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At Theaters: 2/21/2003 On Video: 6/24/2003
Rated: R Length: 1 hr. 58 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 399957
Studio: United Artists Inc.
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The LAPD's elite Special Investigations Squad (SIS) is assigned a high-profile quadruple homicide. While navigating through the tumultuous neighborhoods of South Central L.A., Perry and Keough must track down cold-blooded killers and face their own demons, which prove to be more ruthless than the criminals they pursue.

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Drama Thriller - This violent, gritty police drama will hold most appeal to adults, particularly males. Older viewers may be put off by the violence, which makes the film ill-suited for young children.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Kurt Russell VANILLA SKY, 3000 MILES TO GRACELAND, SOLDIER
Brendan Gleeson HARRISON'S FLOWERS, LAKE PLACID
Scott Speedman DUETS
Michael Michele THE 6TH MAN
Lolita Davidovich PLAY IT TO THE BONE, MYSTERY ALASKA
Ving Rhames UNDISPUTED, LILO & STITCH, BABY BOY
Director: Ron Shelton PLAY IT TO THE BONE
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About The Production
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: Well over 30 F-words, well over 30 s-Wrods, 7 GD's, many o
SEX/NUDITY: Brief nudity; no sex.
VIOLENCE: Bloody shootings and beatings.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Very frequent alcohol and tobacco use; some drugs.
ACTION: Some foot chases and shootouts.
COMEDY: None.
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Entertainment Weekly   Full Review
Very Good "In propelling invented characters through a re-creation of actual historical mayhem and demanding that audiences think about consequences and not just ogle the action, though, ''Dark Blue'' goes where all too few films dare to venture these days -- into the heart of moral darkness.''

Roger Ebert  Full Review
Good "Dark Blue is not a great movie, but it has moments that go off the meter and find visceral impact. The characters driving through the riot-torn streets of Los Angeles provide some of them, and the savage, self-hating irony of Russell's late dialogue provides the rest.''

USA TODAY  Full Review
Above Average "There's at least one plot element too many here; let your own taste determine which one. Yet until it dissolves into conventional melodrama during a climactic fracas, this fast-paced story is never less than watchable.''

Newsday  Full Review
Good "On the eve of the Rodney King acquittals in 1992, corruption within the Los Angeles police force breaks down the fabric of both the department and the city. Gritty, gripping, a bit uneven, but Kurt Russell hits all the right notes.''

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Based on an Exit Polling of 48 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
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Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
20-29Yg Adults (M)
7
Fairly High
86%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
6
Low
67%
30+Adults (M)
17
Fairly Low
76%
30+Adults (F)
18
Fairly Low
60%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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While moviegoers seeking action will be disappointed, adult drama fans open to darker material should be satisfied with this film--that is, provided they can tolerate the violent content and strong language. As such, men, particularly younger ones, should enjoy more than females, and those who like their movies sunnier certainly won't be pleased with this film.

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D ETAILED S TORYLINE
In America, the police are sworn to uphold the law and protect the innocent. But on the streets, it's everyone for themselves - and the streets are where police Eldon Perry (Kurt Russell) honed his craft.

Perry is a veteran cop in Los Angeles, one of the toughest cities in the world. A member of the LAPD's elite Special Investigations Squad, Perry is known for his tough street tactics, fiery temper, and a willingness to do whatever it takes to bring someone to justice. Perry plays fast and loose with the rules and goes over the line - until another cop vows to bring him down.

When the SIS is assigned a high-profile quadruple homicide, Perry is put on the case along with SIS rookie Bobby Keough (Scott Speedman). Investigating the murders alongside Perry, Keough soon learns the grim realities of police intimidation and corruption. Meanwhilte, Assistant Cheif Holland (Ving Rhames) is the only man in the department willing to stand up to the SIS and its powerful, dangerous boss, Jack Van Meter (Brendan Gleeson). The SIS is a tight brotherhood, and no one has ever dared to take them on - until now. While Perry and Keough are trying to solve the murder, Holland is trying to end Perry's brand of singlehanded "Justice."

Over the course of four days, the brutal murder and racially charged trial trigger an explosive chain of events that resonate throughout Los Angeles. While navigating through the tumultuous neighborhoods of South Central L.A., Perry and Keough must track down cold-blooded killers and also face their own demons, which prove to be more ruthless than the criminals they pursue.

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