This is an interesting crime drama in that it presents various scenarios for its main crime, doesn't confirm positively any one of them, yet still finds closure for its overall story. It does this by paralleling the tales of its lead character and its lead subject.
Louis Simo (Adrien Brody, THE PIANIST) is a two-bit private eye, who mainly works cheating spouse cases. He gets a tip that Helen Bessolo (Lois Smith, THE MINORITY REPORT) wants to hire someone to look deeper into the death of her son — SUPERMAN actor George Reeves (Ben Affleck, GOOD WILL HUNTING). The police are ruling it a suicide, but rumors point to foul play.
As Simo investigates the crime, we get flashbacks into Reeves life. Before he hit it big, he started an affair with Toni Mannix (Diane Lane, UNFAITHFUL), the wife of Eddie Mannix (Bob Hoskins, MONA LISA), the general manager of MGM. Because Eddie has his own flings, the affair is not an issue… or was it. When Reeves lands the role of Superman, his agent Art Weissman (Jeffrey DeMunn, THE GREEN MILE) tells him to just take the paycheck, because no one will ever see it. But that wasn't the case — Reeves became type cast as the superhero, which in those days was a joke. As Reeves struggles for legitimacy, he grows apart from Toni and falls for the sexy younger woman Leonore Lemmon (Robin Tunney, TV's PRISON BREAK). This devastates Toni.