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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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1992, L.A is at boiling point. One cop's turning up the heat. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$9,059,588, 16 March 2003
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

James Ellroy declared that he had nothing to do with this film. David Ayer entirely re-wrote his script and only conserved the names of some characters. See more »

Goofs

Its mentioned that Ving Rhames' character Chief Holland has taken a civil service test for the chief of police for Cleveland police dept. The Chief of police is not covered under civil service law, so Holland would have not taken a test he would have simply just interviewed for the position. See more »

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Jack Van Meter: Your whore's dead.
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Stormy Monday
Written by T-Bone Walker (as Aaron T. Walker)
Performed by T-Bone Walker
Courtesy of Gregmark Music
Under License from Janus Records, Inc.
By Arrangement with Celebrity Licensing, Inc.
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Well done good cop/bad cop movie...
21 August 2003 | by dwpollarSee all my reviews

1st watched 8/21/2003 - 7 out of 10(Dir-Ron Shelton): Well done good cop/bad cop movie that works because the good & the bad are basically caught in the same trap and some of the characters change from one to the other during the film. Kurt Russell's character is one of them that changes. He is bad with a capital `B' in the beginning. He's foul-mouthed, racist and doesn't care much for justice but wants to cover the good guys' behind whenever possible. He is totally believable as this redneck character. His partner is being taught to lie in what they call a `shooting trial' where they question the cop on a convict-shooting to make sure it was the `only' option. The setting for the film is a few days before the `non-guilty' Rodney King verdict in L.A., but this is only a backdrop to the movie's story. There is typical corruption in the police ranks but in this one, the star is involved in the corruption. Without giving away too much of the story, basically the cops are involved in another shooting and the partner decides to tell the truth which leads to other events that bring about the much-hoped-for ending. It's neat the way the filmmaker uses the Rodney King fiasco to blend in with the action of the story which kind of adds a separate element that everyone is quietly following as they do their jobs. The acting, the direction and the story blend together for a very satisfying and watchable movie despite the typical bad cop/good cop genre that the story is based on. Hooray for all involved on this one!!


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