Sunday, January 4, 2015

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

2005 American Feature

Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Val Kilmer, Michelle Monaghan, Corbin Bernsen, Dash Mihok, Larry Miller, Rockmond Dunbar, Shannyn Sossamon and Angela Lindvall
Writer/Director: Shane Black, based on the novel Bodies Are Where You Find Them by Brett Halliday

Petty thief Harry Lockhart gets caught up in a murder investigation by posing as an actor and heading to Los Angeles for an unlikely audition, where he finds an authentic acting coach in detective Perry Van Shrike, a.k.a. "Gay Perry".


  • Internet Movie Database: 7.7/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 85% / Audience: 87%
  • Metacritic - Critics: 72% / Audience: 7.8%
  • OMG rating: 6/10

  • DVD/Blu-ray: Available
  • Soundtrack: Available
  • Book: Available


  • Broadcast Film Critics Association Award nomination for Best Comedy Movie.
  • GLAAD Media Award nomination for Outstanding Film - Wide Release.

  • Directorial debut of screenwriter Shane Black, best known previously for the Lethal Weapon films.
  • Shane Black's script, partially based on the 1941 Brett Halliday novel Bodies Are Where You Find Them, interprets the classic hardboiled literary genre in a tongue-in-cheek fashion.
  • The movie's title is a reference to an unused theme song to the 1965 James Bond movie Thunderball. John Barry composed "Mr. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" after he read a magazine article which mentioned that was how Bond was known in Italy. "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" has since become a slang description of the James Bond-style spy genre.
  • Original Titles: L.A.P.I., Bang! and You'll Never Die in This Town Again.
  • Casting Call: Benicio Del Toro, Harrison Ford, Hugh Grant and Johnny Knoxville.
  • Val Kilmer's depiction of Gay Perry is generally considered to be the first openly gay character to front a Hollywood action movie.

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