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Brown's Requiem (1998)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Thriller  |  3 June 1999 (Netherlands)
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Recovering alcoholic ex-LAPD private detective Fritz Brown is hired by caddie "Fat Dog" to follow his kid sister, who is holed up with an old sugar daddy. The trail leads to his old police boss Cathcart, and the bodies start to pile up.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Fritz Brown
Big Daddy Wayne ...
Leotis McCarver
Bud Myers
Fat Dog (as William Sasso)
Solly K
Ron Barker ...
William Newman ...
Henry Cruz
Lisa Koch ...
Jack Skolnick


Fritz Brown is an ex-LAPD, recovering alcoholic who now splits his time repossessing cars for a used car lot and staffing his one-man private detective agency. When a filthy caddie named Freddy "Fat Dog" Baker wanders into Fritz's office one day, flashing a wad of cash, Fritz is hired to follow Fat Dog's kid sister Jane, who is holed up with a Beverly Hills sugar daddy named Sol Kupferman. Kupferman is a 70 year-old bag man for the mob, and Fat Dog claims that "Solly K" is up to something evil that may harm Jane. The trail leads Fritz to an encounter with his dark past in the person of Haywood Cathcart, current head of LAPD internal affairs and the person who kicked Fritz off the police force. But what is Cathcart doing in business with a mobster? And why is Jane shacked up with a man old enough to be her grandfather? Fritz starts asking some questions, and the answers are all bad news. Fritz finds himself back on Haywood Cathcart's short list, and as the bodies start to pile up ... Written by Anonymous

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In L.A., The Law Is Still For Sale.


Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for violence, nudity and language | See all certifications »

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3 June 1999 (Netherlands)  »

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Brown's dilemma  »

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Box Office

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$3,077 (USA) (25 February 2000)


$3,077 (USA) (25 February 2000)

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The beer bar Fat Dog uses as his contact point "Rustic Inn" is a real bar in L.A. called Ye Rustic Inn. It was not altered for the film in any way- it was perfect as a low life sleazy underbelly of the city hangout. Keifer Southerland, Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart have been spotted there. See more »

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References The Dudley Do-Right Show (1969) See more »


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Performed by Speckled Red
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A great film noir!
21 April 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I watched this film on DVD and it was just a chance to catch Michael Rooker in the lead role of Fritz Brown, an ex-cop, repo man, and part time detective. Michael plays him with streetwise honesty and toughness but makes it believable and yet shows the weaknesses, and vulnerabilities and flaws of the character. I really enjoyed watching him play these kinds of characters and it's a nice change from seeing him not play a villain or a psychopath. This is an excellent film noir and the best I've ever seen James Freeland has done a brilliant job with this film. The beautiful music score in the opening and closing for the film just fits together with the sad tone of the character. Michael Rooker is one of my favourite actors and I think he did an amazing job in this role he is one of the most underrated actors in Hollywood I hope to see him in more future films.

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