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Two gangbangers-turned-cops try and cover up a scandal within the LAPD.

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Cast

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Roberto 'Lil Rob' Flores ...
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Rita
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Daddy
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Brax
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Baine
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Ronnie
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Wallace
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Storyline

In a Los Angeles dominated by violent gangs and a corrupt LAPD Precinct, the dirty Officer Armando Sancho is haunted by his guilty since an innocent old man was accidentally killed in an operation with his also dirty partner Salim Adel. The Internal Affairs is pressing Sancho, who feels split between the loyalty to his mates and his conscience, and he has to make a statement at 6:00 PM. When his superiors Captain Spain and his Lieutenant assign the two cops for an operation dealing drugs apprehended by the police and stored as evidence with a powerful drug dealer, Sancho feels that something is wrong and they have been framed. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, pervasive language, some sexual content and drug use | See all certifications »

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2005 (Portugal)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$41,638 (USA) (27 January 2006)

Gross:

$162,191 (USA) (27 January 2006)
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Trivia

For fear of lawsuits, the studio discouraged the filmmakers from shooting at many Los Angeles landmarks, or at least making them recognizable. See more »

Quotes

Captain Spain: A man said, "Someday a real rain is gonna come and wash all the scum off the streets." But it don't rain in the desert.
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Features Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Como Las Noticias
Written by Jose Jimenez Jr., Richard Contreras and George Contreras
Performed by Loyalty & Honor
Courtesy of Dragon Mob Records
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Rare thoughtful action movie
17 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie at the AFI Festival in Hollywood, and it struck me as an incredibly sophisticated work of film-making. Chris Fisher took what could be a tired genre -- the corrupt cop story -- and by focusing on the psychology of the characters, breathed new life into it. Cuba Gooding, Jr.'s portrayal of a cop who has lost his moorings is mesmerizing, funny, heartbreaking, very engaging. But it is Clifton Collins, Jr. who represents the moral center of this movie. An incredible performance, the best I've seen in years. A gang-banger stricken with an attack of conscience. Fisher sets up a brutal world and then finds a glint of light in it. I mean, it's easy to behave morally in a sheltered, safe, middle-class environment. But these cops -- the movie is based on the L.A. Rampart scandal -- must confront a violent, deadly, compromised landscape at every turn. What I most liked about Dirty is that it was an action movie that didn't require you to leave your brains at the door.


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