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End of Watch (2012)

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Shot documentary-style, this film follows the daily grind of two young police officers in LA who are partners and friends, and what happens when they meet criminal forces greater than themselves.

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David Ayer

Writer:

David Ayer
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jake Gyllenhaal ... Brian Taylor
Michael Peña ... Mike Zavala
Natalie Martinez ... Gabby
Anna Kendrick ... Janet
David Harbour ... Van Hauser
Frank Grillo ... Sarge
America Ferrera ... Orozco
Cle Sloan Cle Sloan ... Mr. Tre
Jaime FitzSimons Jaime FitzSimons ... Captain Reese
Cody Horn ... Davis
Shondrella Avery ... Bonita
Everton Lawrence ... Man Friend
Leequwid 'Devil' Wilkens Leequwid 'Devil' Wilkens ... CK
James 'Pistol' McNeal James 'Pistol' McNeal ... DJ
Zone Zone ... Too Tall
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Storyline

In South Central Los Angeles, street cops Brian and Mike are partners - balls-out cowboys patrolling the streets as Latino gangs are in a power struggle with Blacks. Brian and Mike get lucky a couple of times, making big drug and human-trafficking busts, so a Mexican cartel orders their deaths. We meet Mike's pregnant wife (whom he married out of high school) and watch Brian's search for a soul mate. There are internal squabbles within the ranks of the LAPD and lots of squad-car conversation. Can the lads escape the cartel's murderous reach? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, some disturbing images, pervasive language including sexual references, and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

21 September 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

End of Watch See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,152,683, 23 September 2012, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$41,003,371

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$53,041,274
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Sound Mix:

Datasat | Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When Brian and Mike stop at the liquor store and stick their heads inside the refrigerators to cool down, this is a very common tactic done by a lot of police officers in hot and humid areas. In fact the bulletproof vest will actually stick and cause "burns" to the skin from the amount of moisture that gets between the vest and the skin. A lot of police officers now have a small "duct" or "hose" they attach to one of the A/C vents inside their police vehicle which they stick down their shirt while driving to cool down between calls. See more »

Goofs

On Taylor's uniform, he has a small USMC Eagle, Globe, Anchor pin on the corner of his left breast pocket. Throughout the movie, including connected scenes, it disappears and reappears. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Brian Taylor: I am the police, and I'm here to arrest you. You've broken the law. I did not write the law. I may even disagree with the law but I will enforce it. No matter how you plead, cajole, beg or attempt to stir my sympathies, nothing you do will stop me from placing you in a steel cage with gray bars. If you run away I will chase you. If you fight me I will fight back. If you shoot at me I will shoot back. By law I am unable to walk away. I am a consequence. I am the unpaid bill. I am ...
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Crazy Credits

This film is dedicated to the men and women of the law enforcement community who face danger daily on our behalf. It is especially dedicated to our fallen heroes who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. This is for all that fight evil so we may not know it. God bless you all. See more »

Connections

Featured in The Making of 'End of Watch' (2013) See more »

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Mrs. Officer
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Performed by Lil' Wayne, featuring Bobby Valentino and Kidd Kidd
Tha Carter III (2008)
Written by Lil' Wayne, Robert Wilson, Darius Harrison, and Curtis Stewart
Published by Cash Money and Universal Motown
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Amazing dichotomy of emotions
28 August 2012 | by mattyp083See all my reviews

Jake and Michael have the most amazing on-screen chemistry that makes the viewers believe they're truly best friends and police partners. The way the script was written allowed David Ayer to elicit an incredible range of emotion from the viewers. It's hilariously funny during car scenes between Jake and Michael, playing on relatable awkward topics of sex, dating, and other things best friends would joke about, yet incredibly serious, showing just how intense and dangerous police officers' jobs in South Central LA can be. The use of Jake's hand-held camera gives a Paranormal Activity feeling (without the headache) that adds to the "realness" of the film. I highly recommend this film and challenge anyone to not be completely moved by the end of it.


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