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Jack Van Meter
Assistant Chief of Police Arthur Holland
- Ron Shelton
- David Blocker
- Caldecot Chubb
- Sean Daniel
- James Jacks
- Moritz Borman
- Nigel Sinclair
- Caldecot "Cotty" Chubb
- James Ellroy
- David Ayer
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A cop's personal code of justice begins to change after a number of incidents lead his city to a tragic wave of violence in this police drama. Eldon Perry (Kurt Russell) is a veteran cop with the LAPD's Special Investigations unit, a man who isn't above bending the law if it means putting people behind bars who deserve the treatment. As Los Angeles waits on the verdict in the Rodney King police beating trial, Perry is presenting testimony to Assistant Chief of Police Arthur Holland (Ving Rhames), who is well aware of the corruption in the SIS unit and wants to stop it. Perry, however, twists some facts as he speaks in the defense of his new partner, Bobby Keough (Scott Speedman), who is being investigated for inappropriate use of deadly force. For lack of honest testimony, Keough is let off the hook, and soon he and Perry have a new case to investigate -- a robbery at a liquor store than turned into a quadruple homicide. Perry and Keough quickly track down two likely suspects, Orchard (Kurupt) and Sidwell (Dash Mihok), but Perry is surprised when the head of SIS, Van Meter (Brendan Gleeson), tells him to let Orchard and Sidwell go, and instead points the finger at two ex-cons who should be taken off the street, even though they're innocent of this crime. Perry follows Van Meter's orders, despite Keough's misgivings, but in the wake of the L.A. riots, Perry has a change of heart, and decides to start working with Holland against Van Meter's corrupt methods. In the midst of it all, Perry is trying to hold together his troubled marriage to Sally (Lolita Davidovich), while Keough finds himself romancing a fellow officer, Beth (Michael Michele). Dark Blue was adapted from an original screenplay by noted crime novelist James Ellroy; originally set against the backdrop of the 1965 Watts riots, the story was later updated to 1992.
Reviews by Rotten Tomatoes
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James Berardinelli, ReelViews
Russell is the reason to go to the theater. He will continue to hold your attention when things around him -- like the storyline -- lose steam and credibility.– Full review
Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
Well worth recommending.– Full review
Michael Rechtshaffen, Hollywood Reporter
Fails to make the grade as either a gritty crime drama or an intriguing piece of historical relevance.
Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
Harrowing and compulsively watchable morality play.– Full review
Stephen Hunter, Washington Post
The movie ends not with a bang but a wimp.– Full review
Mike Clark, USA Today
Until it dissolves into conventional melodrama during a climactic fracas, this fast-paced story is never less than watchable.– Full review
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