An undercover cop, disillusioned by the death of his wife, is implicated in the murder of an officer and must struggle to clear himself.

Director:

David Ayer

Writers:

James Ellroy (screenplay), Kurt Wimmer (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
Reviews
Popularity
3,707 ( 64)
1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Keanu Reeves ... Detective Tom Ludlow
Forest Whitaker ... Captain Jack Wander
Hugh Laurie ... Captain James Biggs
Chris Evans ... Detective Paul Diskant
Cedric the Entertainer ... Scribble (as Cedric 'The Entertainer' Kyles)
Jay Mohr ... Sgt. Mike Clady
Terry Crews ... Detective Terrence Washington
Naomie Harris ... Linda Washington
Common ... Coates
Cle Sloan ... Fremont
Martha Higareda ... Grace Garcia
John Corbett ... Detective Dante Demille
Amaury Nolasco ... Detective Cosmo Santos
Game ... Grill (as The Game)
Noel Gugliemi ... Quicks (as Noel G.)
Edit

Storyline

LAPD detective Tom Ludlow is a ruthlessly efficient, unorthodox undercover cop. Captain Jack Wander always covers for Ludlow, as do even his somewhat jealous colleagues. After technically excessive violence against a vicious Korean gang during the liberation of kidnapped child sex slaves, Ludlow becomes the target of hotshot Internal Affairs captain James Biggs, who feels passed over after Wander's promotion to chief. Ludlow's ex-patrol partner, Terrence Washington, sides with IA but is killed during a shop robbery in Ludlow's presence. Ludlow works his way through the twisted rungs of the police and the deadly streets of Los Angeles for answers that lead to more and more questions. Written by KGF Vissers (TC edit)

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Their City. Their Rules. No Prisoners.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence and pervasive language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

As stated by director David Ayer in the commentary of the film, the character of Garcia was originally going to be a reporter rather than a nurse. See more »

Goofs

When Ludlow and Diskant are at Grills' house, just after beating him with the telephone book, someone disappears through a door in the background and in the next shot the door moves and closes. If there was supposed to be someone else in the house someone would have noticed and/or mentioned it... See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Boss Kim: Yo dawg.
Tom Ludlow: Konnichiwa.
Boss Kim: What?
Tom Ludlow: Konnichiwa. Konnichiwa. It means what's up. So what the fuck's up?
See more »

Connections

Followed by Street Kings 2: Motor City (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Piano Bar
Written by Steve Marvin
Courtesy of Killer Tracks
See more »

User Reviews

 
Street Kings A Decent Action Crime Thriller With Some Flaws
10 June 2009 | by tburke85See all my reviews

Street Kings is a decent crime thriller with some flaws but the good outweighs the bad. Director David Ayer does an admirable job of making this movie about cops in Los Angeles. The cast are solid in their roles including Keanu Reeves, Forest Whitaker, and Hugh Laurie. Chris Evans shows up for an extended appearance only to be written out before audiences can come to care about him but he still makes the best of his small part in the movie. The same can go for Common and The Game who make brief cameo roles but are believable enough as the characters they are playing which is a good thing. The rest of the supporting cast including Jay Mohr, Cedric The Entertainer, and John Corbett are good in their limited screen time. The action is well executed and the movie moves at a steady pace unlike some others out there. A few flaws the film could've improved on was a little more character development, secrets being revealed too early as to the identity of the dirty cops (dirter than Reeves character anyway), and some real suspense. Despite its flaws though Street Kings is a decent attempt at a crime thriller with some action at a steady pace and solid acting by the cast.


3 of 3 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 220 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Turkish

Release Date:

11 April 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Night Watch See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,469,631, 13 April 2008

Gross USA:

$26,418,667

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$66,476,363
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed