Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
There is no justice without sin.
Directed by: Frank Miller
Robert Rodriguez
Written by: Frank Miller
Robert Rodriguez
Produced by: Sergei Bespalov
AMarina Bespalov
Oleg Boyko
Sam Englebardt
Based on: A Dame To Kill For
Just Another Saturday Night
Music by: Robert Rodriguez
Studio: Miramax
Distributed by: Dimension Films
Release date: August 22, 2014

Sin City: A Dame To Kill For is a 2014 crime thriller neo-noir film based on Frank Miller's story A Dame to Kill For, the second book in the Sin City series. The film is the sequel to the 2005 film Sin City. Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller directed it with a script written by them and and William Monahan. The film was released on August 22, 2014. The Official Site was launched January 7, 2014.

One of the smaller plots of the film is based on the short story "Just Another Saturday Night", which is collected in Booze, Broads, & Bullets, the sixth book in the comic series. Two original stories ("The Long Bad Night" and "Nancy's Last Dance") were created exclusively for the film written by Miller. The film was released on August 22, 2014

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Marv (Mickey Rourke) regains consciousness on a highway overlooking the Projects, surrounded by several dead young men and a crashed police car and with no memory of how he got there. He retraces his steps, recalling that since it is Saturday, he was watching Nancy Callahan (Jessica Alba) dance at Kadie's Saloon. Stepping outside, he encounters four rich frat boys burning a bum alive. When Marv intervenes, the leader of the frat boys shoots him in the arm, calling him "Bernini Boy", which Marv mishears as "Bernie." They flee, and Marv follows, stealing a police car on the way, which he crashes into their car, leading to his blackout and memory loss. He follows the two surviving frat boys into the projects, the neighborhood where he grew up, and with the assistance of the deadly residents lurking in the shadows, he dispatches the frat boys. Before killing the leader, he questions him about being called 'Bernini boy', (it was the brand of coat he was wearing,) he slits his throat. Having completed his business, he considers his coat, and realizes he can't remember how he acquired it.

Johnny (Joseph Gordon Levitt), a cocky young gambler, arrives in Sin City and heads to Kadie's place, where he imminently hits the jackpot on multiple slot machines. Taking a young waitress, Marcie (Julia Garner) with him as a good luck charm, he buys into the backroom poker game lead by the all-powerful Senator Roarke (Powers Booth). Johnny repeatedly wins in the high-stakes game, and cleans the senator out. One of the other players, the corrupt police lieutenant Liebowitz (Jude Ciccolella) warns him to get out of town, but instead Johnny takes Marcie out for a night on the town. He is walking her home when he is attacked by Roarke's goons. He fights them off and tells Marcie to meet him at a hotel before he is escorted into a waiting car. The Senator is waiting for him. In payment for the humiliation he suffered at the card game, Roarke takes back his money, then reveals a pair of pliers, which he uses to break three of Johnny's fingers. They toss him from the car and the Senator shoots him in the leg, at which point he reveals that he has recognized Johnny as his illegitimate son, but remarks that he only considered his dead son Roarke Jr. (who was killed during the events of the first film) his flesh and blood. He leaves Johnny alive, preferring to let him suffer, and Johnny swears revenge.

Johnny visits an unlicensed doctor, Kroenig (Christopher Lloyd) who shoots up heroin before trading his services for Johnny's last forty dollars and his shoes. Realizing that he has left Marcie unprotected, Johnny flees to her hotel, but finds the Senator waiting for him along with Marcie's dismembered head and hands. Again, the senator lets him go. Intent on taking down Roarke, Johnny is able to scrounge a dollar from a sympathetic waitress (Lady Gaga) which he uses to regain enough money playing slots to buy his way into Roarke's game the following night. Playing with significantly less confidence, Johnny folds his first few hands, allowing Roarke, who taunts him about his dead mother. He is able to once again con Roarke into going all in, and then reveals his winning hand. Johnny taunts his father, reminding him that the story of how he was beaten twice by the same man will follow him for the rest of his life. His vengeance completed, Johnny smiles resignedly as Roarke shoots him in the head, commanding his men to get rid of the body.

Years before "The Big Fat Kill", Dwight McCarthy (Josh Brolin) is attempting to put his violent past behind him, working a a private detective and leading a life of complete sobriety, struggling daily to refuse his inner demons. After saving the life of a young hooker (Juno Temple) who is nearly murdered by her businessman lover (Ray Liota) he receives an unexpected phone call from his former lover Ava Lord (Eva Green), who left Dwight four years prior for a wealthy tycoon, Damian Lord (Marton Csokas). She begs him to meet her at Kadie's saloon, and despite his embittered feelings, he agrees. When Ava arrives, she begs forgiveness for leaving him, and is able to infer she is afraid for her life before her massive chauffeur, Manute (Dennis Haysbert) arrives to escort her home. Unable to get her out of his mind, Dwight sneaks into Damian Lord's estate, where he observes Ava swimming, but is caught and beaten for his trouble. Dwight is returned home, where a nude Ava is waiting for him. He tries to throw her out, but can't resist her and they make love. She tells him Damian and Manute are torturing her physically and mentally, and that she knows Damian will kill her soon. Manute arrives and viciously beats a naked Dwight, tossing him out a window.

Determined to rescue Ava, Dwight recruits Marv to help him, and they mount an assault on Lord's compound. Marv attacks Manute, putting him in traction and tearing out his eye. Dwight confronts Damian Lord, who denies Ava's accusations, and an enraged Dwight beats him to death. As he reacts in horror, Ava appears and shoots Dwight several times, taunting him and thanking him for helping her murder her husband and take over his business. She finally shoots him in the face and forcing him to fall out of a window, where he is rescued by Marv, who takes him to Old Town. Dwight is recognized by his old flame, Gail (Rosario Dawson), who saves his life. With the help of Gail and the deadly assassin Miho (Jamie Chung), Dwight undergoes reconstructive surgery on his face and plots his revenge.

Meanwhile, two detectives, Mort (Christopher Meloni) and Bob (Jeremy Piven) begin an investigation of Damian's death. Ava claims Dwight was an obsessive ex-lover, and that he killed her husband in a jealous rage. Bob is skeptical but Ava chooses to seduce Mort, who believes her every word. They begin an affair and Ava increasingly pressures him to find and kill Dwight. When Mort, obsessed with Ava, attempts to track Dwight down in Old Town (an action that would break the truce between the police and the prostitutes), Bob attempts to stop him. An enraged Mort shoots Bob in the head, then turns the gun on himself. Out of options, Ava reluctantly partners with the mob bas Wallensquist (Stacey Keach).

Dwight (with his new face), accompanied by Gail and Miho, poses as Wallenquist's man from Phoenix. Inside Ava's estate, however, Manute sees past the new face and captures Dwight. Gail and Miho strike from Dwight's car, and Dwight shoots Manute with a hidden .25 he had up his left sleeve. Six bullets fail to kill him, and Manute aims shakily at Dwight as Ava grabs one of Manute's guns, shooting Manute several times. She attempts to convince Dwight to pair with her, that the pain he has suffered has revealed his true face, but Dwight shoots her mid-kiss, and she dies in his arms.

Set four years after "That Yellow Bastard", Nancy Callahan struggles to cope with John Hartigan's selfless suicide. Drinking heavily, she has become obsessed with vengence on senator Roarke, who drove Hartigan to kill himself. As she wallows in despair, the ghost of Hartigan (Bruce Willis) watches over her, unable to reach her but attempting to help. On the same night Johnny joins the backroom poker game, Nancy attempts to shoot Roarke from the stage of Kadie's, but finds herself unable to pull the trigger, possibly due to Hartigan's ghostly influence.

Nancy hallucinates a visit from Roarke, and shortly thereafter cuts her hair and smashes a mirror, using its shards to cut her face. Having witnessed Nancy's downward spiral, Marv steps in and volunteers to help her kill Roarke. They are attacked by a motorcycle gang, who Marv kills, but he leaves their leader for Nancy to finish off. The pair mount an assault on Roarke's compound, and Marv brutally slaughters Roarke's bodyguards while Nancy picks off the guards with a crossbow. Marv is wounded, and Nancy continues on to confront Roarke by herself. Roarke shoots her several times and is about to finish her off when he is distracted by the ghost of Hartigan appearing in a mirror, which gives Nancy enough time to recover and shoot him dead.


Main article: Sin City 2: A Dame to Kill For (soundtrack).


Director Robert Rodriguez spoke about the unprecedented use of 3D in the new film, saying, ""We're really playing with stuff because that's a very two dimensional world and to see that stylization in 3D, it'll blow people's minds. 3D hasn't been used like this yet." [1]


It is currently unknown who will be playing the primary male character, Liebowitz, but Johnny Depp has replaced Matt Damon as the frontrunner for the role. Previously, Damon, Antonio Banderas, and Rafe Spall were the director's top three choices.

Here are casting announcements in chronological order:

  • October 2012: Due to Devon Aoki's second pregnancy, she decided not to return to reprise her role as Miho.
  • December 2012: Dennis Haysbert was cast to replace the late Michael Clarke Duncan as the character Manute. [2]
  • January 2013:' It was announced that Bruce Willis would be returning for his role as John Hartigan and Joseph Gordon-Levitt has been casted as a new character, Johnny, who is "a gambler, a very cocky gambler, who comes in and tries to beat the biggest villain in Sin City at his own game. The story's called 'The Long, Bad Night.' He beats the wrong guy in a game and bad stuff happens to him." [3] It was also announced in January that Jeremy Piven, Juno Temple, and Ray Liotta would be joining the cast,[4] and that Josh Brolin would be playing pre-facial surgery Dwight McCarthy. [5]


  • Three of the film's four segments - "JUST ANOTHER SATURDAY NIGHT", "A DAME TO KILL FOR" and "THE LONG, BAD NIGHT" - are prequels to the first film.
  • Marton Csokas played a good game couple. In real life, both actors shared a relationship from 2005 to 2009.
  • Although she played a supporting role in the "A Dame to Kill For" comic book, Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez retired the character of Shellie from the film version instead recast her out of respect to the late Brittany Murphy.



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Sin City
Films Sin City - Sin City: A Dame To Kill For
Main Characters Miho - Dwight McCarthy - Gail - Marv - Ava Lord - Wendy - Goldie - Johnny - John Hartigan - Nancy Callahan - Bob - Mort - Marcie - Sally - Joey Canelli - Becky - The Colonel - Customer - Lucille - Manute - Shellie - Senator Roark - Wallenquist - Dallas - Delia - Wallace
Groups Girls of Old Town - Basin City Police Department - Roark family - Irish mercenaries - Magliozzi Family - The Bikers - Wallenquist Organization
Locations Basin City - Old Town - Sacred Oaks - The Projects - The Pits - Kadie's - The Docks - Mimi's - Farm
Music Sin City (soundtrack) - Sin City 2: A Dame to Kill For (soundtrack)
Comics The Hard Goodbye - A Dame To Kill For - The Babe Wore Red and Other Stories - The Big Fat Kill - Silent Night - That Yellow Bastard - Daddy's Little Girl - Lost, Lonely & Lethal - Sex & Violence - Just Another Saturday Night - Family Values - Booze, Broads, & Bullets - Hell And Back
Short Stories And Behind Door Number Three? - The Customer is Always Right - The Babe Wore Red - Fat Man and Little Boy - Blue Eyes - Rats - Wrong Turn - Wrong Track
Original Yarns The Long Bad Night - Nancy's Last Dance
Important Articles Chronology - Fan Art - Sin City - Sin City Comics to Film Differences - The Truce - Yarns