Dash and Lilly (1999) - Rotten Tomatoes

Dash and Lilly (1999)





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Oscar-winning actress Kathy Bates directed this made-for-cable feature inspired by the true story of one of America's greatest literary couples, Lillian Hellman and Dashiell Hammett. Hellman (Judy Davis) was an award-winning playwright whose successes included +The Children's Hour and +The Little Foxes, while Hammett (Sam Shepard) was a superlative mystery writer whose books inspired such classic films as The Thin Man and The Maltese Falcon. The couple met in the 1930s, while Hammett was working in Hollywood as a screenwriter. They remained together until Hammett's death from lung cancer in 1961 (never married despite the conventions of the day) in a relationship strained by Hammett's infidelity and their shared alcoholism. Dash and Lilly uses Hellman's 1950s testimony before the House Un-American Activities Committee as a springboard to look back at their relationship; both Hammett and Hellman were branded as Communists and called before HUAC, leading to a prison term for Hammett. The film also features Bebe Neuwirth as Dorothy Parker, Laurence Luckinbill as Joseph Rauh, and Mark Zimmerman as Walter Winchell. Hellman's relationship with Hammett formed one of the plot points of the 1977 biopic Julia, which starred Jane Fonda as Hellman and Jason Robards in an Oscar-winning performance as Hammett.


Sam Shepard
as Dashiell Hammett
Judy Davis
as Lillian Helman
Bebe Neuwirth
as Dorothy Parker
David Paymer
as Arthur Kober
Zeljko Ivanek
as Mel Berman
Ned Eisenberg
as Bob Constantine
Mark Zimmerman
as Walter Winchell
Victor A. Young
as Harvey Chernoff
Ken Kramer
as Kositchek - New York Lawyer
Boyd Banks
as Garmes - Prison Guard
Stephanie Morgenstern
as Studio Secretary
Barry Flatman
as Jonathan - Man on Train
Toby Proctor
as Delivery Boy
Maria Syrgiannis
as Maura - Girl with Hammett
Barbara Gordon
as Society Matron
Marie Dame
as Karen - Children's Hour Actress #1
Sharon Bernbaum
as Martha - Children's Hour Actress #2
J. Craig Sandy
as FBI Agent
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All Critics (2) | Top Critics (1)

Dash and Lilly, intending itself as a difficult romance, neglects both as writers.

February 5, 2018 | Full Review…

Kathy Bates directs this portrait of an unconventional but long-lasting love relationship.

March 3, 2002 | Full Review…

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