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Splinter (2006)

A gang member, suffering from severe memory loss, searches for his brother's murderer. He secretly enlists the aid of the investigating Detective, while other members of his gang are mysteriously and sadistically murdered.

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Detective Cunningham
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Captain Garcia
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Mom
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Dreamer
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Detective Gramm (as Resminé Atis)
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Dusty (as Noel G.)
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Detective Stiles (as Diamond Dallas Page)
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Vanessa
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Jesse (Veterano)
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Private Martinez
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Trigger
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Louie Garcia
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Lil Nights
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Speedy
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On the mean streets of LA, two gangsters - - Dreamer (Almeida) and Dusty (Noel G.) - - unite over the mysterious murder of their brother. Dreamer, with the bullet that killed his brother still lodged in his skull, is desperately seeking revenge when he crosses paths with Detective Gramm (Atis), a confident rookie cop partnered with corrupt veteran Cunningham (Sizemore). Amidst a rising body count and the threat of an all-out gang war, the four characters lock themselves in a brutal end-game as they discover who among them is creating the brutal chaos. Written by Olmos, Michael D.

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Everyone Dies Dirty

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Crime | Thriller

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Rated R for strong violence, language and some drug use | See all certifications »
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22 July 2006 (USA)  »

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Gangues de L.A.  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$10,497, 19 August 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$12,918, 9 November 2008
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This film is produced by a variety of Los Angeles-based community artists, including a team of scholars from comic book production companies Chamber Six and Dark Horse. It is being best compared to the surprising, award-winning graphic-novelization-turned-movie A History of Violence (2005) for its bold sincerity in this industry. See more »

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Referenced in (500) Days of Summer (2009) See more »

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A cool trip through the ghetto. Leave your spinal taps at home.
22 November 2006 | by See all my reviews

Lost among millions of Hollywood flicks and translations of life in the barrio, urban thriller fiction and urban friction have never been translated and amalgamated into a digestible and acceptable product until the conception of Splinter. In the footsteps of its successful filmic predecessors "Ghost World," "History of Violence," or possibly "The Walking Dead," one might consider this to be another wonderful comic book/graphic novel come to life. However, not quite manufactured into an actual tangible book like its famed literal leaders, Dark Horse Films (Sin City, HellBoy) along with director Michael Olmos give life to an inner-city story that follows the conventions of traditional story telling in movies, but flesh out the skeletal in such a purposeful and personal way as to entrap us in the confusion that binds all of its characters. Entwined in a lysergic and cathartic weave, everyone, actors and audience members alike, will find themselves trying to escape from the volatile streets of Paradise Gardens and Greenville Heights acid-mimetic tirade. Supported by such talents as Sizemore, Olmos, Almeida, Gugliemi, Atis, Rivera, and Cypress Hill, you'll want to bring the homies Dusty, Trigger, and Happy along for the "trip." You betta axe somebody!...


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