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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

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Brian Tucker
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Cast

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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Proof Can Be a Powerful Weapon.

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

18 January 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ciudad de sombras See more »

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, 18 January 2013, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$19,701,164, 20 December 2013
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Mark Wahlberg plays the role of Billy Taggart which references the key police roles in the movies Beverly Hills Cop (1984) and Beverly Hills Cop II (1987), of Detective Billy Rosewood and Sergeant John Taggart. See more »

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The secret "contract" that the mayor was trying to hide was Articles of Incorporation for Rochway, Inc. These would have been public records filed with the state and very easy to discover. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Prosecutor: Your Honor, it's murder. Even when the police do it.
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Referenced in Raised by Wolves: Yoko's Got Talent (2015) See more »

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You Let Me Down
Written by Harry Warren and Al Dubin
Performed by Billie Holiday
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Entertaining thriller
25 January 2013 | by DarkVulcan29See all my reviews

The Mayor(Russell Crowe) of New York, who pretty much has everything in his back pocket, hires a private detective(Mark Wahlberg) who was once a cop, but was fired because of a scandalous shooting incident. He hires him to follow his wife(Catherine Zeta Jones) in suspecting that she is cheating on him, but what is gonna be discovered, is more than meets the eye.

This movie kind of drags in the first part, but surprisingly picks up in the second part. Crowe and Wahlberg do give descent performances, so does Catherine Zeta Jones and Barry Pepper. It an alright thriller, nothing beyond greatness, but still entertaining, although in spots it could have better, but still deserves an 8/10.


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