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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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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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


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,497, 19 August 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$12,918, 9 November 2008
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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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Yikes! Good intentions, crummy execution.
17 November 2007 | by innocuousSee all my reviews

Though not completely awful, this film disappoints. Though independent directors bemoan the studio system and how it stifles creativity, there is at least one thing that the studios have done fairly consistently: they've been able to remind directors that good acting is highly desirable. Too many indie directors take a concept and some creative ideas and then simply relegate the acting to the lowest priority possible. That's one of the problems with "Splinter"...budget-level acting. I don't consider Sizemore to be an outstanding actor, but he truly embarrasses virtually every other actor in this film, especially Atis, who simply appears amateurish and uncertain in every scene.

So, sorry...can't recommend this one at all. Crummy acting condemns a movie, regardless of the concept, story, and other production values.

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