The Singing Detective (2003)

6.0 / Rated by 1 people

109 min.
Plot  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:

* A film noir based on Dark's novel, ''The Singing Detective'', in which a nightclub singer/private eye, hired by Mark Binney, takes on a strange case involving prostitutes and two mysterious men. Nothing is ever solved from this, only a vague plot. Notably, all of the people in the film noir are played by people who are real people in Dark's life; for example, Dark's nurse plays a singer.

* The present reality, in which Dark is tormented by incredible pain. Dark interacts with the various people around him, as the doctors and nurses attempt to help, but are dismissed by Dark's anger and bitterness towards everyone. His sense of reality then collapses into hallucinations as the people randomly sing choreographed musical numbers, such as "How Much Is ...



David Dorfman
Young Dan Dark
Robin Wright
Nicola / Nina / Blonde
Jeremy Northam
Mark Binney
Katie Holmes
Nurse Mills
Mel Gibson
Dr. Gibbon
Adrien Brody
First Hood
Jon Polito
Second Hood
Carla Gugino
Betty Dark / Hooker
Saul Rubinek
Skin Specialist
Alfre Woodard
Chief of Staff
Amy Aquino
Nurse Nozhki
Eddie Jones
Moonglow Bartender
Clyde Kusatsu
Visiting Japanese Doctor


All Titles

The Singing Detective
English Original Title

Release Dates


United States




Onur rated The Singing Detective (2003) with 6.0 stars / 03.09.2017

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