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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 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. Investigating the murders alongside Perry, Keough soon learns the grim realities of police intimidation and corruption. Meanwhile, Assistant Chief Holland is the only man in the department willing to stand up to the SIS. 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 single-handed "justice." Over the course of four days, the brutal murder and a racially charged trial trigger an explosive chain of events that resonate throughout Los Angeles.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


Kurt Russell
as Eldon Perry
Scott Speedman
as Bobby Keough
Michael Michele
as Beth Williamson
Brendan Gleeson
as Jack Van Meter
Ving Rhames
as Arthur Holland
as Darryl Orchard
Dash Mihok
as Gary Sidwell
Jonathan Banks
as James Barcomb
Lolita Davidovich
as Sally Perry
Khandi Alexander
as Janelle Holland
Dana Lee
as Henry Kim
Chapman Russell Way
as Eldon Perry III
Marin Hinkle
as Deena Schultz
Master P
as Maniac
Faleolo Alailima
as Lucky 7 Bouncer
Eddie Mui
as Lucky 7 Bartender
Wayne King
as Mr. Lewis
Kaila Yu
as Lucky 7 Dancer
Peter Weireter
as Swat Leader
Keith MacKenzie
as Interrogation Office...
Keith MacKechnie
as Interrogation Office...
David Doty
as Judge Russo
Alan Davidson
as Leon Taggert
John Fadule
as Shooting Board Offic...
Darrell Foster
as Sgt. Jakes
Heather Hutchins
as Stenographer
Gregg Miller
as Officer Charlie
Nigel Gibbs
as Pastor Dennis
Carmen Twillie
as Church Choir Singer
Carmen Twilee
as Church Choir Singer
Dorian Holley
as Church Choir Singer
Monalisa Young
as Church Choir Singer
Kudisan Kai
as Church Choir Singer
Julius Rizzotti
as New Lieutenant
Jordy Oakland
as Waitress Tina
Michael Bentt
as Officer Clay
Michael A. Bentt
as Officer Clay
Tom Todoroff
as Police Dispatcher
Robert Tur
as Helicopter Reporter
Eric Spillman
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.

Full Review… | 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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