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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 »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$9,059,588 (USA) (14 March 2003)

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2.35 : 1
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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 »


Maniac's visor falls off his head before Bobby puts him in the car, in the next shot, the visor is back on his head. See more »


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 Training Day (2001) See more »


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A superb thriller made with commitment.
3 May 2005 | by (Portsmouth, England) – See all my reviews

There's not really much to be said about this film: its internal integrity and the obvious commitment of everyone involved speak for themselves. When I think of Kurt Russell I always think of Soldier and Arnie he ain't but, DAMN, he can act when he's given a good script.

The DVD is well worth getting hold of. The documentaries are professional, detail packed and interesting. I like the comment by Cotty Chubb, the producer, who says that the four elements needed for a civil society are jobs, schools, hospitals and police. In many parts of urban America (he says) there are no jobs, the schools are s*i*, they've closed all the hospitals and the police are corrupt. For a foreigner, who has never been able to make sense of the perverse verdict in the trials of those infamous officers, this film shed some light on a very fragile society.

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