To Live and Die in L.A.
1985, Crime/Drama, 1h 56m35 Reviews 10,000+ Ratings
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With coke fiends, car chases, and Wang Chung galore, To Live and Die in L.A. is perhaps the ultimate '80s action/thriller. Read critic reviews
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Eric 'Rick' Masters
Critic Reviews for To Live and Die in L.A.
"To Live and Die in L.A." will live briefly and die quickly in L.A., where God hath no wrath like a studio executive with bad grosses.January 2, 2018 | Full Review…
It feels like a transmission from a different planet.June 14, 2017 | Full Review…
Engrossing and diverting enough on a moment-to-moment basis but is overtooled.October 29, 2008 | Full Review…
Friedkin plays it as brutal and cynical as he ever did with The French Connection...June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
On its own terms, it's a considerable success, though it's a film that sacrifices everything in the interests of style.May 20, 2003 | Rating: 3/5
The film isn't just about cops and robbers, but about two systems of doing business, and how one of the systems finds a way to change itself in order to defeat the other.January 1, 2000 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
Audience Reviews for To Live and Die in L.A.
Mar 21, 2013Explicit business depth on both sides of the crime drama about counterfeiting. How original. The chase sequence on the wrong side of the freeway has thrills too.Max G Super Reviewer
Nov 29, 2011William Friedkin is a fantastic director. He can surely make a bad film, but when he's working with a good script, magic can be made. "To Live and Die in L.A." is nothing remarkable in turns of plot development, although there are a fair share of twists and turns, but the ferocity with which it is directed is astounding. Such an involving crime film.
Oct 28, 2011Friedkin gives us one of the best Crime Dramas I have ever seen! This is such a great movie and I cannot believe it has taken me this long to see it!Jason R Super Reviewer
Oct 23, 2011William Friedkin is a fantastic director. He sets up the entire scene like a painter, adding detail to every single inch. You can always find something new in each shot. It's artistry like that that mesmerizes the hell out of me. I was also deeply impressed by the pure complexity of To Live and Die in L.A. At the beginning of the famous car chase scene, there's this shot that rises from Chance's car, up along the highway, meets up with the red car in pursuit of Chance, then moves back to Chance's car. And all of this is going on while the cars are going at top speeds. Maybe I'm just biased towards crime films. Crime is a genre that typically impresses me. The characters are always easy to get involved with, the storyline is typically riveting, and all of the technical aspects are usually right on par with everything else. William Friedkin is a director that has mastered this genre, and I've only seen two of his films. I think I might add him to my "Favorite Directors" list.
To Live and Die in L.A. Quotes
|Vukovich:||You work for me now.|
|Richard Chance:||if you want bread go to a baker.|
|Richard Chance:||If you want bread go to a baker.|
|Richard Chance:||Guess what? Uncle Sam donâ??t give a shit about your expenses. You want bread, fuck a baker.|
|Richard Chance:||Guess what? Uncle Sam don't give a shit about your expenses. You want bread, fuck a baker.|
|Eric Masters:||You're beautiful.|