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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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Arthur Holland
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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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1992, L.A is at boiling point. One cop's turning up the heat. See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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

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Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$445,606 (France) (22 August 2003)
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Trivia

This was an original screenplay written by James Ellroy entitled "The Plague Season". It was in development for eight years. One time the film was set up at Universal Pictures. See more »

Goofs

During the opening scene, the car's rear-view mirror suddenly disappears between shots. See more »

Quotes

Jack Van Meter: Brief me on Jack O'Hearts. I've been getting calls all day. "My two best guys are on it, giving 200%." Tell me you got the suspects in your trunk.
Det. Sgt. Eldon Perry Jr.: My trunk has nothing but a spare tire and dirty underwear.
Jack Van Meter: You gotta have some breaks.
Det. Sgt. Eldon Perry Jr.: I interviewed the "K" who owns the crime scene who I sniffed out as a lesser light of the underworld and it turns out he's got a strip club. He's pandering, a cash-and-carry businessman and he had a safe with a buck-fifty in it.
Jack Van Meter: That's real money. You guys found a ...
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References L.A. Confidential (1997) See more »

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Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg
Written by Dallas Austin, Roger Ball, Robert Kool Bell (as Robert E. Bell),
Ronald Bell, George Bowen, Donald Boyce, Malcolm Duncan, Steve Ferrone,
, Alan Gorrie, Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes (as Lisa Lopes), Onnie McIntyre (as Owen McIntyre),
, Robert Spike Mickens (as Robert Mickens), Claydes Smith, Hamish Stuart,
, Dennis D.T. Thomas (as Dennis Thomas) and Richard Westfield (as Richard Wesfield)
Performed by TLC
Courtesy of Arista Records
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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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