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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.

Director:

Michael D. Olmos

Writers:

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

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
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

Everyone Dies Dirty

Genres:

Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

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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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,497, 19 August 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$12,918, 9 November 2008
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Technical Specs

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

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

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Splinter hit and miss
9 August 2008 | by tomasdiazSee all my reviews

Splinter tells the story of Paradise Gardens and Greenville rival gangs in the setting of a rough part of Los Angeles. A cheating girlfriend ignites violence between the two gangs. There was a heavy emphasis on the cheating girlfriend. One could easily expect to see passion burn up the screen. Instead the sexy love scenes in this film could be described as an after school special romance. It did not fit with the overall gangster style that is down and dirty.

Veteran actor Tom Sizemore as corrupt Detective Cunningham lit up every scene he was in. Great to see the man back in films instead of the now canceled reality TV show "Shooting Sizemore". He gave a strong performance in this one. The kind of shady Detective that is more gangster than cop. Another stand out performance was Enrique Almeida who played Dreamer. Keep an eye out for this actor.

The main reason I did not give this one a higher score was because the worst lines I've experienced in a film happened. The corrupt cop played by Tom Sizemore forces the viewer to listen to a long and painfully bad speech about how gang war is like Chinese food take out. Using Orange Chicken, Beef Broccoli, and rice to make his point. It was awful. The rest of the writing in the film was good and then this scene happens. I was watching the film with a group of friends and it was agreed that might have been one of the worst scenes we've ever watched. Splinter it a hit and miss. It has an interesting plot that might keep most viewers tuned in.


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