Dark Blue Movie Review 2003

Information and Film Reviews for Dark Blue the Movie

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Another James Ellroy L.A. cop novel comes to life in this powerful tale of deep-seated corruption set against the Rodney King verdict and its aftermath. Veteran cop Eldon Perry (Russell) is part of the elite Special Investigations Squad, a brutal, corrupt, and racist unit run by Jack Van Meter (Gleeson). Partnered with Van Meter's green nephew Bobby (Speedman), Eldon is assigned to steer a homicide investigation away from the two snitches who did it. Standing in his way is the black deputy chief (Rhames) who has vowed to shut down the SIS. Russell's outstanding performance anchors the proceedings, which gets somewhat muddled by the pairing of Ayers's hard-boiled script with Shelton's more reflective bent. Ellroy's original first draft was set against the 1965 Watts riots, and Ayers wrote "Training Day" at about the same time he was adapting "Blue."


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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 116 minutes.
Originally from United States.

Cast and Crew

L.A., Rogue Cops, Interracial Affairs, Books to Film: James Ellroy, Aunts & Uncles, Nieces & Nephews
David Ayer
Kurt Russell, Ving Rhames, Scott Speedman, Brendan Gleeson, Michael Michele, Lolita (David) Davidovich, Dash Mihok, Kurupt, Khandi Alexander, Master P
Barry Peterson
Ron Shelton
Terence Blanchard
Robert Eber, Paul Seydor, Tom Taylor, Kathryn Morrison, Dennis Washington
Caldecott Chubb, David Blocker, James Jacks, Sean Daniel, Alphaville, Im Film Produktion, Cosmic Pictures, United Artists

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