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Broken City (2013)

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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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Secretary - Hostetler
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 $50,000 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

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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  »

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Box Office


$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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At one point, during a campaign meeting, Jack Valliant (Barry Pepper) tells his team they need that "Senator, you are no Jack Kennedy" moment. Two years prior to Broken City, Pepper starred as Robert Kennedy, JFK's brother, in the TV miniseries The Kennedys (2011). See more »


When Billy is shot at as he is leaving the real estate developers office the bullet shatters the back windshield and leaves a clear exit hole in the front on the passenger side. During the brief chase sequence directly afterward the the hole in the front is missing See more »


[first lines]
Prosecutor: Your Honor, it's murder. Even when the police do it.
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Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.73 (2013) See more »


Requiem in D minor, K.626: Intorit: Requiem aeternam
Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performed by Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus
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Entertaining thriller
25 January 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Mayor(Russell Crowe) of New York, who pretty much has everything in his back pocket, hires a private detective(Mark Wahlberg) who was once a cop, but was fired because of a scandalous shooting incident. He hires him to follow his wife(Catherine Zeta Jones) in suspecting that she is cheating on him, but what is gonna be discovered, is more than meets the eye.

This movie kind of drags in the first part, but surprisingly picks up in the second part. Crowe and Wahlberg do give descent performances, so does Catherine Zeta Jones and Barry Pepper. It an alright thriller, nothing beyond greatness, but still entertaining, although in spots it could have better, but still deserves an 8/10.

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