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To Live and Die in L.A. (1985)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama  |  1 November 1985 (USA)
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A fearless Secret Service agent will stop at nothing to bring down the counterfeiter who killed his partner.

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Two cops in Los Angeles try to track down the vicious criminal Eric Masters. Then, one of them is killed by Masters and the other one swears revenge no matter what the cost. After that, the hunt becomes an ob- session and the law he once swore to uphold becomes meaningless to him. Written by Harald Mayr <marvin@bike.augusta.de>

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Detroit, Chicago, New York, Miami were like this! This is THE CITY OF ANGELS! This is L.A. See more »


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1 November 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Vivir y morir en Los Ángeles  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$967,312 (USA)
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Trivia

During the opening sequence when the Willem Dafoe character is shown printing money the film crew is actually creating counterfeit bills. They had a convicted counterfeiter on set showing them how it is done. They were filming out in the desert and Willem Dafoe said that every time a helicopter flew over the building they were sure it was the police coming to arrest them all. See more »

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Jim Hart arrives at Lancaster early morning to stake-out Rick Master's warehouse. As he scans the area through binoculars he is visibly affected by the bitter cold. Once Jim jumps over the fence, Rick Master is seen hiding inside the empty trailer. Suggesting that Rick must have anticipated Jim Harts arrival and spent considerable time waiting in ambush, possibly through an entire night in bitter cold. See more »

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Richard Chance: Where's the key?
Thomas Ling: I don't have it.
Richard Chance: He doesn't have it. What a guy!
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Shamefully misunderstood by the critics
29 April 1999 | by (Canterbury, England) – See all my reviews

One of the very best films of the 1980s this was shamefully neglected and misunderstood by the critics. The problem is: on the surface it's just like an ordinary action crime thriller (and thus won't appeal to the arthouse crowd), except that it makes it difficult to identify yourself with any of the characters. In other words: it violates its genre rules. But this very fact makes it so unpredictable and thrilling, and a proper movie as opposed to a mere genre clone.

The good guys are flawed. This isn't really new, since the mid 1960s there were plenty of flawed heroes in Westerns or police thrillers. The difference is that not only their characters are flawed, they are vulnerable, destructible, they make mistakes. And they pay for their mistakes. Similarly the villains: yes, they are formidable and glamorous, but they are not in the league of the Blofelds or Sentenzas of moviedom. They make mistakes too. And they pay too.

A surprising asset is the film music by Wang Chung, a one-hit-wonder pop obscurity of the era. Their sound perfectly melts with the cinematography, especially in the stylish opening sequence.


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