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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

Ron Shelton had originally written his directorial debut, Bull Durham (1988), for Kurt Russell over a decade earlier, but Orion wanted Kevin Costner for the role. See more »

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Many vehicles that weren't around until long after 1992 are clearly visible in most exterior scenes. See more »

Quotes

Bobby Keough: Well, she's black, Eldon, that's why I don't talk about her.
Det. Sgt. Eldon Perry Jr.: Oh, you be dating a sistah!
Bobby Keough: Yeah.
Det. Sgt. Eldon Perry Jr.: I didn't know you were into ebony and ivory.
Bobby Keough: I do'nt wanna hear a bunch of black jokes, Hey, no I really don't.
Det. Sgt. Eldon Perry Jr.: Hey amigo, you think I care about the size, shape, color or political party of some sweet thing you're rolling around with?
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Connections

Featured in Blue Code (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Neighborhood Sniper
Written by Michael Bell, Cold 187um (as Gregory Hutchison), Jerry Long and Paul Turner
Performed by Eazy-E
Courtesy of Ruthless Records/Priority Records
Under License from EMI-Capitol Music Special Markets
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A superb thriller made with commitment.
3 May 2005 | by peter-856See all my reviews

There's not really much to be said about this film: its internal integrity and the obvious commitment of everyone involved speak for themselves. When I think of Kurt Russell I always think of Soldier and Arnie he ain't but, DAMN, he can act when he's given a good script.

The DVD is well worth getting hold of. The documentaries are professional, detail packed and interesting. I like the comment by Cotty Chubb, the producer, who says that the four elements needed for a civil society are jobs, schools, hospitals and police. In many parts of urban America (he says) there are no jobs, the schools are s*i*, they've closed all the hospitals and the police are corrupt. For a foreigner, who has never been able to make sense of the perverse verdict in the trials of those infamous officers, this film shed some light on a very fragile society.


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