The Dead Girl

April 26th, 2007


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The clues to a young woman's death come together as the lives of seemingly unrelated people begin to intersect.

Release Year: 2006

Rating: 6.8/10 (8,408 voted)

Critic's Score: 65/100

Director: Karen Moncrieff

Stars: Toni Collette, Brittany Murphy, Marcia Gay Harden

In Los Angeles, a story about a dead girl, told in five chapters. A woman, miserable in her circumscribed life caring for her domineering mother, finds a body. Somehow, this discovery allows her to change. At the morgue, the sister of a girl missing for 15 years believes the body is that of her sister; this liberates her. An older woman, married to a man who pays her little attention, finds evidence in a storage unit; how will she handle it? The mother of the dead girl, who left home some years before, visits the last place her daughter lived and makes her own discoveries. Last, we flash back to the victim's final day.

Toni Collette - Arden
Piper Laurie - Arden's Mother
Donnie Smith - Cop #1
Michael Raysses - Cop #2
Earl Carroll - Reporter
Dorothy Beatty - Grocery Checker
Eva Loseth - Grocery Store Customer
Giovanni Ribisi - Rudy
Rose Byrne - Leah
Joanie Tomsky - Therapist
James Franco - Derek
Christopher Allen Nelson - Murray
Mary Steenburgen - Beverley, Leah's Mother
Bruce Davison - Leah's Father
Kate Mulligan - Party Girl

Taglines: One life ends. Seven others begin.


Official Website: Official site |

Release Date: 26 April 2007

Filming Locations: Acton, California, USA

Opening Weekend: €9,026 (Netherlands) (27 May 2007) (7 Screens)

Gross: $17,311 (USA) (7 January 2007)

Technical Specs

Runtime:USA:  | Netherlands: (theatrical version)  | Argentina:

Did You Know?

The name on the Missing Persons report for Brittany Murphy's prostitute character reads "Krista Kutcher." Murphy dated actor Ashton Kutcher after they starred together in the movie Just Married.

Continuity: When Melora meets Rosetta her face is beaten up. When she takes Rosetta to eat her face is normal looking but when she drops her back at the motel Rosetta's face is back to being a mess.

Rudy: You're not kissing me. You're just lying there like you want me to rape you!
Arden: Okay.
Rudy: What, you want me to rape you?
Arden: I'll kiss you.
Rudy: And take the gloves off.

User Review

"The Dead Girl" is full of life

Rating: 9/10

Saw a screening at a film fest in Los Angeles last night and was completely blown away. The quiet intensity of the film draws out the audiences emotions without hitting them over the head with obvious messages. Everything in this film is complex and complicated- even the cooking of a T.V. dinner. The subtle direction and overwhelming combination of acting, cinematography and screenplay lets the film build mystery upon mystery drawing the viewer to its inevitable conclusion. Restating the plot would give too much away, but the lines between life and death and their definitions are definitely called into question in this film. The acting in this film is of the "Oscars all-around" caliber and not one performance is wasted or without passion and skill. Brittany Murphy and Kerry Washington are so incredible you wonder why these women aren't getting more attention. Murphy particularly shines here as a teenage girl trying to control the downward spiral of her life. Marcia Gay Harden is brilliant as usual giving us a multi-layered character that could easily have been overplayed. Mary Beth Hurt offers a stunning and revealing portrait of a deeply conflicted character. Giovanni Ribisi and James Franco give surprising support playing against their normal "type". The cinematography is lushly beautiful, yet also edgy and raw- all a perfect complement to the screenplay. The opening scenes featuring the desert are gripping and breathtaking. They mark a fantastic contrast to the rest of the film. Karen Moncrieff's direction deftly weaves the characters together, revealing small pieces of a mystery bit by bit, never stealing time from the actors and allowing this stellar cast to really shine. If you loved "In The Bedroom" this has a similar pace and feel. This film will knock you sideways while watching it and then will linger with you for days to come.