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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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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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11 April 2008 (USA)  »

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King's X  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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$26,415,649 (USA) (11 July 2008)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Early in the film, Captain Wander (Forest Whitaker) instructs two of his officers to return to the station house, which he refers to as "the barn", a possible reference to The Shield (2002), in which Whitaker had a starring role prior to this film. See more »

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Must be CGI, but the sun rises, in the beginning, and sets, near the conclusion, behind the same hills. See more »

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[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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Referenced in The Task: Pilot (2017) See more »

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This Is Los Angeles
Written by Ice Cube, WC (as William Calhoun) and Jelly Roll (as David Drew)
Performed by WC (as W.C.)
Courtesy of Lench Mob Records
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Okay thriller had too many cooks and was too long in the oven to as good as it should have been
14 May 2008 | by (Glen Cove, New York) – See all my reviews

James Ellroy penned tale of a cop, played by Keanu Reeves, who is a loose cannon sent on the trail of the killer of his murdered partner. Protected by his captain because he can get things done and hounded by Internal Affairs, Reeves soon finds he is descending into a world that he really should not be part of. Reeves is okay, if a bit wooden as our antihero. Part of the problem is that he isn't given a great deal to do beyond allowing events to play out around him. To be certain he is a participant in events but there is a coldness to him that doesn't give a great many clues as to what is happening inside him. One would suspect he took the role because it offered him a chance to say some pithy lines, and behave in a more or less serious manner. The rest of the cast is quite good and one suspects that Forest Whitaker (as his boss) and Hugh Laurie (The Internal Affairs guy) took the roles because they got to play a bit against type. Good instead of great the films script, a long time in the oven, shows signs of being worked and reworked so much that the script becomes confused because too many hands lost track of what was going on. Rest assured that the central thrust and much of the dialog seems to be the work of Ellroy, the ending is most assuredly his in plot if not writing, but all of the details the additional writers have added have blurred what ever had attracted a long line of directors and stars to the project. Worth a look on DVD or cable where you're more likely to forgive the flaws.


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