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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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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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lapd | police | investigation | robbery | riot | See more »

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Sworn to protect / Sworn to serve / Sworn to secrecy 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)

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

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$445,606 (France) (22 August 2003)
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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 the opening scene, the car's rear-view mirror suddenly disappears between shots. See more »

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Det. Sgt. Eldon Perry Jr.: [after Gary Sidwell gets crushed by a rock] Fuck You, Sidwell.
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Compelling film
29 June 2003 | by (New Jersey) – See all my reviews

"Dark Blue" is a compelling depiction of corruption among the LAPD. The main reason to check it out is Kurt Russell, who gives a remarkable performance. This oughtta show all those critics and audiences who regard him as a bad actor, who plays one-dimensional characters. He adds much dimension to the character of Eldon Perry, a hugely conflicted man. Brendan Gleeson is one of my favorite actors, outside the U.S., so it was a delight to see his portrayal of Jack Van Meter. Lolita Davidovich, who plays Russell's wife, gives a complex performance herself despite the fact that she's only in a few scenes. Michael Michele shows that she's much more than a pretty face (though she's definitely that as well) in a strong performance. On the other hand, newcomer Scott Speedman is mediocre as Russell's naive partner. I usually like Ving Rhames, and though he maintains a powerful screen presence, his performance in this film is one-note as he recites every line of dialogue in a monotone, hardly showing a glimmer of emotion.

My score: 7 (out of 10)


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