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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.

Director:

John Irvin

Writer:

Ken Solarz
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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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A bad place to live, a worse place to die. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Official Sites:

Orion

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 March 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

City of Crime See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$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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Largo Entertainment See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

35mm prints are five reels. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Cathi Rose: The Skip I know doesn't have friends, just people he fucks over. What did he do to you? Why don't you go to the police?
Roy Egan: I'm my own police.
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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 »

Connections

References This Gun for Hire (1942) See more »

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CIELITO LINDO
Written by Quirino Mendoza
Performed by Mexican Mariachi's
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A Great Guy's Flick
6 September 2002 | by bubbazanettiSee all my reviews

In my book, this is one of the overlooked action classics of the 1990's. With solid production values and a top notch cast, and set against a sunny and seedy Los Angeles backdrop, this fast-paced story of desperate criminals driven by greed and revenge is the perfect vehicle for "Guy's Movie Night."

Harvey Keitel is at his best as Roy Egan, the hardened career criminal bent on avenging a double-cross by former partner-in-crime, Skip Kovich (played by Stephen Dorff, in his best performance ever). Also along for the ride are Timothy Hutton, the late Wade Dominguez ("Dangerous Minds"), and a very sexy Famke Janssen. As if this weren't enough, this movie is notable for providing the only film nude scenes of Lucy Liu (a brief role as Dorff's stripper ex-girlfriend), and Dana Barron (Audry Griswold in the original "Vacation").

Despite its occasional plot holes, this film gets better with repeated viewings. And for fans of what my Manly Man Movie Night associates have deemed "Keiteling" (the mandatory Harvey Keitel emotional and physical meltdown, e.g. the church scene in "Bad Lieutenant") it doesn't get any better than this. However, the film is quite violent, and I have not met many women who like it. Still, "City of Industry" belongs in the collection of any fan of revenge-based action thrillers.


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