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Director:
Writers:
Gerald Petievich (novel)
William Friedkin (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
1 November 1985 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
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 »
User Reviews:
A gem of the action genre. See more (210 total) »

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)
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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:
The freeway car chase was filmed with the traffic flowing backwards. While Chance and Vukovich appear to be driving against traffic, they are in fact going in the proper direction for the U.S.; it is the rest of traffic that's moving on the wrong side of the road (Chance drives on the right side of the road, but the traffic is driving on the left). This was done to increase tension for the audience.See more »
Goofs:
Incorrectly regarded as goofs: During the scene when Rick Masters demands his money back from Jeff for the botched hit on Cody in jail, Jeff says "I owe you one Cody". Although some viewers think that the line should read "I owe you one, Rick," Jeff's reference to Cody is not a script error; Jeff is merely saying that he owes Rick "one Cody" - that is, one dead Cody.See more »
Quotes:
Eric 'Rick' Masters:A 19th Century Cameroon, yes? Your taste is in your ass!
[shoots Waxman in the face]
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Soundtrack:
The Conductor Wore BlackSee more »

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29 out of 42 people found the following review useful.
A gem of the action genre., 11 November 2005
Author: coldscribe from Edmonton, Alberta

A flawed but compelling tale, one that derives its success despite and perhaps because of the decade it was born into. As Director Friedkin points out in the documentary that's included with the DVD, the movie acknowledges and celebrates the "counterfeit" aspects of our lives but some of the ideas floating around here are so outlandishly amateurish and cornball - like the artist/criminal Eric Masters (Willem Dafoe) who gazes into the painted reflection of his own tormented self before setting fire to it - that it rivals the local high school drama production for sheer profundity.

Wang Chung synth-pop and Peckinpah violence lace the film and it will induce Grand-Theft Auto flashbacks when the gaming crowd watches Richard Chance (yes, that's William L. Peterson, our stoic CSI man - 20 years younger and 40 lbs. lighter) stroll into a strip club. There is energy here - the same type of kinetic existentialism from Mann's _Heat_ and this _Miami-Vice_transplantation succeeds (cheese and all) because of the commitment to and abandonment of the genre's repertoire of clichés - the obligatory car chase is here (although it's a good one), and the cops-on-the-edge thing is not unfamiliar.

Yes, this is a hackneyed action flick but cinematographer Robby Muller's picturesquely captures the city's essence (forgive me Angelenos). L.A. is the main character of this story and despite the inevitable ending the viewer is left with a warm, nostalgic feeling not only for this great city but for the many times we've drifted through L.A.'s phantom-like streets in countless other movies and in our own imaginations.

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