Brown's Requiem (2000)

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Based on a novel by acclaimed crime writer James Ellroy, this film stars Michael Rooker as Fritz Brown, a former L.A.P.D. detective who was kicked off the force due to his drinking. Now struggling to remain sober, Brown works as a private eye when he can, but he makes most of his money repossessing cars. One day, Brown is offered some detective work by Freddie "Fat Dog" Baker (William Sasso), a golf caddy who has some severe reservations about his younger sister, Jane (Selma Blair) and her relationship with Solly (Harold Gould), a wealthy businessman with mob connections who is old enough to be Jane's grandfather. Brown isn't interested at first, but when "Fat Dog" starts flashing an impressive bankroll, he decides to take the case. Brown's investigation of Solly causes him to cross paths with Cathcart (Brion James), the head of L.A.P.D. internal affairs who was responsible for Brown losing his job. Soon Brown runs afoul of a group of hired thugs and several key figures wind up dead as Brown tries to find out the truth about Solly and Jane. Ellroy wrote Brown's Requiem, his first novel, while he was still supporting himself as a golf caddy and breaking himself of a decade-long addiction to drugs and alcohol.
Rating:
R (adult situations/language, nudity, violence)
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Sterling Entertainment

Cast

Michael Rooker
as Fritz Brown
Tobin Bell
as Stan The Man
Selma Blair
as Jane Baker
Brad Dourif
as Wilson
Brion James
as Haywood
Valerie Perrine
as Marguerita
Will Sasso
as Freddy
Ron Barker
as Bartender
Lee Weaver
as Wino
Jack Conley
as Ralston
Kevin Jackson
as Mark Swirkal
David Labiosa
as Henry Cruz
John Prosky
as Larkin
Lisa Koch
as Lulu
Al Rodrigo
as Sandoval
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Critic Reviews for Brown's Requiem

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Full Review… | August 15, 2002
Los Angeles Times
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Boilerplate noir all the way, from the femme fatale to the hard-boiled voiceover.

Full Review… | January 4, 2010
TheMovieReport.com

Its funeral tone left me with a hang-over.

Full Review… | February 22, 2007
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Audience Reviews for Brown's Requiem

½

Hasn't cracked the basic problem of transforming the source material into a really compelling slice of cinema.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

A very average adaptation of Ellroy's novel, the film threw me a bit by being set in modern day rather than Ellroy's customary 50's Hollywood. This film is a decent effort, but still left me wanting the period feel that the material deserved. Worth a rental.

Bill Bryant
Bill Bryant

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