware and talks to the audience at various times through the movie. (See also the theatre concept of the fourth wall and metafiction). This article is about motion pictures. ... Look up crook in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Robert John Downey Jr. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Self-consciousness. ... Serge Sudeikins poster for the Bat Theatre (1922). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Look up metafiction in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


Harry finds himself caught up in an acting audition by mistake when he is running away from police after a failed robbery. Posing as an actor, he is brought to Hollywood for an audition, where he meets homosexual private-eye Gay Perry (Val Kilmer), who is there to aid Harry in research for his role in the movie. Acting is the work of an actor or actress, which is a person in theatre, television, film, or any other storytelling medium who tells the story by portraying a character and, usually, speaking or singing the written text or play. ... Audition can refer to: The sense of hearing The audio editing software Adobe Audition ... For other uses, see Actor (disambiguation). ... ... Gumshoe redirects here. ... Val Edward Kilmer[1] (born December 31, 1959) is an American actor. ...


Harry is introduced to Hollywood parties and meets his childhood dream-girl, Harmony Lane (played by Michelle Monaghan), who in fact, back in high school, had sex with everyone but Harry. The story sees all three finding themselves involved in murder cases similar to the detective stories which Harry and Harmony grew up reading. Michelle Monaghan (born March 23, 1976, Winthrop, Iowa, USA) is an American actress. ...


Cast

Robert John Downey Jr. ... Val Edward Kilmer[1] (born December 31, 1959) is an American actor. ... Michelle Monaghan (born March 23, 1976, Winthrop, Iowa, USA) is an American actress. ... Corbin Dean Bernsen (born September 7, 1954) is an American actor, known for his work on television. ... Dash Mihok (born May 24, 1974 in New York City, New York, USA) is an American actor. ... Lawrence J. Miller (best known as Larry Miller), born October 15, 1953 in Valley Stream, New York, is an American stand-up comedian and actor who frequently portrays babbling, obsequious yes-men, slightly odd friends, wisecracking professionals and other second-banana characters to headlining comedians in movies and television shows. ... Rockmond Dunbar (born January 11, 1973 in Oakland, California) is an American actor. ... Shannon Marie Sossamon (born October 3, 1978), better known as Shannyn Sossamon, is an American actress, musician, dancer and mother. ... Angela Lindvall (born January 14, 1979 in Midwest City, Oklahoma) is an American supermodel and actress. ...

Reception

Critical

The film was significantly praised, but due to its limited release, was overlooked for major awards and was voted "Overlooked Film of the Year" by the 2005 Phoenix Film Critics Society on December 20, 2005. The Phoenix Film Critics Society (PFCS) is an organization of film reviewers from Phoenix-based publications. ... is the 354th day of the year (355th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Many critics admired the film for its sharp and clever comedy, as well as alluding to Black's directing and Downey Jr. and Kilmer's performances. Mike Russell of the Portland Oregonian observed that, "This is one of Downey's most enjoyable performances, and one of Kilmer's funniest. It's a relationship comedy wrapped in sharp talk and gunplay, a triumphant comeback for Black, and one of the year's best movies".[3] Jeff Otto, an IGN critic, wrote that "It takes a bunch of genres and twists them into a blender, a pop relic that still feels current...one of the best times I've had at the movies this year."[4] The Oregonian is the major daily newspaper in Portland, Oregon, owned by Advance Publications. ... For other uses, see IGN (disambiguation). ...


Box office

Despite the film's mainly positive reviews, it failed to garner much attention at the United States or international box office.


The film opened on October 20 in the United States, with a limited release. From its release until mid-November, the film's distribution increased every weekend due to its favorable critical reviews. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang stayed in release in the United States until early January.[5] The film earned a total of $4,243,756 in the United States.[1] is the 293rd day of the year (294th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


Kiss Kiss Bang Bang grossed far more outside the United States, accounting for just over 70% of the film's worldwide gross, accumulating $11,357,375.[1] The film ended up earning $15,785,148 worldwide at cinema.[1]


References

  1. ^ a b c d e f Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang (2005). Box Office Mojo. Retrieved on 2007-04-28.
  2. ^ http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051020/REVIEWS/51018002/1023
  3. ^ Mike Russel. Don't miss the 'Kiss'. OregonLive.com. Retrieved on 27 January, 2006.
  4. ^ Jeff Otto. Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang Review. IGN. Retrieved on 27 January, 2006.
  5. ^ Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang (2005) - Weekend Box Office. Box Office Mojo. Retrieved on 15 April, 2006.

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AfterElton.com - Review of Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang (677 words)
KKBB is also a farce, as it refuses to take itself at all seriously.
Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang belongs to the newest style of movie making that is very popular on campuses, particularly among the 20-30 year old educated straight white male demographic.
Where KKBB really shines is in the novel way it pairs a straight male lead character with a gay one, with very appealing on-screen chemistry between Robert Downey, Jr.
HD DVD Review: Kiss Kiss Bang Bang | High-Def Digest (1379 words)
In what has to be the world's first autobiographical postmodern film noir satire of Hollywood hackdom, I think the reason 'Kiss Kiss Bang Bang' manages to leave a true resonance behind is because Black does not use his world-weary cynicism and life-imitating-art-imitating-life plotting to erect a wall between us and his characters.
As the screenwriter himself has stated in interviews subsequent to the release of 'Kiss Kiss Bang Bang,' he had once felt like his career in Hollywood was an accident, as if he wandered into an unplanned audition as a thief and emerged a star.
'Kiss Kiss Bang Bang' is his chance at rebirth, and if the film is any indication of what is to come then I can't wait to see what he does with the second act of his career.
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