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Year: 2005
USA: Miramax Films
UK: Buena Vista International UK
Cast: Jessica Alba, Rosario Dawson, Elijah Wood, Bruce Willis, Benicio Del Toro, Michael Clarke Duncan, Carla Gugino, Josh Hartnett, Michael Madsen, Jaime King, Brittany Murphy, Clive Owen, Mickey Rourke, Nick Stahl, Marley Shelton, Powers Booth, Rutger Hauer, Devon Aoki, Alexis Bledel, Chelsea Bulte, Jude Ciccolella, Jason Douglas, Penny Drake, Lauren-Elaine Edleson, Rick Gomez, Natalie Hess, Greg Ingram, Ethan Maniquis, Jason McDonald, Frank Miller, Sherrell Murphy-Ramos, Tommy Nix, Jeff Schwan, Scott Teeters, Ken Thomas, Makenzie Vega, Arie Verveen, Chris Warner, Katherine Willis
Directors: Frank Miller, Robert Rodriguez, Quentin Tarantino
Country: USA
USA: 126 mins
UK: 124 mins
USA Rated: R for sustained strong stylized violence, nudity and sexual content including dialogue
UK Certificate: 18 contains strong bloody violence
USA Release Date: 1 April 2005
UK Release Date: 3 June 2005


Welcome to Sin City. This town beckons to the tough, the corrupt, the broken hearted. Some call it dark. Hard-boiled. Then there are those who call it home. Crooked cops. Sexy dames. Desperate vigilantes. Some are seeking revenge. Others lust after redemption. And then there are those hoping for a little of both. A universe of unlikely and reluctant heroes still trying to do the right thing in a city that refuses to care.

Their stories - shocking, suspenseful and searing - come to the fore in a new motion picture from co-directors Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez, and special guest director Quentin Tarantino.

With verve and invention, Miller and Rodriguez plucked the stories of Sin City right off the comic book page. Then, using cutting-edge digital filmmaking, they pasted these ultimate urban tales of louts, lugs, heroes and hussies to the screen without losing any of the comic's silhouetted look and staccato rhythms. SIN CITY is brought to life through light and shadow - through clipped dialogue, stylized performances and visual invention.

Three Tales from the Dark Heart of Town

The central story follows Marv, a tougher-than-nails street fighter who has always played it his way. When Marv takes home a goddess-like beauty named Goldie, only to have her wind up dead in his bed - he scours the city to avenge the loss of the only drop of love his heart has ever known.

Then there's the tale of Dwight, a private investigator perpetually trying to leave trouble behind, even though it won't quit chasing after him. After a cop is killed in Old Town, Dwight will stop at nothing to protect his friends among the ladies of the night.

Finally, there's the yarn of John Hartigan - the last honest cop in Sin City. With just one ticking hour left to his career, he's going out with a bang as he makes a final bid to save an 11 year-old girl from the sadistic son of a Senator... with unexpected results.

SIN CITY is directed by Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez based on Miller's graphic novel of the same name.

Sin City: Town History (Est. 1991 by Frank Miller)

Sin City is a town that exists - literally and figuratively - in black and white, a world every bit as stark and hard-edged on the outside as it feels on the inside. Only the rarest flashes of blazing color light up this city. Likewise, it is a place of deep contrasts. Contrasts between the corrupt, the power-hungry and the unredeemable on the one hand, and those still clinging by their fingernails to morals, hopes and broken-hearted dreams of love on the other. An imaginary metropolis drawn to be not just bad, but bursting at its seams with raw impulses and emotions.

The city was born in 1991, emerging from the heated imagination and skilled pen of modern comic book master Frank Miller. It was to become one of the most critically acclaimed graphic tales of its generation. Miller, a vital player in the modern revolution in comic book storytelling, had previously won fans - and a dose of literary acclaim - working on Marvel Comics' Daredevil and the influential Batman graphic novel, The Dark Knight Returns. His mark on pop culture continued with the creation of such popular characters as the ninja assassin Elektra and the futuristic samurai Ronin.

He was already an iconoclast, but his stories from Sin City broke all previous moulds.

There are no superheroes in Sin City, just tough-guys, hard cases, guns, girls, lovers and losers trying to make it through the dark, dark night. All exploding off the page in white-silhouetted drawings that riveted many who had never been comic book fans before.

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