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

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Darryl Orchard
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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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21 February 2003 (USA)  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$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 »

Goofs

After Bobby shoots an "innocent" suspect, the gun Eldon handed the suspect to make it look like self defense is clearly seen lying on the ground before him on ground views but not on helicopter views. See more »

Quotes

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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from the Film Detour (1945)
Composed by Leo Erdody
Courtesy of Bert Shefter Productions
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Surprised I hadn't seen this
12 October 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Dark Blue was one of those movies I saw the trailer for back when it was first coming out in theaters that I had always wanted to see. For one reason or another I put it off and I eventually forgot about it. Over time some fellow film fans said this was worth watching and deserves a look. Kurt Russell's character is mean and lovable. He's a dirty cop, but we're with him every step of the way. There is a little bit of Training Day in this but one could argue Dark Blue is dirtier and angrier. This is not a typical character for Kurt Russell, and it's one of his best films from the past 10 years. I was surprised I hadn't seen this back when it came out. If you love Kurt, action films, and cop stories than Dark Blue is for you. Overall a good movie.


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