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City of Lies (2018)

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Russell Poole and Jack Jackson investigate the murders of rappers Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur.

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Brad Furman

Writers:

Randall Sullivan (based on the non-fiction book by), Christian Contreras (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Johnny Depp ... Russell Poole
Forest Whitaker ... Jack Jackson
Toby Huss ... Detective Fred Miller
Dayton Callie ... Lieutenant O'Shea
Neil Brown Jr. ... Rafael Perez
Louis Herthum ... City Attorney Stone
Shea Whigham ... Frank Lyga
Xander Berkeley ... Edwards
Shamier Anderson ... David Mack
Laurence Mason ... FBI Agent Dunton
Christian George Christian George ... Belsher
Michael Paré ... Detective Varney
Amin Joseph ... Kevin Gaines
Josh Hardwick Josh Hardwick ... Russell Poole Jr. (as Joshua M. Hardwick)
Glenn Plummer ... Psycho Mike
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Russell Poole and Jack Jackson investigate the murders of rappers Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur.

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The only thing more notorious than the crime was the cover-up. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

Johnny Depp and Forest Whitaker previously appeared together in Platoon (1986). See more »

Goofs

You can see the crane, when Detective Poole walks around the gas station during the long take. See more »

Connections

References Columbo (1971) See more »

Soundtracks

""Hypnotize""
Written by Randy 'Badazz' Alpert (as Randy Badazz Alpert), Deric Angelettie (as Deric Michael Angelettie), Andy Armor (as Andy W. Armer), Sean 'Diddy' Combs (as Sean J. Combs), Ron Lawrence (as Ronald Lawrence) and The Notorious B.I.G. (as Christopher Wallace)
Performed by The Notorious B.I.G. (as Notorious B.I.G.)
Courtesy of Bad Boy Records
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
Contains a sample of "Rise"
Written by Randy 'Badazz' Alpert (as Randy Badazz Alpert) and Andy Armor (as Andy W. Armer)
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"City Of Lies" has tons of potential and doesn't fully deliver.
7 August 2019 | by SnobReviewsSee all my reviews

"City Of Lies" showcases fantastic acting chops from duo Johnny Depp and Forest Whitaker, but as much as this true story is intriguing it falls flat at times.

In this crime drama based on a true story, two men investigate the murders of rappers Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur.

Overall a great story and script, but "City Of Lies" seems to steer in the wrong direction and just as it's about to become great, it backs away. I wanted more, but thankfully the committed lead performances from Depp and Whitaker are what stand true in this film and make it worth a watch.


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Country:

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Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

21 December 2018 (Lithuania) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,619,671
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Dolby Digital

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