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Dark Blue (2002)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bobby Keough
Beth Williamson
Arthur Holland
Darryl Orchard
Gary Sidwell
James Barcomb
Janelle Holland
Henry Kim
Eldon Perry III
Deena Schultz


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 »


Crime | Drama | Thriller

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

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Release Date:

21 February 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

4-29-92  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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Standing in the background during Eldon's briefing to the SWAT team is Peter Weireter, who really is LAPD SWAT. See more »


Its mentioned that Ving Rhames' character Chief Holland has taken a civil service test for the chief of police for Cleveland police dept. The Chief of police is not covered under civil service law, so Holland would have not taken a test he would have simply just interviewed for the position. See more »


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's career high; in ways better than "Training Day"
24 February 2003 | by (fairview, nj) – See all my reviews

DARK BLUE (2003) ***1/2 Kurt Russell, Scott Speedman, Ving Rhames, Michael Michele, Lola Davidovich, Brendan Gleeson, Jonathan Banks. Russell gives the performance of his career as morally corrupt LA cop Eldin Perry, assigned to a special forces unit, who uses his power to put the screws to the animals he patrols by any means necessary , instructing his rookie partner Speedman , until things come to a bloody head in the shadow of the Rodney King trial. Rhames as the deputy chief of police determined to bring Perry down provides the missing social backbone to this insightfully gritty look at bad cops gone wild. Filmmaker Ron Shelton affectively uses the historic time setting perfectly in capturing the tempest in a teacup that acts as a perfect metaphor for the screenplay written by David Ayer based on James Ellroy's story.

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