Fade to Black (2006)




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Movie Info

A screen legend is drawn into a murder mystery that reaches to the highest ranks of the entertainment industry in director Oliver Parker's 1940s-era thriller featuring a sleuthing Orson Welles (played by Danny Huston). The year is 1948 and, having just suffered a breakup with Rita Hayworth and a falling-out with Hollywood, Welles arrives in Rome to appear before the cameras in Black Magic. Though Welles' primary concerns on the set of his latest film are to forget his troubles back home and … More

Rating: R
Genre: Mystery & Suspense
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On DVD: Oct 5, 2010



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Critic Reviews for Fade to Black

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (1)

For all its flaws, it's a movie-lover's movie, and clear evidence that Parker should push himself a bit more often.

Full Review… | March 7, 2008
Time Out
Top Critic

All credit to writer-director Oliver Parker for trying to broaden his CV, but Danny Huston is a terrible bore as Welles, Paz Vega continues to be incomprehensible in English, and the murky mystery plot limps along unrewardingly.

Full Review… | March 7, 2008
Daily Telegraph

On paper this must have looked a neat idea: a wildly fictionalised account of a skid-row Orson Welles, up to his neck in political skulduggery while shooting a third-rate picture in post-war Italy.

Full Review… | March 7, 2008

A retro pastiche that, like The Good German before it, will be of limited interest to all but the most ardent film buff.

Full Review… | March 7, 2008

Like Black Magic itself, alas, this is destined to be a forgotten curio of limited appeal.

Full Review… | March 7, 2008

Fade to Black is as sleek and attractive as the chrome polished vintage cars Huston travels in, but never truly gets in gear.

Full Review… | March 7, 2008
Sky Movies

Audience Reviews for Fade to Black

I got confused with this one. Is this really a thriller/suspense, or it is just another mafia movie with Cristopher Walken? Hmm...well...if this was a thriller/suspense, it was really slow-paced and quickly lost my attention.

Jacob Palacio
Jacob Palacio

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I appreciated the dark humor in this noir thriller, but the story seemed somewhat convoluted. I have no idea why Spanish actors were cast to play Italians.

Gabriel Knight

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