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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.

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Ron Shelton

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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

Gross USA:

$9,059,588
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Dolby Digital | DTS (5.1)

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

During one of the riot scenes, a rioter can be seen pushing a shopping cart with Super Soaker brand water guns in it. This particular model of Super Soaker did not exist in 1992. See more »

Quotes

Det. Sgt. Eldon Perry Jr.: That's Eldon Perry the third. Right there next to his mom.
Det. Sgt. Eldon Perry Jr.: He will never be a cop - he hates cops. I love him and I... I thank God that I was just too busy pass on to him what my granddaddy passed on to my daddy and my daddy passed on to me - And I was raised up to be a gunfighter by a family of gunfighters.
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Referenced in The Task: Pilot (2016) See more »

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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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A very good thriller
8 February 2004 | by m0rg16See all my reviews

Kurt Russel and Scott Speedman star in this this thriller about an elderly cop, named Eldon (Russel) who is corrupt, yet thinks what he does is for the greater good. His younger partner, named Bobby(Speedman) is new on the force, and he's taking on his partners way of being a cop. While Eldon and Bobby are out doing their 'thing', a robbery occurs. Several people are left dead, and its up to Eldon and Bobby to solve the case, in their own way.

The story goes on from there, and takes several unexpected turns, and proves to be highly entertaining, just like the rest of the movie. Kurt Russel's acting is top-notch, but unfortunetly Scott Speedman doesn't really deliver a very striking performance. But other than Speedman's lacking acting skills, the movie is very good. The story keeps you on the edge of your seat, and there are several subplots that all come together in the end, giving us an ending which leaves us all satisfied.

Now, this is definetly not an action movie. Instead it relies on its story and the characters, and that's a very good move by the director. But there are still moments where we are in awe of the movie, such as the riot scenes. Scenes of absolute anarchy.

All in all, a very good movie. Recommended to all who wants a good story to sit back and enjoy. 8/10


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