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Dark Blue (2002)

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A robbery homicide investigation triggers a series of events that will cause a corrupt LAPD officer to question his tactics.

Director:

Ron Shelton

Writers:

James Ellroy (story), David Ayer (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kurt Russell ... Eldon Perry
Scott Speedman ... Bobby Keough
Michael Michele ... Beth Williamson
Brendan Gleeson ... Jack Van Meter
Ving Rhames ... Arthur Holland
Kurupt ... Darryl Orchard
Dash Mihok ... Gary Sidwell
Jonathan Banks ... James Barcomb
Lolita Davidovich ... Sally Perry
Khandi Alexander ... Janelle Holland
Dana Lee ... Henry Kim
Chapman Way ... Eldon Perry III (as Chapman Russell Way)
Marin Hinkle ... Deena Schultz
Jim Cody Williams ... Suspect
Eloy Casados ... Rico
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Storyline

Set in the Los Angeles Police Department in April 1992, Dark Blue is a dramatic thriller that takes place just days before the acquittal of four white officers in the beating of black motorist Rodney King and the subsequent L.A. riots. In this racially-charged climate,the LAPD's elite Special Investigations Squad (SIS) is assigned a high-profile quadruple homicide. As they work the case, veteran detective Eldon Perry, known for his tough street tactics and fiery temper, tutors SIS rookie Bobby Keough in the grim realities of police intimidation and corruption. Meanwhile, Assistant Chief Holland, the only man in the department willing to stand up to the SIS, threatens to end Perry's brand of singlehanded "justice" on the Los Angeles streets. While navigating through the tumultuous neighborhoods of South Central L.A., Perry and Keough must track down cold-blooded killers and face their own demons, which prove to be more ruthless than the criminals they pursue. Written by Press kit

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Taglines:

Sworn to protect / Sworn to serve / Sworn to secrecy See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA | UK | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 February 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

4-29-92 See more »

Filming Locations:

La Verne, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,880,688, 23 February 2003

Gross USA:

$9,250,301

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$12,150,301
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS (5.1)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Towards the end of the film, when Officer Williams and Detective Keough are on their way to 12657 Juliet and hear the verdict of the Rodney King trial, Officer Williams is seen loading a shotgun. The shotgun is an Ithaca 37, also known as the "L.A.P.D. Special", a firearm specifically made of the Los Angeles Police Department. See more »

Goofs

Maniac's visor falls off his head before Bobby puts him in the car, in the next shot, the visor is back on his head. See more »

Quotes

Darryl Orchard: Who be it?
Jack Van Meter: Me be it, fuckhead.
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Connections

References Romeo + Juliet (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

F... tha Police
Written by Ice Cube (as O'Shea Jackson), M.C. Ren (as Lorenzo Patterson) and Dr. Dre (as Andre Young)
Performed by NWA (as N.W.A.)
Courtesy of Ruthless Records/Priority Records
Under license from EMI-Capitol Music Special Markets
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Kurt Russell's career high; in ways better than "Training Day"
24 February 2003 | by george.schmidtSee all my reviews

DARK BLUE (2003) ***1/2 Kurt Russell, Scott Speedman, Ving Rhames, Michael Michele, Lola Davidovich, Brendan Gleeson, Jonathan Banks. Russell gives the performance of his career as morally corrupt LA cop Eldin Perry, assigned to a special forces unit, who uses his power to put the screws to the animals he patrols by any means necessary , instructing his rookie partner Speedman , until things come to a bloody head in the shadow of the Rodney King trial. Rhames as the deputy chief of police determined to bring Perry down provides the missing social backbone to this insightfully gritty look at bad cops gone wild. Filmmaker Ron Shelton affectively uses the historic time setting perfectly in capturing the tempest in a teacup that acts as a perfect metaphor for the screenplay written by David Ayer based on James Ellroy's story.


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