Dark Blue (2003)



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

Movie Info

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 policeman Eldon Perry 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 … More

Rating: R (for violence, language and brief sexuality)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: David Ayer
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 24, 2003
Box Office: $9.1M
MGM Distribution Company - Official Site


as Eldon Perry

as Bobby Keough

as Beth Williamson

as Jack Van Meter

as Arthur Holland

as Darryl Orchard

as Gary Sidwell

as James Barcomb

as Sally Perry

as Janelle Holland

as Henry Kim

as Eldon Perry III

as Deena Schultz

as Maniac

as Lucky 7 Bouncer

as Lucky 7 Bartender

as Mr. Lewis

as Lucky 7 Dancer

as Swat Leader

as Interrogation Office...

as Interrogation Office...

as Judge Russo

as Leon Taggert

as Shooting Board Offic...

as Sgt. Jakes

as Stenographer

as Officer Charlie

as Pastor Dennis

as Church Choir Singer

as Church Choir Singer

as Church Choir Singer

as Church Choir Singer

as Church Choir Singer

as New Lieutenant

as Waitress Tina

as Officer Clay

as Officer Clay

as Police Dispatcher

as Helicopter Reporter

as Newscaster
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Critic Reviews for Dark Blue

All Critics (149) | Top Critics (41)

Violent police detective teaches his partner.

Full Review… | December 22, 2010
Common Sense Media

Russell fans, take note: This is probably the strongest work he's done in movies.

Full Review… | July 29, 2007

Using the real-life Rodney King mess as a backdrop is pretty tawdry exploitation.

| October 15, 2004
Kansas City Kansan

While it doesn't avoid the familiar and formulaic (what cop movie does these days?), DARK BLUE was a pleasant surprise, and proved that Russell can save just about anything

Full Review… | May 8, 2004

Kurt Russell, um ator sempre subestimado, oferece mais uma performance digna de aplausos neste interessante filme cuja trama foi concebida por James Ellroy.

February 28, 2004
Cinema em Cena

Dark Blue gets the brain working and sheds light on a controversial topic.

Full Review… | January 6, 2004
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

Audience Reviews for Dark Blue

Though the two of them are as different as chalk and cheese, this movie reminded of 'Training Day'. Kurt Russell excels in the role of a ruthless NYPD detective Eldon Perry. Scott Speedman is equally effective as his partner Bobby Keough, whose conscience doesn't agree with Eldon's methods of handling the criminals.

The movie is an average police drama with not much action. It tries to weave too much in less than 2 hours duration of the movie, which makes it a bit messy and can cause distraction. Also the last half hour was very dull. Not highly recommended.

familiar stranger

Super Reviewer

Great neo-noir epic about crooked cops. Kurt Russell was great as always and really played with a different kind of role. The style of the film was truly unique. Who would've thought you could set such a story during the time of the Rodney King scandal, but it was done almost flawlessly. Even though Ellroy refuses to have his name on the project, you can definitely see his brand of storytelling throughout the film.

Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer


A gripping, riveting and electrifying police thriller. An endlessly compelling and dazzeling film. Kurt Russel gives the performance of his career. If the film dosent mean much to you his performance is worth watching.

Al S

Super Reviewer

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