The Black Dahlia

2006 R 2h 2m Blu-ray / DVD

The Black Dahlia

2006 R 2h 2m Blu-ray / DVD
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Two Los Angeles cops uncover corruption and conspiracy within the force while searching for the killer of a Tinseltown hopeful. To crack the high-profile case, they venture into Hollywood's darker side to piece together the actress's secret life.
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
Widescreen 2.35:1
English SDH, Spanish (Neutral), French
English: DTS-HD Master Audio, French: DTS 5.1 Surround
R - Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them.
age 17+
Common Sense rating Not for kids
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age 17+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this film is premised on a grisly, real-life 1947 murder that remains unsolved and is still the subject of both Internet discussion and TV investigation/forensics shows. The film features frequent images of bloody, shot, and sliced-up bodies. A presumably insane character rants in a disturbing way before committing suicide violently. The film also includes other explicit scenes of violence (a riot, shootings, a throat being sliced, a face being cut while held in a vise). Characters (especially women) appear in various states of undress; the detectives watch a porn film made by the murder victim that features lesbian activity. A nightclub scene features showgirls dancing provocatively and kissing each other on stage. A couple of sex scenes suggest "passion" by having characters rip each other's clothes off. Characters use foul language (especially "f--k"), smoke a lot of cigarettes, and drink.

Sexual Content

Partial nudity in a "stag film," in which two women use a dildo and wrist restraints; women in underwear; lesbian nightclub scene shows women kissing and writhing in a dance number; lyrics refer to "Love for Sale" sex scenes and post-coital scenes (rip off blouse, passionate kissing, movement under covers, naked chests visible).


Severed-in-half corpse is visible several times (including references to her face cut ear-to-ear); bloody boxing scenes; opening riot scene (punching and fighting); shootings (blood visible and violent imagery); throat cut; fall from balcony; at a crime scene, a dead child with bullet hole in head; description of shooting a pet dog (now stuffed); bloody bat (reference to beating); suicide by shot to the head (explicit); blood spreads under head of murdered man.


Repeated use of "f--k" (over 15); other language (c-word, "hell," "damn," "ass," etc.).

Social Behavior

Detectives become obsessed with the murder of a young starlet; plot concerns corruption, grisly murder, insanity.


Not applicable.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Frequent smoking by protagonists; some drinking in social situations (dinner); cop takes Benzedrine and becomes unhinged.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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