A robbery homicide investigation triggers a series of events that will cause a corrupt LAPD officer to question his tactics.

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Set in the Los Angeles Police Department in April 1992, Dark Blue is a dramatic thriller that takes place just days before the acquittal of four white officers in the beating of black motorist Rodney King and the subsequent L.A. riots. In this racially-charged climate,the LAPD's elite Special Investigations Squad (SIS) is assigned a high-profile quadruple homicide. As they work the case, veteran detective Eldon Perry, known for his tough street tactics and fiery temper, tutors SIS rookie Bobby Keough in the grim realities of police intimidation and corruption. Meanwhile, Assistant Chief Holland, the only man in the department willing to stand up to the SIS, threatens to end Perry's brand of singlehanded "justice" on the Los Angeles streets. While navigating through the tumultuous neighborhoods of South Central L.A., Perry and Keough must track down cold-blooded killers and face their own demons, which prove to be more ruthless than the criminals they pursue. Written by Press kit

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Sworn to protect / Sworn to serve / Sworn to secrecy See more »


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

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

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$3,880,688 (USA) (21 February 2003)

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$9,059,588 (USA) (14 March 2003)
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The script was set in the midst of the 1960s Watts Riots. James Ellroy updated the original story in 1992 after the request of producer Caldecot Chubb for budgetary reasons but asked that his name not be used to promote the movie after he had seen it. See more »

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Assistant Chief Holland is wearing his rank insignia upside down during Detective Keough's Officer-Involved-Shooting Board. He wears 3 stars on each collar; one point of each star should be pointed up (towards his neck) however he is wearing them pointed down. See more »

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Jack Van Meter: Sail boats. I don't understand 'em. I prefer a big boat with a big motor on a big lake behind a big dam. How about you Arthur, are you a motor guy or a sail guy?
Arthur Holland: I don't like boats and I don't like you.
Jack Van Meter: Has this department been so bad to you that you feel driven to humiliate it?
Arthur Holland: Don't hide behind LAPD blue, It's not your color.
Jack Van Meter: Arthur, No one buys your sudden transformation into this beacon of higher consciousness and moral right. The last thing your ham-fisted political ploy will get you is ...
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References Mandingo (1975) See more »

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from the Film Detour (1945)
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Surprisingly Good Cop Flick
3 May 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

About halfway through this movie, I realized I hadn't blinked once. That's when I knew that I was watching a really good film. Kurt Russell is no slouch of an actor. He was riveting. This was a well crafted cop flick where everyone seems to have dirt on someone else, and meanwhile, there are crimes being committed, and L.A. is about to erupt in rioting.

The great thing about this flick is that it doesn't try to be more than it is. Which is just a very entertaining, suspenseful cop movie.

Well worth a watch.

Or two.


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