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Writers:
Gerald Petievich (novel)
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Release Date:
1 November 1985 (USA) See more »
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Detroit, Chicago, New York, Miami were like this! This is THE CITY OF ANGELS! This is L.A. See more »
Plot:
A fearless Secret Service agent will stop at nothing to bring down the counterfeiter who killed his partner. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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3 wins See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

William Petersen ... Richard Chance (as William L. Petersen)

Willem Dafoe ... Eric Masters

John Pankow ... John Vukovich

Debra Feuer ... Bianca Torres

John Turturro ... Carl Cody

Darlanne Fluegel ... Ruth Lanier (as Darlanne Fleugel)

Dean Stockwell ... Bob Grimes

Steve James ... Jeff Rice

Robert Downey Sr. ... Thomas Bateman (as Robert Downey)
Michael Greene ... Jim Hart

Christopher Allport ... Max Waxman
Jack Hoar ... Jack
Valentin de Vargas ... Judge Filo Cedillo (as Val DeVargas)

Dwier Brown ... Doctor
Michael Chong ... Thomas Ling
Jacqueline Giroux ... Claudia Leith (as Jackely Giroux)
Michael Zand ... Terrorist
Bobby Bass ... FBI Agent
Dar Robinson ... FBI Agent (as Dar Allen Robinson)

Anne Betancourt ... Nurse
Katherine M. Louie ... Ticket Agent
Edward Harrell ... Airport Guard
Gilbert Espinoza ... Ultro's Bartender
John Petievich ... Agent
Zarko Petievich ... Agent
Rick Dalton ... Agent
Richard L. Lane ... Agent
Jack Cota ... Agent
Shirley J. White ... Airline Passenger
Gerald H. Brownlee ... Visiting Room Guard
David M. DuFriend ... Tower Guard
Rubén García ... Inmate Ruben
Joe Duran ... Prison Guard
Bufort McClerkins ... Prison Assailant (as Buford McClerkins)

Gregg Dandridge ... Prison Assailant
Donnie Williams ... Rice's Friend
Earnest Hart Jr. ... Rice's Friend

Thomas F. Duffy ... Credit Card Counterfeiter
Gerald Petievich ... Special Agent (as Gerry Petievich)
Mark Gash ... Mark Gash
Pat McGroarty ... Criminal

Brian Bradley ... Tourist

Jane Leeves ... Serena / dancer (as Jane Leaves)
Cherise Bates ... Dancer (as Cherise Bate)
Michael Higgins ... Dancer (as Michael W. Higgins)
Chris Latanzi ... Dancer (as Chris Lattanzi)
Shaun Earl ... Dancer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Alan Baltes ... Driver (uncredited)

Tommy Bull ... Bit part (uncredited)

Gary Cole ... Man Chased by Richard Chance (uncredited)

Stevie Mack ... Basketball Player (uncredited)

Jason Ronard ... Man Chased by Richar (uncredited)
Joey Sotello ... Secret Service Agent (uncredited)

Chris Tashima ... Extra (uncredited)

Directed by
William Friedkin 
 
Writing credits
Gerald Petievich (novel)

William Friedkin (screenplay) &
Gerald Petievich (screenplay)

Produced by
Irving H. Levin .... producer
Samuel Schulman .... executive producer
Bud S. Smith .... co-producer (as Bud Smith)
 
Original Music by
Wang Chung 
 
Cinematography by
Robby Müller (director of photography) (as Robby Muller)
 
Film Editing by
M. Scott Smith  (as Scott Smith)
 
Casting by
Robert Weiner  (as Bob Weiner)
 
Production Design by
Lilly Kilvert 
 
Art Direction by
Buddy Cone 
 
Set Decoration by
Cricket Rowland 
 
Costume Design by
Linda M. Bass  (as Linda Bass)
 
Makeup Department
Jeff Dawn .... head makeup artist (as Jefferson Dawn)
Peter Tothpal .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
John J. Smith .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Charles Myers .... first assistant director
Bob Roe .... second assistant director
Bud S. Smith .... second unit director (as Bud Smith)
 
Art Department
Raymond Camaioni .... carpenter
Dins W.W. Danielsen .... assistant art director (as Dins Danielson)
Rainer Fetting .... painter: Masters' paintings
Amanda J. Flick .... painter (as Amanda Flick)
Dennis Hoerter .... carpenter
Richard K. Hummel .... assistant set decorator (as Richard Hummel)
Jon Hutman .... set dresser
Portia Iversen .... assistant set decorator (as Portia Iverson)
William C. Jones .... carpenter (as William Jones)
Gavin McCune .... carpenter
John Stadelman .... set dresser
Frank Viviano .... construction coordinator
David E. Harshbarger .... props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Gary Alexander .... sound re-recording mixer
Jeff Bushelman .... sound effects editor
Mike Dobie .... sound effects editor (as Michael Dobie)
Jean-Louis Ducarme .... sound recordist (as Jean-Louis DuCarme)
Louis L. Edemann .... sound effects editor
Jim Fitzpatrick .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Robert Glass .... sound re-recording mixer
J. Paul Huntsman .... dialogue editor
Chris Jenkins .... sound re-recording mixer (as Christopher Jenkins)
Rodger Pardee .... sound recordist
Sergio Reyes .... sound re-recording mixer
Craig Clark .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Samuel C. Crutcher .... sound editor/design (uncredited)
Larry Kemp .... sound editor (uncredited)
Jerry Trent .... foley artist (uncredited)
Jay Wilkinson .... sound editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Phil Cory .... special effects (as Phil Corey)
Rocky Gehr .... special effects technician
 
Stunts
Jeb Stuart Adams .... stunt player (as Jeb Adams)
Carl L. Anderson .... stunt player
Bobby Bass .... stunt player
Billy Bates .... stunt player
Kenny Bates .... stunt player (as Ken Bates)
Jophery C. Brown .... stunt player (as Jophery Brown)
Bobby Burns .... stunt player (as Bobby Andrew Burns)
William H. Burton Jr. .... stunt player (as Bill Burton)
David Carlton .... stunt player
John Casino .... stunt player
Phil Chong .... stunt player
Carl Ciarfalio .... stunt player
Ray Colbert .... stunt player
Clarke Coleman .... stunt player
Jim Connors .... stunt player
Wally Crowder .... stunt player
Tim Culbertson .... stunt player
Jay C. Currin .... stunt player
Jeffrey J. Dashnaw .... stunt player
Steve M. Davison .... stunt player
Tim A. Davison .... stunt player
Justin De Rosa .... stunt player (as Justin DeRosa)
Eddy Donno .... stunt player
Doc Duhame .... stunt player
David R. Ellis .... stunt player
Richard M. Ellis .... stunt player
Kenny Endoso .... stunt player
Tony Epper .... stunt player
Erik Felix .... stunt player
Glory Fioramonti .... stunt player (as Gloria Fioramanti)
Pat Green .... stunt player
James M. Halty .... stunt player
Orwin C. Harvey .... stunt player
Steve Holladay .... stunt player
Larry Holt .... stunt player (as Larry E. Holt)
Billy Hank Hooker .... stunt player (as Bill [Hank] Hooker)
Buddy Joe Hooker .... stunt coordinator: driving and chase sequences
Buddy Joe Hooker .... stunt player
Hugh Hooker .... stunt player (as Hugh M. Hooker)
Richard Hooker .... stunt player
Tommy J. Huff .... stunt player (as Thomas J. Huff)
Gary Hymes .... stunt player
Loren Janes .... stunt player
Pat E. Johnson .... stunt coordinator: fight sequences
Matt Johnston .... stunt player (as Matt Johnson)
Donna Keegan .... stunt player (as Donna M. Keegan)
Henry Kingi .... stunt player
Billy D. Lucas .... stunt player
Pat McGroarty .... stunt player
Gary McLarty .... stunt player
Pat J. McNamara .... stunt player
John Meier .... stunt player (as John C. Meier)
Charly Morgan .... stunt player (as Charly Marie Morgan)
Jimmy Nickerson .... stunt player
Manny Perry .... stunt player (as Manuel Perry)
Jon Conrad Pochron .... stunt player (as Jon Pochran)
Chad Randall .... stunt player
Cyndi Lee Rice .... stunt player (as Cynthia Lee Rice)
Jean Riddel .... stunt player
Vernon Rieta .... stunt player
Dar Robinson .... stunt player (as Dar Allen Robinson)
Danny Rogers .... stunt player
Pat Romano .... stunt player (as Patrick Romano)
Ronnie Rondell Jr. .... stunt player (as Ronald Rondell)
R.A. Rondell .... stunt player
Debby Lynn Ross .... stunt player
Michael Runyard .... stunt player (as Mike Runyard)
Ray Saniger .... stunt player
Dennis Scott .... stunt player (as Dennis R. Scott)
Keith Tellez .... stunt player
David Welch .... stunt player (as David H. Welch)
Scott Wilder .... stunt player
Dick Ziker .... stunt player
Alan Baltes .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Dan Koko .... stunt safety (uncredited)
George A. Sack Jr. .... stunts (uncredited)
Chris Sundlee .... stunt driver (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert K. Feldmann .... key grip (as Robert Feldman)
Bob Field .... electrician (as Robert Field)
Kevin Galbraith .... electrician
Greg Gardiner .... chief lighting technician
Bill Guerre .... grip
Scott Guthrie .... best boy electric
Tim Moore .... grip (as Timothy Moore)
Jane O'Neal .... still photographer
Les Percy .... best boy grip (as Lesley Percy)
Robert D. Yeoman .... director of photography: second unit (as Robert Yeoman)
Henry Minski .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Randy Nolen .... Steadicam operator (uncredited)
Vance Piper .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Jonathan Sharpe .... first assistant camera: second unit (uncredited)
Newton TerMeer .... gaffer: second unit (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Gregg Smith .... dance casting
Gary M. Zuckerbrod .... casting associate
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Susie DeSanto .... costume supervisor
Marina Spadafora .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Sonny Baskin .... assistant film editor
Donah Bassett .... negative cutter
Aubrey Head .... color timer
Jere Huggins .... additional editor
Joe Mosca .... assistant film editor (as Joseph Mosca)
Richard Ritchie .... color timer (as Dick Ritchie)
Bud S. Smith .... supervising film editor (as Bud Smith)
Jill Smith .... assistant film editor
 
Music Department
Greg Fulginiti .... music engineer
Wang Chung .... music performer
 
Transportation Department
Richard M. Brasic .... transportation captain (as Richard Brasic)
Jeff F. Renfro .... transportation coordinator (as Jeffrey Renfro)
Olivia Varnado .... transportation captain
Jack Carpenter .... driver: camera car (uncredited)
Ralph D. Carpenter .... driver: camera car (uncredited)
Hugh Kelly .... driver (uncredited)
Frank Khoury .... driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Cherise Bates .... dancer (as Cherise Bate)
Barry Bedig .... consultant
Cynthia Chvatal .... assistant: William Friedkin (as Cindy Chvatal)
Kevin Deon .... production assistant
Shaun Earl .... dancer
Pablo Ferro .... consultant
Lesli Linka Glatter .... choreographer
Diana Gold .... post-production auditor
Michael Healy .... location manager
Michael Helfand .... assistant location manager
Michael Higgins .... dancer (as Michael W. Higgins)
Robert Jellen .... insurance provider: Albert G. Ruben & Company, Inc. (as Bob Jellen)
Adele Joseph .... assistant: William Friedkin
Chris Latanzi .... dancer (as Chris Lattanzi)
Jane Leeves .... dancer (as Jane Leaves)
Betsy Oliver Luhrsen .... production secretary
Dianne Mapp-Cheek .... production coordinator (as Dianne Lisa Cheek)
Gil Miller .... institutional coordinator: prison
Larry Rovetti .... lab consultant
Jackie Saunders .... script supervisor
Michelle Troxell .... assistant to producers (as Michele Troxell)
Woody Wilcoxan .... technical advisor: prison
Bill Bennett .... terra-flite operator (uncredited)
Terry Edinger .... post-production accountant (uncredited)
Gerald Petievich .... police technical advisor (uncredited)
Theresa Shepherd .... caterer (uncredited)
Mike Sudrow .... weapons specialist (uncredited)
 

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Runtime:
116 min | Germany:101 min (TV version)
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Certification:
Argentina:18 | Australia:R | Finland:K-16 (cut) (1987) (VHS) | Finland:K-18 (uncut) (1986) | France:U | Iceland:16 | Norway:18 (video premiere) (1987) | Norway:(Banned) (1986-2003) (cinema release) | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:M18 | Singapore:PG (cut) | South Korea:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | USA:R (certificate #27848) | West Germany:16

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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 »
Goofs:
Plot holes: 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 »
Quotes:
Eric 'Rick' Masters:You broke your contract with me Jeff. Now, I don't know whether you're into it but you're gonna have to suck on this until you give me back my paper!See more »
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67 out of 82 people found the following review useful.
A Gritty, Anti-Buddy Police Thriller With A Welcome Mean Streak, 10 October 2002
Author: HughBennie-777 from Italy

Another critic discussing this film accurately mentioned "being shamefully ignored" as an injustice this 1985 William-Friedkin masterpiece suffered upon its release. And it was not only the critics who failed to notice its worth. For some reason, the public stayed away in droves as well, this as myself and my friend were practically organizing tours to the theater, introducing people to the film who, weened on "48 Hours", "Miami Vice" and yet to experience the Abbott & Costello hijinks of the "Lethal Weapon" series, had little concept of what a below-the-belt, impeccably crafted cop movie could be. Or would turn into.

Those who've seen Friedkin's earlier genre entry "The French Connection" shouldn't be caught off guard by his often ruthless tactics here, as he's back in the familiar territory of cops and criminals. Nor should those who survived his muscular "Sorcerer"--another unsung hero of an action piece--be unprepared for the director's inability to hide the more challenging (and dreadful) sides of male conflict. Even the disturbing "Cruising", where no attempts were made by the film to explain its ugly corkscrew of a story, all the while summoning an atmosphere thick with dread, still suspenseful, but full of plot holes conveniently filled with leather jackets and the scariest Village-People-on-PCP-soundtrack to date, is just another Friedkin descent into Hell. The details always more than part of a whole.

It may show the surface of a genre flick, but beneath the pulsing Wang Chung soundtrack and 80s-reflective duds (no Members Only jackets appear, luckily) there is as lean and mean and taut a suspense thriller as even Don Siegel could deliver in his prime. And with an outstanding, hyper-realistic cast of then unknowns--including Chicago theater alumni William Pederson, pre-"CSI" and with even more cock to his walk, swaggering through his pursuit of a damaged counterfeiter, Willem Dafoe--the screws tighten with each and every action sequence, climaxing the building mayhem with a cathartic, freeway massacre of automotive chaos on the same scale as a "Mad Max" movie.

The characters ar caustic, the betrayals extremely violent, the music pounding, the ending, in particular, is a departure from the Gerald Petievich novel, the author, himself, a retired U.S. Treasury agent writing an even bleaker resolution to the problem of two unstable detectives at odds with each other, losing their sanity, and finding no comfort in their escalating criminal misbehavior. "To Live And Die In LA" marks a significant and welcome departure within such an oversaturated genre, the buddy cop movie. It refuses to soften its blows or coddle its audience, showing instead dangerous, volatile situations being taken serious. Brutally serious.

Nonetheless, for all its nihilistic tone, captured in parched images of a city populated by thugs, thieves, and sociopathic criminals, "To Live And Die In LA" is like a breath of fresh smog.

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