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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Scribble (as Cedric 'The Entertainer' Kyles)
Detective Terrence Washington
Grill (as The Game)
Cle Sloan ...
Quicks (as Noel G.)


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Their City. Their Rules. No Prisoners.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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


$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Detective Tom Ludlow (Keane Reeves) wakes up at the beginning to the same alarm sound as in the film Matrix where he played the character Thomas Anderson aka NEO. See more »


The position of the sun changes in the last scene. See more »


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


Bloody War
Written by David Banner (as L. D.B. Crump) and B.G. (as Christopher Dorsey)
Performed by David Banner
Courtesy of SRC Records/Universal Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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User Reviews

Back To The Roots
11 April 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Over the past few years, the Action genre has continued to leave film goers mad. We have returned to what made this genre so appealing in the first place. We have returned to the time of classic cop thrillers such as Serpico and Chinatown. A modern day classic...Street Kings.

Do not miss this gritty story of a rogue cop who is pushed past his limits by corruption, greed and violence. Keanu Reeves plays the role perfectly in his stunning performance as Tom Ludlow. Forest Whitaker gives an awesome supporting performance as Wander.

Although there are a few rap artists in this film, they each play street thugs, which is not a far stretch.

The best film I have seen in theaters for a LONG time, yet I feel it will be overlooked by most.

Street Kings is an instant classic!!!! -Mike

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