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The Dead Girl (2006)

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The clues to a young woman's death come together as the lives of seemingly unrelated people begin to intersect.

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Karen Moncrieff

Writer:

Karen Moncrieff
2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Toni Collette ... Arden
Piper Laurie ... Arden's Mother
Donnie Smith ... Cop 1
Michael Raysses Michael Raysses ... Cop 2
Earl Carroll Earl Carroll ... Reporter
Dorothy Beatty Dorothy Beatty ... Grocery Checker
Eva Loseth Eva Loseth ... Grocery Store Customer
Giovanni Ribisi ... Rudy
Rose Byrne ... Leah
Joanie Tomsky ... Therapist
James Franco ... Derek
Christopher Allen Nelson ... Murray
Mary Steenburgen ... Leah's Mother
Bruce Davison ... Leah's Father
Kate Mulligan Kate Mulligan ... Party Girl
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Storyline

In Los Angeles, a story about a dead girl, told in five chapters. A woman, miserable in her circumscribed life caring for her domineering mother, finds a body. Somehow, this discovery allows her to change. At the morgue, the sister of a girl missing for 15 years believes the body is that of her sister; this liberates her. An older woman, married to a man who pays her little attention, finds evidence in a storage unit; how will she handle it? The mother of the dead girl, who left home some years before, visits the last place her daughter lived and makes her own discoveries. Last, we flash back to the victim's final day. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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One life ends. Six others begin. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, grisly images and sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 April 2007 (Hungary) See more »

Also Known As:

The Dead Girl See more »

Filming Locations:

Acton, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,613, 31 December 2006

Gross USA:

$19,875

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$905,291
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(theatrical)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The name on the Missing Persons report for Brittany Murphy's prostitute character reads "Krista Kutcher." Murphy dated actor Ashton Kutcher after they starred together in the movie Just Married (2003). See more »

Goofs

When Melora meets Rosetta, her face is beaten up. When she takes Rosetta out to eat, her face looks normal. When she drops Rosetta back at the motel, her face is a mess again. See more »

Quotes

Rudy: You're not kissing me. You're just lying there like you want me to rape you!
Arden: Okay.
Rudy: What, you want me to rape you?
Arden: I'll kiss you.
Rudy: And take the gloves off.
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Alternate Versions

In the theatrical release, there are two references to Arden's dead brother: when her mother mentions him, causing Arden's frenzy, and when she packs his picture before she leaves. There is an extended sequence that shed light on this relationship, and the shared tragedy that bound Arden to her mother for many years. See more »

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The Old Zoo
Written by Mark Brodie, Eric Karten, Patrick Rousseau
Performed by Hound
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"What was it like, I mean, finding that DEAD GIRL?"
29 December 2006 | by screenwriter-14See all my reviews

THE DEAD GIRL has an ensemble cast that makes each story segment fit into the other and Toni Collette, once again, gives a knock out performance, with Giovanni Ribisi, another stand out in this very dark and dramatic story in which Brittany Murphy shines in a character which once again is reminiscent of the tragic SHERRY BABY and gives the dead girl a feeling of life which she never really had.

The dark colors in the photography and dialog fit each scene and made all the characters stand out. What was really clever was how the writer tied the different segments into finding and identifying the dead girl and how the characters were each in their own way, rather bleak and very dark "Shakespearean" men and women all thrown into this witch's kettle of death and tragedy.

I salute the independent film festival for honoring THE DEAD GIRL in 2007 as this very dark tale might have trouble resonating with a wider audience. But to watch such a talented group of actors in THE DEAD GIRL should be recommended for any future actor.


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