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City of Lies (2019)

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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

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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
Melanie Benz ... Jessica
Shamier Anderson ... David Mack
Laurence Mason ... FBI Agent Dunton
Christian George ... Belsher
Michael Paré ... Varney
Amin Joseph ... Kevin Gaines
Josh Hardwick ... Russell Poole, Jr.
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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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Rated R for language throughout, some violence and drug use | See all certifications »
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Language:

English

Release Date:

10 January 2019 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

LAbyrinth See more »

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Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Both characters Rafael Perez and Frank Lyga, are based on real people with the same name as in the movie, during the 90's, these two policemen were very infamous in Rampart Scandal, on which this film is based. See more »

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MOST SENSATIONAL COVER-UP SINCE JFK!
12 January 2019 | by francescobrosoloSee all my reviews

Being an outsider when it comes to all things concerning Rap, Hip Hop, Bloods and Crips, and surely the immense success this life has provided to some key figures, I must admit that this film feels more like a True Crime movie than anything else, and in that capacity is a powerful tale of greed, violence, and plain reckless behavior. It kind of proves the point that our society seems immune to the action of bullies, corrupted law enforcement, and violent behavior, to only name a few of the reality this movie depicts very efficiently. Who needs Hollywood to thrill the innocent bystander, when all these bloody episodes are taking place in real life? Let's just say that Mr. Randall Sullivan (the author of the book this movie is based on) knows his subject matter, and writes with a steady hand, offering one more glimpse into a world denied to most. Who would have thought this thug type of world, where talent and violence walk hand to hand, and excessive riches defy description, would be so easy and fun to watch from the comfort of an uneventful suburban residence.


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