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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 »


At Last
Written by Harry Warren and Mack Gordon
Performed by Kimber
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The kick is up and it's wide left! No points!
17 January 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Every character in this Ho Hummer is evil, a liar, or full of important information. I never get the vibe of believing any of these characters are real like I did in the movie The Departed.

I can tell you the storyline but then again, do I really want to waste my time? Watch one of the hundreds of cop/detective shows on TV and you've seen this one before.

The script is simultaneously too complicated and clearly defined, and none of it is really that interesting or unique.

Wahlberg always seems sort of startled and one step behind and his acting seems like acting. Crowe is crude behind his lame attempt at a NY accent (Casting Directors can't find acting talent in New York City for these roles? Aussie go home!)Zeta-Jones, although being married to Michael Douglas, is again underused as a supporting actress.

Every actor/actress in this movie has made and will make better movies.

I give 5 stars for the money and effort to make this a good one. Sorry, just can't give 5 stars out for free! Again I say, Put your money in purchasing script, producer, director and casting director and as little as possible on overpaid and overrated actors!

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