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Hollywood Homicide is a 2003 American action comedy film starring Harrison Ford and Josh Hartnett, with an ensemble supporting cast including Lena Olin, Bruce Greenwood, Isaiah Washington, Lolita Davidovich, Keith David, Gladys Knight, Master P, Dwight Yoakam, Eric Idle, Robert Wagner, Kurupt, Smokey Robinson, Lou Diamond Phillips, Martin Landau, and André Benjamin. It was directed by Ron Shelton, written by Shelton and Robert Souza, and produced by Lou Pitt. The film is based on the true experiences of Souza, who was a homicide detective in the LAPD Hollywood Division and moonlighted as a real estate broker in his final ten years on the job. The film’s title sequence is done by Wayne Fitzgerald, which marks it as his final time doing a title sequence before his death in September 2019.
Sergeant Joe Gavilan is a financially strapped homicide detective with the Hollywood Division of the LAPD. He has been moonlighting as a real estate agent for seven years. His current partner is K.C. Calden, a much younger detective who teaches yoga on the side and wants to be an actor. The partners are investigating the murders of the four members of rap group H2OClick , who were gunned down in a nightclub by two unidentified assailants. The detectives discover there was a witness who fled, and they work to track him down. They are distracted, failing to bond as partners, as Gavilan has to deal with a looming real estate deal that may be the key to getting out of debt, while Calden further pursues his dreams of acting by trying to be scouted by talent agents.
Meanwhile, the manager of H2OClick, Antoine Sartain, has his head of security eliminate the two hitmen, whom he had hired to kill H2OClick, and earlier a rapper named Klepto that Sartain also managed.
Gavilan and Calden believe the murders are gang-related, but when Calden happens to see the bodies of the hitmen at the morgue, they conclude that the murders were orchestrated. The detectives also notice similarities that tie the H2OClick and Klepto homicides together. Gavilan learns from an undercover officer that the songwriter for H2OClick, a man named K-Ro, has gone missing, leading Gavilan to believe he is their murder witness. They struggle to track down K-Ro until they finally learn his real name, Oliver Robideaux, the son of former Motown singer Olivia Robideaux.
Meanwhile, Internal Affairs Lieutenant Bernard Bennie Macko arrives at the station. Macko and Gavilan have a bad history, as Gavilan embarrassed Macko after proving him wrong on a case years ago. The animosity is compounded by the fact that Gavilan s latest love interest, a psychic named Ruby, used to date Macko. Macko is intent on ruining Gavilan, going so far as to try to frame him and place both detectives in interrogation. Instead, it only serves to help Gavilan and Calden strengthen their partnership. Gavilan offers to help Calden with the case of his father s death; Officer Danny Calden had been gunned down during a sting operation gone wrong, with his partner, Officer Leroy Wasley, being implicated but eventually released due to lack of evidence.
The partners track down K-Ro to his home, where Olivia professes her son s innocence and that manager Sartain was the real culprit. Sartain had been embezzling money from Klepto, H2OClick and other clients for years. Klepto and H2OClick discovered this and threatened to hire lawyers to nullify their contracts, which led Sartain to have his head of security hire the hitmen as a lesson to all his clients. It also turns out that Wasley is Sartain s security chief, and that Macko is also in league with him.
When the partners can t locate Sartain and Wasley, Gavilan enlists the help of Ruby. She uses her psychic power to lead the two detectives to a clothing store. Just then, Sartain and Wasley happened to drive by, and Gavilan and Calden follow in a wild car chase. The chase ends with the four men on foot, with the two partners chasing the two culprits in different directions. When Gavilan struggles with Sartain, Sartain ends up falling from the top of a building to his death. Wasley has drawn a gun on Calden and loudly brags about having killed his father. Calden utilizes his acting skills to distract Wasley, incapacitate him, and reveals he had a tape recorder on the whole time. Gavilan and Calden reunite as LAPD officers swarm the scene, but Macko appears and calls for the arrests of the two officers. Instead, Macko is arrested for his part in helping to cover up Sartain and Wasley s crimes.
Gavilan and Ruby are seen attending a production of A Streetcar Named Desire, in which Calden is playing a lead role. It is implied that Gavilan successfully brokered the real estate deal, and Calden is giving his all in the pursuit of his acting dream. However, both of them receive calls from police headquarters and leave in the middle of the play, now solid partners.
- Harrison Ford as Sergeant Joe Gavilan
- Josh Hartnett as Detective K.C. Calden
- Lena Olin as Ruby
- Bruce Greenwood as Lieutenant Bernard Bennie Macko
- Isaiah Washington as Antoine Sartain
- Lolita Davidovich as Cleo Ricard
- Keith David as Captain Leon
- Master P as Julius Armas
- Gladys Knight as Olivia Robidoux
- Lou Diamond Phillips as Wanda
- Meredith Scott Lynn as Detective Jackson
- Tom Todoroff as Detective Zino
- James MacDonald as Danny Broome
- Kurupt as Oliver K-Ro Robidoux
- Eric Idle as The Celebrity
- André Benjamin as Silk Brown
- Alan Dale as Commander Preston
- Dwight Yoakam as Leroy Wasley
- Martin Landau as Jerry Duran
- Jennette McCurdy as The Van Family Daughter
- Eloy Casados as Detective Eddie Cruz
- Frank Sinatra Jr. as Marty Wheeler
- Robert Wagner as Himself
- Anthony Mackie as Joker , Killer
- Smokey Robinson as Cabbie
The roles of Gavilan and Calden were previously given to John Travolta and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, respectively, before Harrison Ford and Josh Hartnett eventually signed on.
Throughout filming, Ford and Hartnett reportedly did not get along. Things apparently got so tense that the two wouldn t look each other in the eye when they re sharing scenes together with Ford calling Hartnett a punk while Hartnett responded by calling Ford an old fart . They reportedly carried over the feud into the promotional tour for the film.
On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 30% based on 163 reviews, and an average rating of 4.71/10. The site s critical consensus reads, Hollywood Homicide suffers from too many subplots and not enough laughs. On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 47 out of 100, based on 36 critics, indicating mixed or average reviews. Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of B on an A+ to F scale.
Michael O Sullivan of The Washington Post wrote, Hollywood Homicide is a buddy film starring two people who, even as the closing credits roll, appear to have just met and added every scene between them, and that s most every scene, feels like a screen test or, at best, a rehearsal. One of the few major critics to give it a positive notice was Roger Ebert, who awarded the film 3 out of 4 stars and wrote that it s more interested in its two goofy cops than in the murder plot; their dialogue redeems otherwise standard scenes.
The film did not perform well at the box office, earning a total gross that was lower than its $75 million budget. It ranked #5 and grossed $11,112,632 in its opening weekend, coming in well below first-place holder Finding Nemo, which was in its third weekend. The film wrapped up its box office run after 12 weeks, grossing $30,940,691 in Canada and the United States and $20,201,968 in other markets for a worldwide total of $51,142,659.
The film was released on VHS and DVD October 7, 2003. The DVD edition included a director s commentary and a theatrical trailer. In 2013, Mill Creek Entertainment released the film for the first time on Blu-ray in a 2 pack set with Hudson Hawk, without any extra features.
|Plot||Two LAPD detectives who moonlight in other fields investigate the murder of an up-and-coming rap group.|
|Awards||Awards, 1 win|
|Writers||Robert Souza, Ron Shelton|
|Stars||Harrison Ford, Josh Hartnett, Isaiah Washington|
|Produced by||Scott Bernstein,Allegra Clegg,David V. Lester,Lou Pitt,Joe Roth,Ron Shelton,Robert Souza|
|Music by||Alex Wurman|
|Cinematography by||Barry Peterson|
|Film Editing by||Paul Seydor|
|Casting By||Ed Johnston|
|Production Design by||Jim Bissell|
|Art Direction by||Christa Munro|
|Set Decoration by||Jan Pascale|
|Costume Design by||Bernie Pollack|
|Makeup Department||Rebecca DeHerrera,Kimberly Felix,Jake Garber,Mindy Hall,Michael Kriston,Michael Laudati,Dennis Liddiard,Verina Schafer,JoAnn Stafford-Chaney,Kenneth Walker,Karen Blynder|
|Production Management||Allegra Clegg,Clark Henderson,Daren Hicks,Stephen Lim|
|Second Unit Director or Assistant Director||H. Gordon Boos,Hope Garrison,Danny Green,Eric Fox Hays,David V. Lester,Richard Oswald,Matt Pexa,Sarah Pryzibilla,David Sardi,Chip Touhey,Alexander Witt,Brian Rosett,Carrie Specht,Brent Stanton,Cecilia Sweatman|
|Art Department||Tim Ackers,Scott M. Anderson,Jeff Arndt,Ronnie Baker,Jenny Baum,Heidi Baumgarten,Alan Burg,Susan A. Burig,Lorrie Campbell,Randy L. Childs,Susan Chooljian,Gary DeBortoli,Louise Del Araujo,Andrew Endsley,William ‘W’ Gilpin,Edward A. Giron,Deborah Harman,Darryl Henley,Karen Higgins,Josh King,Steven Kissick,Julia K. Levine,William F. Matthews,Patti McNulty,Scott Nifong,James F. Orendorff,David Ott,Paul M. Rohrbaugh III,E. Colleen Saro,Ronald F. Savini Jr.,Tom Shaw Jr.,Kevin Shaw,Edward Tamayo,Brian Tipton,Steven Valenzuela,Brian Clark,Darrin Denlinger,James Fernandez,Fred O’Connor,Chris Samp,Mara A. Spear|
|Sound Department||Mary Andrews,Paul Aulicino,Bruce Barris,Brian Best,Thom Brennan,Kevin Patrick Burns,Eddie Bydalek,Patrick Cicero,Marc Deschaine,David Diamond,Matt Dubin,Chris Fitzgerald,Bruce Fortune,Kirk Francis,Mark Harris,Eileen Horta,Shawn Kennelly,Daniel Kent,Elliott Koretz,Tom Lalley,Lee Lemont,Laura Macias,Steve Mann,Marc Meyer,Anthony Milch,Michael Minkler,Chris Navarro,Howard Neiman,Steve Nelson,Myron Nettinga,Nancy Nugent,Todd Orr,Michael Payne,Sean Rowe,Kim Secrist,Mychal Smith,Greg Steele,John C. Stuver,Becky Sullivan,Matthew W. Tenggren,Eric Thompson,Lisa Varetakis,Mario A. Vitale,Donald L. Warner Jr.,Jay Duerr,Patrick Knup,Jason Matthews,Travis Randall,Earl Sampson,Carl D. Ware,Wade Wilson|
|Special Effects by||Steve Austin,Douglas Calli,David Greene,James Lorimer,Gary Montgomery,Ken Pepiot,Elia P. Popov,Rick Weed,Woody Lawhon,Richard Stutsman|
|Visual Effects by||Jason Anderson,Chris Antonini,Alfredo R. Barcia,Brian Battles,Rob Blue,Allen Cappuccilli,Det Chansamone,Layne Friedman,Elizabeth Hitt,Michael Kaelin,Zsolt Krajcsik,David Lensch,Paul McGhee,Rachel Nicoll,Donovan Scott,Rick Shick,Boyd Steer,Robert Stromberg,David Takayama,David Taritero,Carey Villegas,Ned Wilson,Raymond Wong,Danielle Conroy,George Richman|
|Stunts||M. James Arnett,Sandy Berumen,Robert C. Brown,Joe Bucaro III,J.J. Dashnaw,Jeff Dashnaw,Keith Splinter Davis,Steve M. Davison,Christopher Doyle,Kofi Elam,Donna Evans,Jeremy Fitzgerald,Clay Donahue Fontenot,James M. Halty,Thomas Robinson Harper,Freddie Hice,Tommy J. Huff,Mike Justus,Tracy Keehn-Dashnaw,Shawn Patrick Lane,Sammy Maloof,Shanna Mann,Gary McLarty,Chuck Picerni Jr.,Rex Reddick,Tim Rigby,Troy Robinson,Michael Runyard,Ann Scott,Ben Scott,Walter Scott,Ryan Staats,Tim Trella,Mark Vanselow,Gary J. Wayton,Peter Weireter,Danny Wynands,Ryan B. Adams,Joey Anaya,Brian Christensen,Doug Coleman,Tony Donno,Annie Ellis,Michael Endoso,Nick Hermz,David Hutchison,Claudette James,Shawn Kautz,Steve Kelso,Shawn Patrick Lane,Will Leong,Michael R. Long,Mike Massa,Spence Maughon,Cassandra McCormick,Larry Nicholas,Gloria O’Brien,Michael Owen,Chris Palermo,Charlie Picerni,Austin Priester,Kevin Reid,Allen Robinson,Shawn Robinson,Pat Romano,Felipe Savahge,Todd Schneider,Jeff Shrewsbury,Mike Smith,Tony Snegoff,Buddy Sosthand,Monica Staggs,Heath Stevenson,Keith Tellez,Gary J. Wayton,April Weeden,Mike Weis,Bill Willens|
|Camera and Electrical Department||Ron Alexus,Tyler Allison,Solomon Arevalo,Robert Baek,Minh Bahnsen,Sidney Ray Baldwin,Jennifer Bell,Garrett Benson,Michole Bergstrom,Hans Bjerno,Jeff Brinker,Katarino Bueno Jr.,Scott Carden,Eddie Cordero,James M. Cox,Richard Cronn,John Davies,Sam DiMaggio,Sean P. Fickert,Ken Fisher,Steven Frohardt,Kirk R. Gardner,Kurt Grossi,John B. Hart,Chad Herr,Mason Hersey,Greg Hewett,Bobby Huber,Paul Hughen,Ralph Johnson,Keith A. Jones,Alex Klabukov,Rick Lamb,Dwight Joseph Lavers,Charles Lenz,Larry Liddell,Richard Maldonado,Wayne Marshall,Maurice K. McGuire,Chris McNellis,David B. Nowell,Richard Osborn Jr.,Brad Peterman,Billy Pierson,Brent Poe,Andrew Rawson,Nicolas Restrepo,Jesse Roth,Mark Sannes,David D. Scott,Robert Steadman,Vich Thiensuwana,Eric Turner,Michael J. Walker,Jeff White,Greg Wilson,Alexander Witt,Elizabeth Ziegler,Mark Agostino,Jeff Andrus,Michelle Baker,Tommy Garcia,David Gasperik,Peter Graf,Sunny Johnson,Greg Karamov,Dan Kneece,George Lozano Jr.,James A. Lundin,Daniel Nichols,Jason Rupe,Robert M. Sagaser,Jack Serino,Tim Stratton,N. Owen Taylor Jr.,Scott Whitbread|
|Casting Department||Tina Kerr,Robyn Owen Silvestri,Bea S. Rembeczky,Chris Withrow|
|Costume and Wardrobe Department||Timothy Alberts,Laura Baker,Jorge J. González,Robert M. Moore,Gregory B. Peña,Hugo Peña,Sabrina Rosen,Michelle Roth,Nick Scarano,Marci Singleton,Leslie Joyce,Catherine Peña,Anton Schneider,Jean Bone Weiss|
|Editorial Department||Bart Brevé,Gary Burritt,Patrick Flannery,Joanna Jimenez,Lise Angelica Johnson,Gail Laskowski,Autumn Lisa Mason,Maureen Meulen,Clay Rawlins,Matvey Shatz,Ron Orenstein,Jonathan Poirier|
|Location Management||Carlos A. Aragon,Rob Frank,Mark A. Freid,Greg Lazzaro,Stuart Neumann,Peter J. Novak,Ptah Shabaf-Lyons,Pavel Sterba,Brad Bemis,Michael Brewer,Stephenson Crossley,Edward S. Marks,Peter Martorano|
|Music Department||Michael Boustead,Todd Bozung,Tom Calderaro,Suzie Katayama,Alan Meyerson,Marvin R. Morris,Kathy Nelson,Conrad Pope,Jeffrey Schindler,Dawn Solér,Jeff Bunnell,George Doering,Julie Eidsvoog,Brian Kilgore,Jason Lloyd,Norman Ludwin,Erik Lundborg,Jay Selvester,Marcus Trumpp|
|Script and Continuity Department||Maxine Bergen,Karen Golden|
|Transportation Department||Larry Alicata,Fabian Arroyo,Rodney Lee Bennett,Frankie Bray,Jim Cafferty Jr.,Randy Cantor,Rick Chouinard,Tom Dias,Paulie DiCocco,William Dreher,Jeffrey M. Drucker,Sean Dugen,Craig Fehrman,Michael Fennessey,Curt Michael Grooms,Michael Grooms,Donna Hall,William Hogue,Kirk A. Holland,Stanley R. Holmes,Robert Kitterman Jr.,Harold C. Lacy Jr.,Richard Long,James A. Lundinan,Peter Mandel,Jeff Mann,Steve Mann,Andrew Marrow,Joel Marrow,Larry Merideth,Jimmy Ray Pickens,John ‘J.P.’ Pratt,William Ramirez Jr.,Craig Scott,Joseph Sullivan,Sandra Thomason,Dotti Thompson,Steve Thompson,Daniel Valenzuela,James E. Vargas,Sal Velásquez,John M. Woodward,Roger Dragsdorf|
|Additional Crew||Wendy Altman-Cohen,Laurie Arnow-Epstein,Angela Athayde,Gabrielle D. Bacchus,Heath Banks,Stanley Brossette,Richard Brooks Burton,Robert Caballero,Ricky Cuevas,Carlos P. Cunha,Kellie Davis,Michael Dorner,Michael Feldman,Eric Fitzgerald,Wayne Fitzgerald,Karin Freud,Orlando R. Gonzales,A.W. Gryphon,Michael R. Kern,Kevin LaRosa,Douglas Marshall,Lisa Nichols,Randy Offer,Si Paciorek,David Paris,Randy Peters,Ben Pomeroy,Ericka Bryce Poniewaz,Alan D. Purwin,Jacoby K. Radcliff,Lois Radcliff,Willie Radcliff,Matt Rawls,Graham Ready,Roberta Riordan,Janine Schiro,Jim Schiro,Rick Shuster,Ben Skorstad,Dylan Stewart,Cheryl A. Stone,Thomas Terry,Justin Thomas,Brad Tiemann,Tara Tovarek,Julie Turner,Dana Kristen Vahle,Peter Weireter,Shawn Williamson,Robert ‘Bobby Z’ Zajonc,David Aaron,Jordan Albertsen,Rich Bokides,Ryan Bonner,Randolph Bookman,Brady Brim-DeForest,Kenneth Burgomaster,Elizabeth C. Camp,Cory Cate,Carina Dawn,Gabe de Kelaita,Marcel Donea,Clay Duncan,Lee Ebersole,Jon E. Edwards,Robert Fabra,Sam Ferrell,Cory Fleming,Shilo Frontierro,Gia Galligani,Bruce Gray,Chris Grest,Steve Grest,Seth Hansen,Stephanie L. Harmatz,Brian Hoven,Ahmed Kirdar,Nancy Kiu,Ket Lamb,Ted Leonard,Matt Lombardo,Elizabeth MacSwan,James E. Maddux,Scott Markus,Kevin Earl Maynard,Elise Mazanek,Scott McLain,Isaac Mejía,Scott Mick,Kari Nissena,Sarah Oakley,Leigh Paonessa,James Pomichter,Rebecca Quick,William Ramirez Jr.,Ben Raymond,Brad Robinson,Kevin Roy,David Savinski,Stacee Silver,Billy Taylor,Craig Vegas,Mira Velasco,Marlon ‘Goose’ Wall,Erin Wilson,Lisa Womble,Matt Woodard|
|Thanks||Michael P. Downing|
|Genres||Action, Comedy, Crime|
|Companies||Revolution Studios, Pitt-Shelton Productions, The Pitt Group|
|Keywords||criminal investigation,murder investigation,feet on table,murder,hollywood california|