Dark Blue

Directed By: Ron Shelton Starring: Kurt Russell

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by Doug on 11/29/2003

The best performance by Russel since Tombstone! He's back as a world class actor... This movie grabs you and holds you to the end. Truly a movie worth two hours of your time...

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A robbery homicide investigation triggers a series of events that will cause a corrupt lapd officer to question his tactics.


Studio MGM
SKU 40221141
UPC 027616886446
UPC 14 00027616886446
Format DVD
Release Date 9/20/2005
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Historic Events
Los Angeles, California
Race Relations
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note There aren't many cops left like Eldon Perry (Kurt Russell). A member of the Los Angeles Police Department's Special Investigations Squad (SIS), veteran Perry is no stranger to the violence of the streets and the tough decisions that come with the job. He rarely questions the orders given by his powerful boss, Jack Van Meter (Brendan Gleeson). When Van Meter's nephew, Bobby Keogh (Scott Speedman) joins SIS and becomes Perry's partner, the stakes are raised. Keogh, who idolizes both his uncle and Perry, is eager to prove himself. But the naïve rookie has no idea how deep the corruption in the department runs. Set during the racially charged days before the Rodney King verdict and the ensuing L.A. riots, DARK BLUE also looks at racism within the department through its focus on Assistant Chief Arthur Holland (Ving Rhames), who questions the SIS brotherhood and is determined to be the first black chief of the LAPD. Russell is a powerhouse as Perry, a man who has made some difficult decisions in the name of justice. Directed by Ron Shelton (BULL DURHAM, TIN CUP) and based on a story by James Ellroy, the film also stars Michael Michele, Lolita Davidovitch, and rapper Kurupt.
Box Office "...The film sports quite a few effective moments....DARK BLUE is quite watchable..." 03/01/2003 p.58
Movieline's Hollywood Life "...Scathing and uncompromising....[Featuring] Russell in the performance of his career..." 02/01/2003 p.38-9
Rolling Stone "...Kurt Russell digs into the juiciest role of his career....DARK BLUE is a film of wounding power. It stays with you..." 03/14/2003 p.74
Entertainment Weekly "...DARK BLUE goes were all too few films dare to venture these days -- into the heart of moral darkness..." 02/28/2003 p.54-5
Sight and Sound "...As always, Shelton trusts his cast, and allows Russell to deliver his best work in years..." 05/01/2003 p.42-4
Chicago Sun-Times "...It has something to say and an urgent way of saying it....It has moments that go off the meter and find visceral impact..." 02/21/2003 p.29
Los Angeles Times "...An actor for more than 40 years, Russell shows us things here he hasn't before, putting more of himself on the line to convey a complex personal reality..." 02/21/2003 p.C8
Total Film "...Kurt Russell's mace-first, questions-later cop is a giant creation....A rough and jagged urban thriller..." 11/01/2003 p.112
Ron Shelton
Kurt Russell
Cast & Crew
Brendan Gleeson - Actor
Khandi Alexander - Actor
Kurt Russell - Actor
Lolita Davidovich - Actor
Michael Michele - Actor
Scott Speedman - Actor
Barry Peterson - Cinematographer
Ron Shelton - Director
Paul Seydor - Editor
David Blocker, et al. - Producer
David Ayer - Screenplay
Technical Info
Catalog ID 1004603
UPC 00027616886446
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 118 minutes
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English, French Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
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ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review 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. It is a clanging coincidence that the LAPD would be indicted just at the moment it was being exonerated, but then that's what the movies are for, sometimes: To provide the outcomes that history overlooked.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource L.A. Times
Review Dark Blue, a brooding, ambitious film about the struggle for the soul of an elite Los Angeles cop, has to struggle with its own soul as well. Sensitively directed by Ron Shelton and helped by what just might be the best performance of Kurt Russell's career, Dark Blue is as interesting and successful as it can be within its limits, but those limits make this a more generic film than its makers intended.
Reviewer Kenneth Turan
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource James Berardinelli's ReelViews
Review For Ron Shelton, who is best known for his sports-themed movies (like Bull Durham, Cobb, and Tin Cup , to name a few), this represents an opportunity to break new ground. Nevertheless, the film would not have been as successful without the performance of Kurt Russell. Russell's approach to the role combines combustible rage, calculated cynicism, and a deeply buried core of humanity striving for redemption. As depicted by Russell, Eldon is never an out-and-out villain. There are nuances of warped, wounded nobility buried under the brittle exterior. This represents one of the young year's most memorable acting turns. 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.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 8
DVD, Pan and Scan (TV Format), Widescreen, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, French, Spanish, Subtitled
Jeffrey Lyons, NBC Kurt Russell gives the performance of his career.
US Weekly The best cop movie since L.A. Confidential.

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