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Tough Los Angeles cop Vincent Hanna takes on a gang of professional bank robbers led by the precise, enigmatic Patrick McLaren.

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Michael Mann

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Michael Mann
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Scott Plank ... Sgt. Vincent Hanna
Alex McArthur ... Patrick McLaren
Michael Rooker ... Bosko
Ely Pouget ... Lillian Hanna
Vincent Guastaferro ... Michael Cerrito
Richard Chaves ... Det. Lou Casals
Victor Rivers ... Detective Arriaga
Laura Harrington ... Eady
Daniel Baldwin ... Det. Bobby Schwartz
Clarence Gilyard Jr. ... Mustafa Jackson
R.D. Call ... Harry Dieter
Peter Dobson ... Chris Sheherlis
John Santucci John Santucci ... Joe Cusomano
Xander Berkeley ... Waingro
Juan Fernández ... Harvey Torena (as Juan Fernandez)
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Tough Los Angeles cop Vincent Hanna takes on a gang of professional bank robbers led by the precise, enigmatic Patrick McLaren.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 August 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Crimewave See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The original 180 page screenplay predates both L.A. Takedown (1989) and Heat (1995), it was written in the late 70s and then revised after Michael Mann had finished Thief (1981). When making the TV movie version, Mann had to severely abridge the original script and abstracted around 110 pages from the 180 page script, making the TV movie not fully developed compared to the later cinematic version. See more »

Goofs

The exterior after bar scene when Hanna is following Lillian on the sidewalk, the boom Mic shadow is frequently seen chasing above/behind the quarreling actors. See more »

Quotes

Detective Arriaga: [into phone/greeting] Raymond "Degenerate". Goodmorning.
Detective Arriaga: [louder] Raymond, wakeup!
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L.A. WOMAN
Performed by Billy Idol
Written by The Doors
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An intelligent and gutsy movie
8 July 2001 | by Dave GodinSee all my reviews

L. A. TAKEDOWN is an extremely watchable film, and has a script that is permeated by a kind of grim intelligence. The characters, far from being plastic stereotypes, actually engage on a psychological level. Michael Mann directs with considerable skill, and most tellingly, knows how to use music to maximum effect. In this respect, his ability at times almost reaches the genius level of the Italian director Gillo Pontecorvo. But main honours in this film must go to Alex McArthur who gives an amazing performance of such skill and power that he actually conveys the very thoughts and feelings of his character through body language or facial expression. The scene where the two protagonists (the hoodlum and the cop) have coffee together is almost faultless in conveying the powerful emotions and tensions that are at work between them, as well as the mind-set which motivates each of the characters, and, for once, the various love scenes are convincing and important to the development of the narrative. Interestingly too, (although it perhaps happened by default since it was a film made for television), the actual violence that is a necessary part of the story is rendered perhaps even more powerfully by NOT being shown, or by happening off-camera. But to my mind, the film belongs to Alex McArthur who turns in one of the best acting performances I have seen in a very long time, which is able to make you both loathe and feel pity for his character at one and the same time. No mean feat!


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