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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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Bobby Keough
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Beth Williamson
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Arthur Holland
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Darryl Orchard
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Gary Sidwell
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James Barcomb
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Janelle Holland
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Henry Kim
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Eldon Perry III
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Deena Schultz
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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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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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References Romeo + Juliet (1996) See more »

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The D.O.C. and the Doctor
Written by George Clinton (as George Clinton, Jr.) and The D.O.C. (as Tracy Curry)
Performed by The D.O.C.
Courtesy of Ruthless Records/Elektra Entertainment Group
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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A poignant viewpoint on modern American police
27 March 2003 | by (San Antonio, TX, USA) – See all my reviews

I was quite impressed with "Dark Blue." I was expecting it to be just another cop movie, but I was pleasantly surprised that it dealt with the issues of corruption and "dirty tactics" that some of this nation's police departments employ. In a way, this movie very much reminded me of the TV series "The Shield", in which questionable tactics are employed in order to bring the bad guys down. Kurt Russell was superb in this film, as was Ving Rhames and nearly all of the supporting actors. I highly recommend this film to anyone who enjoys police dramas. "Dark Blue" expresses shades of "L.A. Confidential" though it is set in a completely different period. A very good movie.


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