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Broken City (2013)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Thriller  |  18 January 2013 (USA)
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In a city rife with injustice, ex-cop Billy Taggart seeks redemption and revenge after being double-crossed and then framed by its most powerful figure: Mayor Nicholas Hostetler.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Secretary - Hostetler (as Odessa Sykes)
Luis Tolentino ...


In New York City, detective Billy Taggart goes to court for the murder of the rapist Mikey Tavarez, but the Mayor Nicholas Hostetler and the Chief of Police Carl Fairbanks vanish with important evidence and Billy is declared not guilty by the judge; however, he leaves the police department. Seven years later, Billy is a private detective and lives with his girlfriend Natalie Barrow, who is an aspiring actress and the sister of Mikey's victim. His secretary Katy Bradshaw (Alona Tal) is trying to collect part of the debts to save their business. In the week of the elections, Hostetler summons Billy and offers $25,000 to investigate his wife, Cathleen Hostetler, whom he believes is having a love affair. Billy discovers that Cathleen is meeting Paul Andrews, who is the coordinator of the campaign of Jack Valliant, the opponent of Hostetler and favorite in the election. When Paul is found dead on the street, Billy finds that he had been double-crossed by Hostetler and he decides to ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Proof Can Be a Powerful Weapon.


Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

18 January 2013 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ciudad de sombras  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$8,268,908 (USA) (18 January 2013)


$19,692,608 (USA) (29 March 2013)

Company Credits

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Billy is getting into Katy's car he asks her, "Where did you get these seat covers, the Gaza Strip?". Katy is played by Alona Tal who was born in Israel and served in the Israeli Defense Forces. See more »


When Billy and the mayor are in the mayor's office where he first hires Billy to investigate his wife, the decanter and the glasses on the table and the blanket on one of the couches all change position repeatedly between shots. See more »


[first lines]
Prosecutor: Your Honor, it's murder. Even when the police do it.
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Featured in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.74 (2013) See more »


Written by Frank Gaye, Marvin Gaye, Nona Gaye and Erick Sermon
Performed by Erick Sermon featuring Marvin Gaye
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One Convoluted Mess
20 January 2013 | by (San Diego, California) – See all my reviews

This is a movie that is much less than the sum of its parts. Good cast, good director, both completely undermined by a Godawful script. I sat through the whole thing hoping it would get better, even though it revealed its awfulness within the first ten or fifteen minutes, but no such luck ... it just descended into further levels of horrible until it finally fizzled out with a whimper.

The plot is a mishmash of elements from other, superior movies -- cop with a vigilante bent, corrupt mayor, blackmail, plucky Girl Friday, double-crosses, incriminating documents being shredded, blah blah blah

  • - with extra subplots (girlfriend seduced by showbiz, father-son

conflict, gay marriage) thrown in for good measure, except they don't advance the story or humanize the characters one bit. The script is full of expository dialog (most irritating rookie-screenwriter habit ever), improbable twists, clunky edits and plot holes you could park a semi truck in.

This one might be worth seeing on DVD, especially if you can make up a good drinking game to go along with it -- take a shot for every plot hole, perhaps? Or every slip of Russell Crowe's questionably-Queensy accent?

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