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Dark blue

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Movie propaganda

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Set in the Los Angeles Police Department in April 1992, Dark blue is a dramatic thriller that takes place just days before the acquittal of four white officers in the beating of black motorist Rodney King and the subsequent LA riots. In this racially-charged climate, the LAPD's elite Special Investigations Squad (SIS) is assigned a high-profile quadruple homicide. As they work the case, veteran detective Eldon Perry (Kurt Russell), known for his tough street tactics and fiery temper, tutors SIS rookie Bobby Keough (Scott Speedman) in the grim realities of police intimidation and corruption. Meanwhile, Assistant Chief Holland (Ving Rhames), the only man in the department willing to stand up to the SIS, threatens to end Perry's brand of single-handed "justice" on the Los Angeles streets. While navigating through the tumultuous neighbourhoods of South Central LA, Perry and Keough must track down cold-blooded killers and face their own demons, which prove to be more ruthless than the criminals they pursue.

Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film police crime corruption murder rookie Los Angeles corruption South Central

Persons of interest

  • Kurt Russell .... Detective Sergeant Eldon Perry Junior
  • Scott Speedman .... Detective Bobby Keough
  • Michael Michele .... Beth Williamson
  • Brendan Gleeson .... Jack Van Meter
  • Kurupt .... Darrell Orchard
  • Ving Rhames .... Arthur Holland
  • Dash Mihok .... Gary Sidwell
  • Jonathan Banks .... James Barcomb
  • Lolita Davidovich .... Sally Perry
  • Khandi Alexander .... Janelle Holland
  • Dana Lee .... Henry Kim
  • Chapman Russell Way .... Eldon Perry III
  • Marin Hinkle .... Deena Schultz
  • James Ellroy .... Storywriter
  • David Ayer .... Screenwriter
  • Ron Shelton .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

Dark blue (referring to the LAPD uniform) is a mixture of Training day and TV's The badge. Rough-as-guts, crooked older cop attempts to turn innocent, seriously cute, young rookie to the dark side. Dark blue is different from Training day because the old cop is Anglo-American not African-American and it's set during the Rodney King riots. It's also grittier and less pretentious, like The badge with a bigger budget.

There's lots of running around, too.

Security censorship classification

MA 15+ (Medium level violence)

Surveillance time

118 minutes (1:58 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 7 August 2003

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