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City of Industry (1997)

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A retired thief swears revenge on the lunatic who murdered his brother and partner, while going on the run with the loot they stole.


John Irvin


Ken Solarz
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Harvey Keitel ... Roy Egan
Stephen Dorff ... Skip Kovich
Timothy Hutton ... Lee Egan
Famke Janssen ... Rachel Montana
Wade Dominguez ... Jorge Montana
Michael Jai White ... Odell Williams
Lucy Liu ... Cathi Rose (as Lucy Alexis Liu)
Reno Wilson ... Keshaun Brown
Dana Barron ... Gena
Tamara Clatterbuck ... Sunny
Brian Brophy Brian Brophy ... Backus
François Chau ... Uncle Luke
Flex Alexander ... A Roc (as Flex)
Brian Shen Brian Shen ... Pai-Gow Dealer
Ai Wan ... Gwen


Lee Egan lures his older brother Roy out of "retirement" with a sweet jewel heist, only to get killed by a backstabbing partner; then it's up to Roy to get revenge. Written by Thomas Pluck <stripey@winternet.com>

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Wanting a man dead can be reason enough to live. See more »


Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language, violence and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

14 March 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

City of Crime See more »


Box Office


$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,374,839, 21 March 1997

Gross USA:

$1,495,332, 30 March 1997
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Largo Entertainment See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:




Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Michael Mann was originally attached as an Executive Producer. See more »


Roy stays at a motel with a commercial propane (LPG) storage tank right next to his unit. This is a flagrant OSHA violation of section 1910.110, which says that large quantities must be stored at least 25 feet away from any building. See more »


Keshaun Brown: Where you been?
Skip Kovich: Getting laid by your old lady.
Keshaun Brown: Just drive, motherfucker.
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Alternate Versions

UK cinema and video versions were cut by 6 secs by the BBFC to remove a possibly imitable technique showing a burgled car being started by using a penknife in the ignition. See more »


Performed by Tricky
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Too familiar
12 February 2004 | by rbverhoefSee all my reviews

'City of Industry' has a nice first half hour and a fine Harvey Keitel to keep the other minutes entertaining. Keitel is Roy Egan who seeks revenge. After a score he is betrayed by Skip (Stephen Dorff), who killed Roy's brother Lee (Timothy Hutton) and a fourth person who helped with the score named Jorge (Wade Dmoniguez).

The first half hour I was talking about shows us some preparations for the score, the score itself and the betrayal. Although it is not much we haven't seen before it is pretty good and entertaining. After this I liked Keitel. I liked his outbursts, his emotions on screen, the way he handles certain things (and people), and I liked his moments with Jorge's wife Rachel (Famke Janssen).

I liked these things but the story is as predictable as it can get. Dorff is a nice villain, but he is as predictable as the plot and that doesn't make him very interesting. His violent side is effective, and sometimes funny as well, but it doesn't add anything to the character.

In the end I wasn't really bored with this movie. I had a pretty good time although a lot of things didn't make much sense. In one scene it is day, in the next it is night, but the events we see seem to happen only moments later. It made me wonder, even smile a little. My guess is this was not the intention of the movie.

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