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Broken City (2013)

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In a city rife with injustice, ex-cop Billy Taggart seeks redemption and revenge after being double-crossed and then framed by its most powerful figure: Mayor Nicholas Hostetler.

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Allen Hughes

Writer:

Brian Tucker
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Wahlberg ... Billy Taggart
Russell Crowe ... Mayor Hostetler
Catherine Zeta-Jones ... Cathleen Hostetler
Jeffrey Wright ... Carl Fairbanks
Barry Pepper ... Jack Valliant
Alona Tal ... Katy Bradshaw
Natalie Martinez ... Natalie Barrow
Michael Beach ... Tony Jansen
Kyle Chandler ... Paul Andrews
James Ransone ... Todd Lancaster
Griffin Dunne ... Sam Lancaster
Odessa Feaster ... Secretary - Hostetler (as Odessa Sykes)
Britney Theriot Britney Theriot ... Valerie
Luis Tolentino Luis Tolentino ... Mikey Tavarez
Tony Bentley ... Judge
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Storyline

In New York City, detective Billy Taggart goes to court for the murder of the rapist Mikey Tavarez, but the Mayor Nicholas Hostetler and the Chief of Police Carl Fairbanks vanish with important evidence and Billy is declared not guilty by the judge; however, he leaves the police department. Seven years later, Billy is a private detective and lives with his girlfriend Natalie Barrow, who is an aspiring actress and the sister of Mikey's victim. His secretary Katy Bradshaw (Alona Tal) is trying to collect part of the debts to save their business. In the week of the elections, Hostetler summons Billy and offers $25,000 to investigate his wife, Cathleen Hostetler, whom he believes is having a love affair. Billy discovers that Cathleen is meeting Paul Andrews, who is the coordinator of the campaign of Jack Valliant, the opponent of Hostetler and favorite in the election. When Paul is found dead on the street, Billy finds that he had been double-crossed by Hostetler and he decides to ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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

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Trivia

When Billy is getting into Katy's car, he asks her, "Where did you get these seat covers, the Gaza Strip?". Katy is played by Alona Tal, who was born in Israel, and served in the Israeli Defense Forces. See more »

Goofs

When Billy is shot at as he is leaving the real estate developers office the bullet shatters the back windshield and leaves a clear exit hole in the front on the passenger side. During the brief chase sequence directly afterward the the hole in the front is missing See more »

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[first lines]
Prosecutor: Your Honor, it's murder. Even when the police do it.
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Connections

Featured in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.74 (2013) See more »

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Shot in the Back of the Head
Written by Moby (as Richard Melville Hall)
Performed by Moby
Courtesy of Little Idiot\Mute Corporation US
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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A Generic Political Thriller
20 June 2013 | by griffolyon12See all my reviews

Broken City is not an unwatchable movie, but it's not a great movie either. A standard, run-of- the-mill political thriller about corrupt politicians and the private eye caught in the middle of it all, is elevated by the turns of Mark Wahlberg and Russell Crowe, but the script itself is bland and a little too on the nose for it to ever be believable or emotionally involving. When a character is flat-out telling you everything about their backstory, rather than letting you piece it together through visuals and subtext, that's when you know the script doesn't always work. Even still, there are good moments to be found here and there, but there's nothing about this movie that's any different than any similar movie ever released, and most of those do everything a lot better. Want my advice, watch Serpico or All the President's Men instead.

I give Broken City a 6 out of 10!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

18 January 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,268,908, 20 January 2013

Gross USA:

$19,701,164

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$34,737,199
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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