It’s a tragic tale of an actor in Hollywood in the 1950’s. George Reeves was the star of the hugely popular Adventures of Superman. Reeves was a serious actor who knew taking such a role could terminally typecast him. Reeves was killed in his home at 1579 Benedict Canyon Drive, Beverly Hills on June 16, 1959 from a gun shot wound to his head. The death was ruled a suicide.
Reeves is special to me because as a five year old I’d rush next door to a lucky playmate’s apartment who had a TV set to watch this exciting series. At five, I found George Reeves to be a real hero and Noel Neil to be the girl of my dreams when she played Lois Lane. I was a fifth grader when I learned of Reeves death. Every kid I knew was saddened by Reeves untimely death.
The Hollywood of the 1950’s is really not much different than today’s Hollywood. Powerful people change lives for better or worse every day. Hollywood has its dark side. Making films is sometimes a cutthroat business. Hollywood is a place where dreams come true, sometimes.
Hollywood is never fond to make films about its insiders and it's understandable why it took 50 years to tell the story. The story telling was done well by Paul Bernbaum’s screenplay along with great directing by Allen Coulter. The complex life of Reeves and the other people at the forefront of this story were fully fleshed out.
Because of the mystery of Reeves' death his mother, played by Lois Smith wanted to get to the bottom of rumors of murder. She hired an imperfect PI in and imperfect world to solve the case. The PI in real life was Jerry Geisler. The PI’s name was changed and Oscar winner Adrien Brody who was convincing played the composite character, Louis Simo who to me (I’m a licensed Hollywood PI) was the real deal. Diane Lane was a winner as Reeve’s married girlfriend, Toni Mannix, and Ben Affleck really pulled off his part playing the doomed George Reeves. The cast has no slackers anywhere. This is a must see movie for any George Reeves or Superman fan.
I feel compelled to give you my professional opinion; George Reeves killed himself while under the influence of America’s number one killer, alcohol. The questions raised by the conspiracy buffs are without merit. The main issue surrounds the lack of fingerprints on the handgun used. In real life handguns involved in shootings rarely yield usable prints. The sad truth is that the death of George Reeves was a real loss.
I say go see this thought provoking film, you’ll get your money’s worth.
Here is an article on Reeves that seems to shed a little light on the real story.
The Move trailer is here