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Splinter (2006)

A gang member, suffering from severe memory loss, searches for his brother's murderer. He secretly enlists the aid of the investigating Detective, while other members of his gang are mysteriously and sadistically murdered.


Michael D. Olmos


Adrian Cruz (screenplay) (as Adrian A. Cruz), Michael D. Olmos (screenplay) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Sizemore ... Detective Cunningham
Edward James Olmos ... Captain Garcia
Ivonne Coll ... Mom
Enrique Almeida Enrique Almeida ... Dreamer
Resmine Atis ... Detective Gramm (as Resminé Atis)
Noel Gugliemi ... Dusty (as Noel G.)
Dallas Page ... Detective Stiles (as Diamond Dallas Page)
Delilah Cotto ... Vanessa
Emilio Rivera ... Jesse (Veterano)
Adam Rodriguez ... Private Martinez
Hector Atreyu Ruiz ... Trigger
Ski Carr ... Louie Garcia
Gary Cruz ... Lil Nights
Anthony Cuesta Anthony Cuesta ... Speedy
Kira Elliot Kira Elliot ... Female Officer 1


On the mean streets of LA, two gangsters - - Dreamer (Almeida) and Dusty (Noel G.) - - unite over the mysterious murder of their brother. Dreamer, with the bullet that killed his brother still lodged in his skull, is desperately seeking revenge when he crosses paths with Detective Gramm (Atis), a confident rookie cop partnered with corrupt veteran Cunningham (Sizemore). Amidst a rising body count and the threat of an all-out gang war, the four characters lock themselves in a brutal end-game as they discover who among them is creating the brutal chaos. Written by Olmos, Michael D.

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Everyone Dies Dirty


Crime | Thriller

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Rated R for strong violence, language and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


This film is produced by a variety of Los Angeles-based community artists, including a team of scholars from comic book production companies Chamber Six and Dark Horse. It is being best compared to the surprising, award-winning graphic-novelization-turned-movie A History of Violence (2005) for its bold sincerity in this industry. See more »


Referenced in 500 Days of Summer (2009) See more »

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A cool trip through the ghetto. Leave your spinal taps at home.
22 November 2006 | by MistaFreezeSee all my reviews

Lost among millions of Hollywood flicks and translations of life in the barrio, urban thriller fiction and urban friction have never been translated and amalgamated into a digestible and acceptable product until the conception of Splinter. In the footsteps of its successful filmic predecessors "Ghost World," "History of Violence," or possibly "The Walking Dead," one might consider this to be another wonderful comic book/graphic novel come to life. However, not quite manufactured into an actual tangible book like its famed literal leaders, Dark Horse Films (Sin City, HellBoy) along with director Michael Olmos give life to an inner-city story that follows the conventions of traditional story telling in movies, but flesh out the skeletal in such a purposeful and personal way as to entrap us in the confusion that binds all of its characters. Entwined in a lysergic and cathartic weave, everyone, actors and audience members alike, will find themselves trying to escape from the volatile streets of Paradise Gardens and Greenville Heights acid-mimetic tirade. Supported by such talents as Sizemore, Olmos, Almeida, Gugliemi, Atis, Rivera, and Cypress Hill, you'll want to bring the homies Dusty, Trigger, and Happy along for the "trip." You betta axe somebody!...

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Release Date:

22 July 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gangues de L.A. See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA


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Opening Weekend USA:

$10,497, 19 August 2007

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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