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Story

The Rodney King riots of April 1992 hang like a keg of dynamite over Dark Blue, a crackling tale of Los Angeles police corruption that gives Kurt Russell one of the best roles of his underrated career. Adapted by Training Day screenwriter David Ayer from a story by L.A. Confidential novelist James Ellroy, the plot finds Russell's rule-bending detective teamed with a promising young partner (Scott Speedman) whose ethics have yet to be tainted. Their boss (Brendan Gleeson) is a lawless maverick, maneuvering the unwitting detectives into covering up a lucrative robbery scam, while L.A.P.D.'s Deputy Chief (Ving Rhames) campaigns to bring them all down. While adhering to familiar cop-thriller formula, director Ron Shelton (Bull Durham) escalates tension with forceful impact, drawing a climactic parallel between the King riots and the fallout from Russell's cynical behavior. It's a powerhouse combination, allowing Russell to find shades of complexity in a character who realizes, almost too late, that he's a devil in the hell of L.A. --Jeff Shannon

DVD Features

  • Available Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Available Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Commentary by: director Ron Shelton
  • "Internal Affairs" featurette
  • Photo gallery and more

Cast

Kurt RussellEldon Perry
Scott SpeedmanBobby Keough
Michael MicheleBeth Williamson
Brendan GleesonJack Van Meter
Ving RhamesArthur Holland
KuruptDarryl Orchard
Dash MihokGary Sidwell
Jonathan BanksJames Barcomb
Lolita DavidovichSally Perry
Khandi AlexanderJanelle Holland
Dana LeeHenry Kim
Chapman Russell WayEldon Perry III
Marin HinkleDeena Schultz
Master PManiac

  • Genre: Thriller Movies
  • Director: Ron Shelton
  • Producer: MGM/UA
  • Length: 118 min
  • Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaFeb 21, 2003
    EuropeJul 4, 2003
    AustraliaAug 7, 2003
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    Europe15
    AustraliaMA
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaJun 24, 2003
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