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Dark Blue (2002)

A robbery homicide investigation triggers a series of events that will cause a corrupt LAPD officer to question his tactics.

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Gary Sidwell
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Sally Perry
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Janelle Holland
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Henry Kim
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Eldon Perry III
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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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Sworn to protect / Sworn to serve / Sworn to secrecy See more »


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

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21 February 2003 (USA)  »

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4-29-92  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,880,688, 23 February 2003, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$9,059,588, 16 March 2003
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Ron Shelton had originally written his directorial debut, Bull Durham (1988), for Kurt Russell over a decade earlier, but Orion wanted Kevin Costner for the role. See more »

Goofs

During the opening scene, the car's rear-view mirror suddenly disappears between shots. See more »

Quotes

Beth Williamson: I hope you burn in hell Eldon Perry. You evil motherfucker.
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Connections

Referenced in Jersey Girl (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

F... tha Police
Written by Ice Cube (as O'Shea Jackson), M.C. Ren (as Lorenzo Patterson) and Dr. Dre (as Andre Young)
Performed by NWA (as N.W.A.)
Courtesy of Ruthless Records/Priority Records
Under license from EMI-Capitol Music Special Markets
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Kurt Russell's career high; in ways better than "Training Day"

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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