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To Live and Die in L.A. ()


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A fearless Secret Service agent will stop at nothing to bring down the counterfeiter who killed his partner.

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Richard Chance (as William L. Petersen)
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Eric Masters
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John Vukovich
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Bianca Torres
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Carl Cody
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Ruth Lanier (as Darlanne Fleugel)
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Bob Grimes
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Jeff Rice
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Thomas Bateman (as Robert Downey)
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Jim Hart
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Max Waxman
Jack Hoar ...
Jack
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Judge Filo Cedillo (as Val DeVargas)
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Doctor
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Thomas Ling
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Claudia Leith (as Jackely Giroux)
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Terrorist
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FBI Agent
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FBI Agent (as Dar Allen Robinson)
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Nurse
Katherine M. Louie ...
Ticket Agent
Edward Harrell ...
Airport Guard
Gilbert Espinoza ...
Ultro's Bartender
John Petievich ...
Agent
Zarko Petievich ...
Agent
Rick Dalton ...
Agent
Richard L. Lane ...
Agent
Jack Cota ...
Agent
Shirley J. White ...
Airline Passenger
Gerald H. Brownlee ...
Visiting Room Guard
David M. DuFriend ...
Tower Guard
Rubén García ...
Inmate Ruben
Joe Duran ...
Prison Guard
Bufort McClerkins ...
Prison Assailant (as Buford McClerkins)
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Prison Assailant
Donnie Williams ...
Rice's Friend
Earnest Hart Jr. ...
Rice's Friend
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Credit Card Counterfeiter
Gerald Petievich ...
Special Agent (as Gerry Petievich)
Mark Gash ...
Mark Gash
Pat McGroarty ...
Criminal
Brian Bradley ...
Tourist
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Serena / Dancer (as Jane Leaves)
Cherise Bates ...
Dancer (as Cherise Bate)
Michael Higgins ...
Dancer (as Michael W. Higgins)
Chris Latanzi ...
Dancer (as Chris Lattanzi)
Shaun Earl ...
Dancer
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Bit part (uncredited)
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Man Chased by Richard Chance (uncredited)
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Basketball Player (uncredited)
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Man Chased by Richar (uncredited)
Joey Sotello ...
Secret Service Agent (uncredited)
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Extra (uncredited)

Directed by

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William Friedkin

Written by

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Gerald Petievich ... (novel)
 
William Friedkin ... (screenplay) &
Gerald Petievich ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Irving H. Levin ... producer
Samuel Schulman ... executive producer
Bud S. Smith ... co-producer (as Bud Smith)

Music by

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Wang Chung

Cinematography by

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Robby Müller ... director of photography (as Robby Muller)

Film Editing by

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M. Scott Smith ... (as Scott Smith)

Editorial Department

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Sonny Baskin ... assistant film editor
Donah Bassett ... negative cutter
Aubrey Head ... color timer
Jere Huggins ... additional editor
Joe Mosca ... assistant film editor (as Joseph Mosca)
Richard Ritchie ... color timer (as Dick Ritchie)
Bud S. Smith ... supervising film editor (as Bud Smith)
Jill Smith ... assistant film editor

Casting By

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Robert Weiner ... (as Bob Weiner)

Production Design by

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Lilly Kilvert

Art Direction by

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Buddy Cone

Set Decoration by

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Cricket Rowland

Costume Design by

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Linda M. Bass ... (as Linda Bass)

Makeup Department

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Jeff Dawn ... head makeup artist (as Jefferson Dawn)
Michael Mills ... prosthetic makeup
Peter Tothpal ... hair stylist

Production Management

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John J. Smith ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Charles Myers ... first assistant director
Bob Roe ... second assistant director
Bud S. Smith ... second unit director (as Bud Smith)

Art Department

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Scott M. Anderson ... props
Raymond Camaioni ... carpenter
Dins Danielsen ... assistant art director (as Dins Danielson)
Rainer Fetting ... painter: Masters' paintings
Amanda J. Flick ... painter (as Amanda Flick)
Dennis Hoerter ... carpenter
Richard K. Hummel ... assistant set decorator (as Richard Hummel)
Jon Hutman ... set dresser
Portia Iversen ... assistant set decorator (as Portia Iverson)
William C. Jones ... carpenter (as William Jones)
Gavin McCune ... carpenter
John Stadelman ... set dresser
Frank Viviano ... construction coordinator
David E. Harshbarger ... props (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Gary Alexander ... re-recording mixer
Jeff Bushelman ... sound effects editor
Mike Dobie ... sound effects editor (as Michael Dobie)
Jean-Louis Ducarme ... sound recordist (as Jean-Louis DuCarme)
Louis L. Edemann ... sound effects editor
Jim Fitzpatrick ... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Robert Glass ... re-recording mixer
Gary A. Hecker ... foley: artist
J. Paul Huntsman ... dialogue editor
Chris Jenkins ... re-recording mixer (as Christopher Jenkins)
Rodger Pardee ... sound recordist
Sergio Reyes ... re-recording mixer
Craig Clark ... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Samuel C. Crutcher ... sound editor/design (uncredited)
Larry Kemp ... sound editor (uncredited)
Jerry Trent ... foley artist (uncredited)
Jay Wilkinson ... sound editor (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Phil Cory ... special effects (as Phil Corey)
Rocky Gehr ... special effects technician
Joe Montenegro ... special effects technician

Stunts

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Jeb Stuart Adams ... stunt player (as Jeb Adams)
Carl L. Anderson ... stunt player
Bobby Bass ... stunt player
Billy Bates ... stunt player
Kenny Bates ... stunt player (as Ken Bates)
Jophery C. Brown ... stunt player (as Jophery Brown)
Bobby Burns ... stunt player (as Bobby Andrew Burns)
William H. Burton Jr. ... stunt player (as Bill Burton)
David Carlton ... stunt player
John Casino ... stunt player
Phil Chong ... stunt player
Carl Ciarfalio ... stunt player
Ray Colbert ... stunt player
Clarke Coleman ... stunt player
Jim Connors ... stunt player
Wally Crowder ... stunt player
Tim Culbertson ... stunt player
Jay C. Currin ... stunt player
Jeffrey J. Dashnaw ... stunt player
Steve M. Davison ... stunt player
Tim A. Davison ... stunt player
Justin De Rosa ... stunt player (as Justin DeRosa)
Eddy Donno ... stunt player
Doc Duhame ... stunt player
David R. Ellis ... stunt player
Richard M. Ellis ... stunt player
Kenny Endoso ... stunt player
Tony Epper ... stunt player
Erik Felix ... stunt player
Glory Fioramonti ... stunt player (as Gloria Fioramanti)
Pat Green ... stunt player
James M. Halty ... stunt player
Orwin C. Harvey ... stunt player
Steve Holladay ... stunt player
Larry Holt ... stunt player (as Larry E. Holt)
Billy Hank Hooker ... stunt player (as Bill [Hank] Hooker)
Buddy Joe Hooker ... stunt coordinator: driving and chase sequences / stunt player
Hugh Hooker ... stunt player (as Hugh M. Hooker)
Richard Hooker ... stunt player
Tommy J. Huff ... stunt player (as Thomas J. Huff)
Gary Hymes ... stunt player
Loren Janes ... stunt player
Pat E. Johnson ... stunt coordinator: fight sequences
Matt Johnston ... stunt player (as Matt Johnson)
Donna Keegan ... stunt player (as Donna M. Keegan)
Henry Kingi ... stunt player
Billy D. Lucas ... stunt player
Tony Margulies ... stunt driver
Pat McGroarty ... stunt player
Gary McLarty ... stunt player
Pat J. McNamara ... stunt player
John Meier ... stunt player (as John C. Meier)
Charly Morgan ... stunt player (as Charly Marie Morgan)
Jimmy Nickerson ... stunt player
Manny Perry ... stunt player (as Manuel Perry)
Jon Conrad Pochron ... stunt player (as Jon Pochran)
Chad Randall ... stunt player
Cyndi Lee Rice ... stunt player (as Cynthia Lee Rice)
Jean Riddel ... stunt player
Vernon Rieta ... stunt player
Dar Robinson ... stunt player (as Dar Allen Robinson)
Danny Rogers ... stunt player
Pat Romano ... stunt player (as Patrick Romano)
Ronnie Rondell Jr. ... stunt player (as Ronald Rondell)
R.A. Rondell ... stunt player
Debby Lynn Ross ... stunt player
Michael Runyard ... stunt player (as Mike Runyard)
Ray Saniger ... stunt player
Dennis Scott ... stunt player (as Dennis R. Scott)
Keith Tellez ... stunt player
David Welch ... stunt player (as David H. Welch)
Scott Wilder ... stunt player
Dick Ziker ... stunt player
Tommy J. Huff ... truck stunts (uncredited)
Dan Koko ... stunt safety (uncredited)
George A. Sack Jr. ... stunts (uncredited)
Chris Sundlee ... stunt driver (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Jack English ... gaffer: second unit
Robert K. Feldmann ... key grip (as Robert Feldman)
Bob Field ... electrician (as Robert Field)
Kevin Galbraith ... electrician
Greg Gardiner ... chief lighting technician
Bill Guerre ... grip
Scott Guthrie ... best boy electric
Michael P. May ... second assistant camera: additional photography
Tim Moore ... grip (as Timothy Moore)
Jane O'Neal ... still photographer
Les Percy ... best boy grip (as Lesley Percy)
Robert D. Yeoman ... director of photography: second unit/additional photograph (as Robert Yeoman)
Henry Minski ... assistant camera (uncredited)
Randy Nolen ... steadicam operator (uncredited)
Vance Piper ... assistant camera (uncredited)
Jonathan Sharpe ... first assistant camera: second unit (uncredited)
Newton TerMeer ... gaffer: second unit (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Gregg Smith ... dance casting
Gary M. Zuckerbrod ... casting associate

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Susie DeSanto ... costume supervisor
Marina Spadafora ... wardrobe

Location Management

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Michael Healy ... location manager
Michael Helfand ... assistant location manager

Music Department

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Greg Fulginiti ... music engineer
Wang Chung ... music performer

Transportation Department

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Richard M. Brasic ... transportation captain (as Richard Brasic)
Jeff F. Renfro ... transportation coordinator (as Jeffrey Renfro)
Olivia Varnado ... transportation captain
Jack Carpenter ... driver: camera car (uncredited)
Ralph D. Carpenter ... driver: camera car (uncredited)
Hugh Kelly ... driver (uncredited)
Frank Khoury ... driver (uncredited)

Other crew

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Cherise Bates ... dancer (as Cherise Bate)
Barry Bedig ... consultant
Cynthia Chvatal ... assistant: William Friedkin (as Cindy Chvatal)
Kevin Deon ... production assistant
Shaun Earl ... dancer
Pablo Ferro ... consultant
Lesli Linka Glatter ... choreographer
Diana Gold ... post-production auditor
Michael Higgins ... dancer (as Michael W. Higgins)
Robert Jellen ... insurance provider: Albert G. Ruben & Company, Inc. (as Bob Jellen)
Adele Joseph ... assistant: William Friedkin
Chris Latanzi ... dancer (as Chris Lattanzi)
Jane Leeves ... dancer (as Jane Leaves)
Betsy Oliver Luhrsen ... production secretary
Dianne Mapp-Cheek ... production coordinator (as Dianne Lisa Cheek)
Gil Miller ... institutional coordinator: prison
Larry Rovetti ... lab consultant
Jackie Saunders ... script supervisor
Michelle Troxell ... assistant to producers (as Michele Troxell)
Woody Wilcoxan ... technical advisor: prison
Bill Bennett ... terra-flite operator (uncredited)
Terry Edinger ... post-production accountant (uncredited)
Michael Parkhurst ... marketing consultant (uncredited) / technical advisor (uncredited)
Gerald Petievich ... police technical advisor (uncredited)
Theresa Shepherd ... caterer (uncredited)
Mike Sudrow ... weapons specialist (uncredited)

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

Working largely in cases of counterfeiting, LA based Secret Service agent Richie Chance exhibits reckless behavior which according to his longtime and now former partner Jimmy Hart will probably land him in the morgue before he's ready to retire. That need for the thrill manifests itself in his personal life by his love of base jumping. Professionally, it is demonstrated by the fact that he is sextorting a parolee named Ruth Lanier, who feeds him information in return for him not sending her back to prison for some trumped up parole violation. With his new partner John Vukovich, Chance is more determined than ever, based on recent circumstances, to nab known longtime counterfeiter Ric Masters, who is more than willing to use violence against and kill anyone who crosses him. Masters is well aware that the Secret Service is after him. Masters' operation is somewhat outwardly in disarray, with Chance being able to nab his mule, Carl Cody, in the course of moving some of the fake money, and one of his associates, a lawyer named Max Waxman, probably stealing money from him. Partly with information from Ruth, Chance is trying to find and exploit the weaknesses in Masters' operation. To accomplish his goal, Chance takes more and more unethical and illegal measures, which may be problematic for Vukovich, who comes from a family of police officers who are sworn to uphold the law. Written by Huggo

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Taglines Detroit, Chicago, New York, Miami were like this! This is THE CITY OF ANGELS! This is L.A. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Police fédérale, Los Angeles (France)
  • Leben und sterben in L.A. (Germany)
  • Vivir y morir en Los Ángeles (Spain)
  • Viaţă şi moarte în L.A. (Romania)
  • O anthropos apo to Los Angeles (Greece)
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Runtime
  • 116 min
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Box Office

Budget $6,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $3,551,761, 01 Nov 1985

Did You Know?

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Trivia Despite the crew's best efforts, some of the counterfeit bills made for the film did make it into circulation. The bills' quality was very, very good, but the Treasury seal on the funny money used the letter X, which is not a valid Federal Reserve Bank letter. The Secret Service picked up many of the X bills for quite a while after filming wrapped. See more »
Goofs In the final scene between Masters and Vukovich in the warehouse, after all the rounds have been fired, Vukovich keeps pulling the trigger. You also hear the sound of the pistol's hammer striking, but the cylinder of the revolver is not rotating. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Counterfeit World: Making 'To Live and Die in L.A.' (2003). See more »
Soundtracks Cold Day in Hell See more »
Crazy Credits Right at the end, after the credits, there is a shot of William Petersen's face See more »
Quotes Eric 'Rick' Masters: You have my word you won't have to do the whole nickel.
Carl Cody: What does that mean?
Eric 'Rick' Masters: Grimes is the best lawyer in the state. It'll either be an appeal bond or a sentence reduction.
Carl Cody: And the check is in the mail, and I love you, and I promise not to come in your mouth...
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