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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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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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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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Trivia

James Ellroy declared that he had nothing to do with this film. David Ayer entirely rewrote his script and only conserved the names of some characters. See more »

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During one of the riot scenes, a rioter can be seen pushing a shopping cart with Super Soaker brand water guns in it. This particular model of Super Soaker did not exist in 1992. See more »

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Det. Sgt. Eldon Perry Jr.: Look what descended from the sixth floor, Hey, Jimmy.
James Barcomb: Jack. How are you holding up, son?
Bobby Keough: I'm good, sir.
James Barcomb: You should've seen this kid. He was outstanding. Ever thought about doing a tour with public affairs? We could use a good-looking son of a bitch like you.
Jack Van Meter: He's a good young cop, Jimmy, and he's mine. Well, I tried.
James Barcomb: The board voted- In policy, You're off the hook, kid.
Det. Sgt. Eldon Perry Jr.: There you go.
Jack Van Meter: Congratulations. Have a cigar.
James Barcomb: The report will be ready in the morning. You guys can get back into the field. So...
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Kurt Russell at his best
4 March 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Here's a decent corrupt cop thriller that has two exceptional things going for it. The first is an at-the-top-of-his-game Kurt Russell giving the kind of subtle, layered performance you only get from a pro; it would be so easy for his dark-hearted cop to be a caricature, but thanks to Russell he's far from it. Russell is one of those actors who make a lot of lightweight fare (BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA, etc.) and whose genuine talents are sometimes forgotten about, which is a shame. Check out the monologue he gets to himself here - excellent.

The second thing going for this is the backdrop of the L.A. race riots in 1992. A simmering undercurrent of violence runs throughout the movie, from the casual violence of the opening robbery to the bravura climax. The atmosphere is frightening, a perfect match for the ruthlessness of the cops who think they're above the law, and perfectly realised.

Add in a taut script, a seasoned round of pros (Brendan Gleeson, Ving Rhames) and a fairly good performance from newcomer Scott Speedman and you have a solid, highly watchable drama.


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