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Dirty (2005)

R | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 2005 (Portugal)
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Two gangbangers-turned-cops try and cover up a scandal within the LAPD.


Chris Fisher





Cast overview, first billed only:
Frank Alvarez ... Gangster #1
Clifton Collins Jr. ... Officer Armando Sancho
Brittany Daniel ... Tatiana
Keith David ... Captain Spain
Roberto 'Lil Rob' Flores Roberto 'Lil Rob' Flores ... Gangster #4 (as Robert Flores)
Aimee Garcia ... Rita
Cesar Garcia ... Gangster #3
Nicholas Gonzalez ... Officer Rodriguez
Cuba Gooding Jr. ... Salim Adel
Kevin Grevioux ... Daddy
Wood Harris ... Brax
Cole Hauser ... Lieutenant
Wyclef Jean ... Baine
Pat Healy ... Ronnie
Tory Kittles ... Wallace


In a Los Angeles dominated by violent gangs and a corrupt LAPD Precinct, the dirty Officer Armando Sancho is haunted by his guilty since an innocent old man was accidentally killed in an operation with his also dirty partner Salim Adel. The Internal Affairs is pressing Sancho, who feels split between the loyalty to his mates and his conscience, and he has to make a statement at 6:00 PM. When his superiors Captain Spain and his Lieutenant assign the two cops for an operation dealing drugs apprehended by the police and stored as evidence with a powerful drug dealer, Sancho feels that something is wrong and they have been framed. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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English | Spanish

Release Date:

2005 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

Prljavi policajci See more »


Box Office


$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$41,638, 29 January 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$271,078, 5 March 2006
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Sound Mix:

SDDS | Dolby Digital | DTS



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


At around 31m25s Salim & Armando are having a conversation in the car. At one point Salim says; "Hoes gotta eat too" That same line is said by Doughboy in Boyz N Tha Hood at the bbq. A movie where Cuba Gooding Jr also starred in alongside Ice Cube as cousins. See more »


[last lines]
Officer Armando Sancho: You see things more clearly when you're dead.
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Referenced in Gettin' Dirty (2006) See more »


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To live and lie in L.A.
13 April 2010 | by SanFernandoCurtSee all my reviews

The Ramparts Scandal of the 1990s entailed L.A. gang members infiltrating the police department, violently shaking down fellow gang-bangers, then, in perjured testimony after their stupidity busted wide open the whole mess, ruined the careers of honest cops in L.A.P.D.'s gang units. As final salt in the wound, taxpayers were soaked for millions in court settlements to the put-upon homies that got rough treatment from these hoods in blue.

The real villains of the piece were not-well-thought-through outreach projects to recruit more inner-city youth into the city's police force. This was yet another brainstorm of liberal social engineers far removed from the detritus wrought by their brilliance.

This movie, inspired by Ramparts, takes those facts and corkscrews them 180 degrees. The gangstas are the cops. All cops. The real villain is the SYSTEM, maaaaaaan.

This tired, hackneyed tripe represents the warped mindset of Hollywood's establishment today. It's a weak-tea Frankfurt School indictment of class, race, capital, injustice... (yaaaawn). I think one of the great injustices in this country today that so much of our media, so much of our political arena, is fabricated by these tapas-bar revolutionaries from the mean streets of Malibu, Brentwood and Beverly Hills. Decades ago, "Dirty" would be hailed as wonderfully subversive by reviewers feasting on the bounty of the very system they claim to despise. It's as subversive as "Dancing With the Stars". This is the only political viewpoint we get - in any movie or documentary produced in this country.

In that respect, this movie is similar to "Crash", that other self-celebration of hypocritical Lefty gibberish. In fact, the scene in which Gooding Jr. hassles a middle-class white couple was almost straight-lifted a few years later for "Crash", with the racial components reversed.

One reviewer here proposed "it's easy to behave morally in a sheltered, safe, middle-class environment." Well, it's easier not to become murderous animals in that kind of environment - that's for sure. And, evidently, it's a lot easier to develop a morality far removed from the real world by typing out scripts in tony neighborhoods with gates, guards, income levels in the stratosphere and worldviews in Never-Never Land.

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