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Sin City - Jessica Alba, Rosario Dawson, Elijah Wood, Bruce Willis, Robert Rodriguez, Frank Miller

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Movie propaganda

Walk down the right back alley in Sin City and you can find anything.

Sin City is infested with criminals, crooked cops and sexy dames, some searching for vengeance, some for redemption and others, both. The film incorporates storylines from three of Miller's graphic novels including Sin City, which launched the long-running, critically acclaimed series, as well as That yellow bastard and The big fat kill. John Hartigan (Bruce Willis) is a cop with a bum ticker and a vow to protect stripper Nancy (Jessica Alba). Marv (Mickey Rourke) is an outcast misanthrope on a mission to avenge the death of his one true love, Goldie (Jaime King). Dwight (Clive Owen) is the clandestine love of Shelley (Brittany Murphy), who spends his nights defending Gail (Rosario Dawson) and her Old Towne girls (Devon Aoki and Alexis Bledel) from Jackie Boy (Benicio Del Toro), a dirty cop with a penchant for violence.

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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film crime action police corrupt prostitute graphic novel stripper

Persons of interest

  • Jessica Alba .... Nancy Callahan
  • Rosario Dawson .... Gail
  • Elijah Wood .... Kevin
  • Maria Bello .... Ava Lord
  • Bruce Willis .... John Hartigan
  • Benicio Del Toro .... Jack Rafferty
  • Michael Clarke Duncan .... Manute
  • Carla Gugino .... Lucille
  • Josh Hartnett .... The Salesman
  • Michael Madsen .... Bob
  • Jaime King .... Goldie/Wendy
  • Brittany Murphy .... Shellie
  • Clive Owen .... Dwight
  • Mickey Rourke .... Marv
  • Nick Stahl .... Junior/Yellow Bastard
  • Marley Shelton .... The Customer
  • Arie Verveen .... Murphy
  • Devon Aoki .... Miho
  • Alexis Bledel .... Becky
  • Rick Gomez .... Mr Shlubb
  • Rutger Hauer .... Cardinal Roark
  • Jason McDonald .... Ronnie
  • Sherrell Murphy-Ramos .... Molly Prince
  • Tommy Nix .... Weevil
  • Scott Teeters .... Lenny/Benny
  • Frank Miller .... Author
  • Robert Rodriguez .... Screenwriter
  • Frank Miller .... Director
  • Robert Rodriguez .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

Sin City is visually stimulating and well worth seeing on that merit alone but the story is comparatively weak. Some of this comes from the repetition of its themes (revenge, death, sacrifice, innocence) and the ronde plot structure (goes round and round the same characters). The style varies between film noir and cartoonish and the acting is forced to follow suit, not always a good thing.

Yet Sin City manages to overcome most of its weaknesses and ends up well worth the money you spend on watching it. Micky Rourke (as a hideously deformed monster with a good heart) is good. So is Bruce Willis.

Media intelligence (DVD)

  • Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Languages: English, Italian
  • Picture: Widescreen (1.85:1)
  • Special features:
    • Documentaries: Behind the scenes
  • Subtitles: English, English captions, English closed captions, Italian

Security censorship classification

MA 15+ (Medium level violence)

Surveillance time

124 minutes (2:04 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 14 July 2005
DVD retail: 30 November 2005
DVD retail: 8 November 2006 - Recut

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