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Street Kings (2008)

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An undercover cop, disillusioned by the recent murder of his wife, is implicated in the murder of an officer and must struggle to clear himself.

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Scribble (as Cedric 'The Entertainer' Kyles)
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Detective Terrence Washington
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Grill (as The Game)
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Quicks (as Noel G.)

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Storyline

LAPD detective Tom Ludlow is a ruthlessly efficient, unorthodox undercover cop. Captain Jack Wander always covers for Tom, as do even his somewhat jealous colleagues. After technically excessive violence against a vicious Korean gang during the liberation of a kidnapped kid sex slave, Tom becomes the target of IA's hotshot, captain James Biggs, who feels passed over after Wander's promotion to chief. Tom's corrupt, disloyal ex-patrol partner Terrence Washington sides with IA but is killed during a shop robbery in Tom's presence. Written by KGF Vissers

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Their City. Their Rules. No Prisoners.


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Rated R for strong violence and pervasive language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

11 April 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

King's X  »

Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$12,469,631 (USA) (11 April 2008)

Gross:

$26,415,649 (USA) (11 July 2008)
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Trivia

James Ellroy wrote the screenplay in the mid-1990s, inspired by the O.J. Simpson trial. Over the years, Spike Lee, David Fincher, and Oliver Stone were attached to direct the film, at various stages of pre-production. John Ridley contributed to an early version of the screenplay. Belgian Director Erik Van Looy was set to direct this film, according to various interviews, but these plans were scrapped in pre-production, upon which Van Looy went on to direct Loft (2008) in Belgium. See more »

Goofs

When Ludlow and Wander fight in the end the handcuff that is placed on the railing changes positions after the initial "lock up." The handcuff moves one section down the railing and is closed tighter. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Boss Kim: Yo dawg.
Tom Ludlow: Konnichiwa.
Boss Kim: What?
Tom Ludlow: Konnichiwa. Konnichiwa. It means what's up. So what the fuck's up?
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Connections

References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

Aguanile
Written by Hector Lavoe (as Héctor Lavoe) and Willie Colón
Performed by Marc Anthony
Courtesy of Sony BMG Music Entertainment (US Latin) LLC
By Arrangement with Sony BMG Music Entertainment
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Totally recommended, even for non cop movie fans
13 April 2008 | by See all my reviews

I wasn't expecting to like this movie; the cop genre is not my favorite after all, but I did. I really did. It does feel like a B movie or sort of film noir, perhaps because it only cost 20 million to make. But the cast was top notch. As much as I love Keanu Reeves, I always go into any movie of his cringing, "Will he do well? Will he survive this?" And Reeves delivers with aplomb. This is easily his most nuanced role to date - he truly wears the weight of a cop who has seen and done too much on his face. The action scenes were kick ass and I loved to see Amaury Nolasco play against his Prison Break type. All the actors were great, though I thought Forest Whitaker was a little OTT.


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