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      Dark Blue

      R Released Feb 21, 2003 1 hr. 53 min. Crime Drama Mystery & Thriller List
      59% 131 Reviews Tomatometer 52% 10,000+ Ratings Audience Score Set in the Los Angeles Police Department in 1992, "Dark Blue" is a thriller that takes place just days before the acquittal of four white officers in the beating of black motorist Rodney King and the subsequent L.A. riots. In this racially charged climate, the LAPD's elite Special Investigations Squad is assigned a quadruple homicide. As they work the case, detective Eldon (Kurt Russell), tutors SIS rookie Bobby (Scott Speedman) in the realities of police intimidation and corruption. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Premiered Oct 17 Buy Now

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      Kurt Russell gives a good performance. Too bad there's nothing here that you haven't seen before.

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      Daniel V I lived this. The Rodney King beating and the riots because of the LAPD officers were found innocent was current news for a 14-year-old me. Now, I'm not saying I was living it in the sense that I was in the middle of the riots, but I definitely watched it on the news while it was happening. It was a strange time. I fully support the police, I know several officers as well as sheriff's deputies. Some are very close to me. But I also believe this was police brutality. 99.9% of police are good people. But there is that .1% that aren't. And they need to not be cops. But I digress. As far as a police drama featuring corruption amongst their ranks, Dark Blue is cookie cutter. That's something I don't mind, especially since I like these types of cookies. However, what makes me rate this flick the way I did is because of my familiarity of the real life events that are its setting, and Kurt Russell. I love Kurt Russell and this is a fantastic performance by him. Vintage Russell. He's not a bad guy but he does bad things. It's a redemption story. And Kurt has my support if redemption is what his character is looking for. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 04/07/24 Full Review Cinephemeride [ a good film noir between L.A. Confidential and Copland with a solid storyline and a quality casting Rated 3 out of 5 stars 12/12/23 Full Review jwcdood DARK BLUE has a good cast and is a good story, but poorly developed and poorly told. C'est la vie... Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 11/28/23 Full Review Jelisije J An enjoyable corrupt cop movie that takes place near the time of the riots of 92 for Rodney King. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 04/06/23 Full Review steve d Deeply unpleasant with no one to pull for. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member long-winding boring police cowabunga Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/03/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Nell Minow Common Sense Media Violent police detective teaches his partner. Rated: 3/5 Dec 22, 2010 Full Review Empire Magazine Rated: 3/5 Sep 27, 2003 Full Review Sara Michelle Fetters MovieFreak.com As Perry literally descends into hell during the L.A. riots, the film takes on an eerie melancholia powered by Russell's impassioned lead. Rated: 2.5/4 Jun 19, 2003 Full Review Felicia Feaster Creative Loafing Dark Blue is a bitter, often stunning sewer elegy for the little-man-as-monster, the nobody who thinks he's somebody but who is just a stooge trapped within a corrupt system. Jan 30, 2020 Full Review Debbie Lynn Elias Behind The Lens With Oscar season 2003 barely underway, our attention is already shifting to Oscar 2004, and in particularly, to Kurt Russell, who without a doubt, should be among next year's list of Best Actor contenders given his performance in Dark Blue. Nov 7, 2019 Full Review James Evans Starburst It's not totally without merit (Kurt, mostly) but there's little nuance or replay-ability here. Rated: 5/10 Jan 29, 2019 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis Set in the Los Angeles Police Department in 1992, "Dark Blue" is a thriller that takes place just days before the acquittal of four white officers in the beating of black motorist Rodney King and the subsequent L.A. riots. In this racially charged climate, the LAPD's elite Special Investigations Squad is assigned a quadruple homicide. As they work the case, detective Eldon (Kurt Russell), tutors SIS rookie Bobby (Scott Speedman) in the realities of police intimidation and corruption.
      Director
      Ron Shelton
      Executive Producer
      Moritz Borman, Guy East, Nigel Sinclair, Barry Peterson
      Screenwriter
      David Ayer, James Ellroy
      Distributor
      Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
      Production Co
      InterMedia Film Equities Ltd., Cosmic Pictures, Alphaville Films
      Rating
      R
      Genre
      Crime, Drama, Mystery & Thriller
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Feb 21, 2003, Wide
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Nov 30, 2016
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $9.1M
      Sound Mix
      Dolby Stereo, Dolby Digital, Dolby A, Surround, Dolby SR
      Aspect Ratio
      Scope (2.35:1)
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