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Dragged Across Concrete (2018)

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Once two overzealous cops get suspended from the force, they must delve into the criminal underworld to get their proper compensation.

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S. Craig Zahler

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S. Craig Zahler
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mel Gibson ... Brett Ridgeman
Vince Vaughn ... Anthony Lurasetti
Tory Kittles ... Henry Johns
Michael Jai White ... Biscuit
Thomas Kretschmann ... Lorentz Vogelmann
Jennifer Carpenter ... Kelly Summer
Laurie Holden ... Melanie Ridgeman
Don Johnson ... Chief Lt. Calvert
Udo Kier ... Friedrich
Fred Melamed ... Mr. Edmington
Justine Warrington ... Cheryl
Matthew MacCaull ... Grey Gloves
Primo Allon ... Black Gloves
Jordyn Ashley Olson Jordyn Ashley Olson ... Sara Ridgeman
Myles Truitt ... Ethan Jones
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Storyline

The script centers on two policemen, one an old-timer (Gibson), the other his volatile younger partner (Vaughn), who find themselves suspended when a video of their strong-arm tactics become the media's cause du jour. Low on cash and with no other options, these two embittered soldiers descend into the criminal underworld to gain their just due, but instead find far more than they wanted awaiting them in the shadows.

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Those Who Can't Earn A Living Must Find Another Way To Provide.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, grisly images, language, and some sexuality/nudity. | See all certifications »

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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

22 March 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dragged Across Concrete See more »

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Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The first film directed by S. Craig Zahler to receive an official rating from the MPAA. His previous films were released as unrated. See more »

Goofs

00:24:30 - 00:36:35 When Brett Ridgeman talks with Lt. Calvert at his desk the badges that he and Anthony Lurasetti just threw on this desk change position between scenes. See more »

Quotes

Anthony Lurasetti: You're still maintaining that gum is for cows and imbeciles?
Brett Ridgeman: I do and it is.
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DON'T CLOSE THE DRIVE IN
Written by Jeff Herriott & S.Craig Zahler
Performed by Butch Tavares
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Tarantino would enjoy this eccentric and memorable heist film.
26 March 2019 | by jdesandoSee all my reviews

"It's bad for you, it's bad for me, it's bad like lasagna in a can." Anthony (Vince Vaughn)

Writer/director S. Craig Zahler blew me away with Bone Tomahawk, as eccentric a western as ever made. In Dragged Across Concrete his two white, male suspended-cops' (Anthony and Brett, played convincingly by Mel Gibson) heist takes a more traditional path but has dialogue continually as crisp as my headliner, though decidedly less explosive and ironic than Tarantino's Pulp Fiction or Reservoir Dogs.

Although you may think you have seen this gritty and yet mellow thriller before, Zahler has expertly and innovatively conducted us through an eccentric but dangerous underworld of robbery and treachery. I suspect in real life the double-dealing happens more than we would guess.

Two-handed dialogue, ala Tarantino, about fast food and family, for both the two protagonists and the bad guys, alternates between the mundane and the philosophical, anchovies, and murder. Although conversation is not as caustic as that of Tarantino's loveable crooks, the wordplay rings truer about daily living, even for those involved in robbery and murder.

The wonder of this heist is that we get to know even the bad guys, Russian and Latino, as the director keeps the camera steady on two crooks driving the getaway van and talking about family and the growing danger of the robbery. Or getting to know a victim through an extended visit to her paranoia about leaving her apartment and child for numbing work at the targeted bank. Fate will decide her future, and we are the more empathetic for having spent time with her.

Dragged Across Concrete fulfills the promise of its hard-edged title: its heist is memorable, multifaceted, and microscopically treated as if we were in the planning and execution. Along the way there's humor to lighten the death-threatening caper.

Brett catches the ambivalent crime-stopping the two are indicted for: "And it turns out that sh-t's more important than good, honest work." This is a good, honest heist film about characters not so good or honest but interesting nonetheless.


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