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Dark Blue (2003)

Kurt Russell , Ving Rhames , Ron Shelton  |  R |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Kurt Russell, Ving Rhames, Scott Speedman, Michael Michele, Brendan Gleeson
  • Directors: Ron Shelton
  • Writers: David Ayer, James Ellroy
  • Producers: Caldecot Chubb, David Blocker, Guy East, James Jacks, Moritz Borman
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: June 24, 2003
  • Run Time: 118 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JLO8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,565 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Dark Blue" on IMDb

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Set during the tense times of the LA riots, the film tells the story of Eldon Perry, veteran officer of the Los Angeles Police's special investigation squad as he tutors a new police officer who comes to learn the depth of corruption in his own police department.
Genre: Feature Film-Action/Adventure
Rating: R
Release Date: 23-DEC-2003
Media Type: DVD

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38 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't go by the trailer. April 14, 2003
By R. Long
Many people were misled by the original ad campaign for "dark Blue". The trailer for "Dark Blue" tried to showcase the film as a straightforward shoot-'em-up flick, but that's not the case. Many people figured that "Dark Blue" was a film that was slapped together quickly to capitalize on the then-success of "Training Day".... which also isn't the case.
For those who actually took the time to go see "Dark Blue" (I was one of those few), they were rewarded with a satisfying, compelling crime drama. Kurt Russell, one of the most outrageously underrated actors in film, gives one of his all-time great performances as a semi-corrupt cop prowling the streets in Los Angeles, circa the Rodney King trial. His balancing act between the cynicism and corruption of his daily life, and the dormant idealism of his youth, is extraordinary to watch. "Dark Blue" is also a return to form for "Bull Durham" director Ron Shelton, who delivers his best movie since "White Men Can't Jump". And there's also some guy called Ving Rhames....
I highly recommend "Dark Blue." - ****1/2, rounded up to 5 stars.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a powerful performance by Kurt Russell June 4, 2004
A Film by Ron Shelton
Dark Blue opens with what looks like it is an episode of COPS but turns out to be a police chase that ends up as the Rodney King beating by L.A. cops. The movie then turns to show that the cops involved in the incident are now on trial and there are whispers that if the cops get off (as most expect that the will), the city will erupt. It is with this tension that we are introduced to Eldon Perry (Kurt Russell). Perry is an L.A. detective (plainclothes) and is somewhat of a controversial figure. He does his job, gets the criminals, but his methods are suspect. He follows orders, but uses somewhat excessive force in getting the bad guy. Perry views his job as the good guys (cops) versus the bad guys and that he is justified in using any means necessary in getting the bad guys.
Perry has a new partner, a young cop named Bobby Keough (Scott Speedman). Near the beginning of the movie we see Bobby in an internal review on his use of force in a case. Bobby shot a perp and with Perry's testimony he is cleared of all internal charges. The movie is less a pure story driven film than it is a revealing of who Perry is and the situation of the L.A.P.D. during the Rodney King era. There is corruption starting at the top and there are idealistic cops (usually young) and there are some cops like Arthur Holland (Ving Rhames) who are still upstanding men and trying to do the right thing even when the other captains are not.
This is a harsh look at the L.A.P.D. at a very heated time with the riots just around the corner (indeed, the Rodney King riots begin during the movie). It is a whole lot better than I could have expected and this has to be one of Kurt Russell's best roles. This is one of the better police movies that you will see and is an under-looked gem of 2002.
-Joe Sherry
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great performance by Kurt Russell July 6, 2003
A dark, troubled film about a dark, trouble time Dark Blue was inspired by a James Ellroy story (L.A. Confidential) and has all of the twists and turns one would expect from Ellroy. It's an unusual movie for director Ron Shelton to tackle and he does an admirable job with the material.
Set during the days before the Rodney King verdict, Dark Blue looks at the loss of innocence of one police officer and the potential redemption of another. The cast is outstanding with Kurt Russell deserving of an Acadmey Award nomination (not likely to happen given how early in the year the film was released and the way MGM promoted it)as L.A.P.D. veteran Eldon Perry. Perry has descended into hell and can't seem to escape its torments. He's become a corrupt individual (somewhat like Denzel Washington in Training Day although, arguably, this is a much better film)who has decided to fight criminals by ignoring the rules.
His new, fresh faced partner Bobby Keough (played by Scott Speedman)is Perry's naive, honest and younger doppleganger. Keough is sucked into Perry's world when he must lie during a hearing about a bust where the criminal was killed. The marvelous Brendan Gleeson gives a oily performance as their boss Jack Van Meter . He's playing both sides of the fence and smothered by corruption; he's sold his soul for money using the job to advance his own agenda.
Ving Rhames turns in a nicely nuanced performance as Assistant Chief of Police Arthur Holland. Holland knows about the darkness at the heart of the department and Van Meter's role in destroying the integrity of those in blue. He's convinced he can turn around the situation but he has his own skeleton in his closet waiting to undermine his authority.
I don't want to go into the nicely detailed plot. It would spoil the film.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A lot of wasted potential here.... July 26, 2003
I gave this 3 star film 4 stars, just because of the really terrific effort and performance by the underrated Kurt Russell. Prior to "Dark Blue" I really only thought Russell could do well with comedy -- his Captain Ron is a howl, and he was incredible as an action hero with a light touch ("Snake" in the "Escape From" films).
Here he is undermined by the direction of the film. Although he's had a few decent outings, Ron Shelton has not turned in a film worthy to keep him employed since "Bull Durham". Given decent material (story by James Ellroy, screenplay adapted by David Ayer, who did "Training Day") a terrific premise that tied the film into the Rodney King riots, and some decent supporting actors (none of whom was coached into a palatable performance), Ron Shelton made a mediocre movie. His newest, "Hollywood Homicide", is horrible. It's time for producers and film companies to wake up and let Shelton retire from the trade....
Only Russell rises above the direction, and even fine character actor Ving Rhames overacts in his role. Russell has an incredible scene where he's upbraided by his boss and mentor, in front of a rookie cop (Scott Speedman, miscast as a cop)who is his new partner. Just the facial expressions alone give you his seething anger in the face of his hero-worship for the commander.
Story lines about Russell's marriage and Speedman's love affair are wasted, but strangely, the movie IS compelling through the final scenes. Russell's cop is probably a caricature of the real "cowboy cops" in LA in those days, but you find yourself believing in him, despite his flaws.
Decent DVD production and camera work, but overall, rent the DVD instead of purchasing. If you are a Russell maven, you must have this one for your collection, though!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie.
Published 7 days ago by Marco P. Debe
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Published 3 months ago by Edward D. Hederman
2.0 out of 5 stars A Bit Thin
I am a Kurt Russell fan, but this storyline was a bit much...too many coincidences (the chief's assistant?) and nepotism that a.) would never happen and b. Read more
Published 4 months ago by ju
1.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't Get Into It.
I didn't get past the first 15 minutes. It started out slow and then slowed down. I was expecting better given the cast.
Published 5 months ago by William Martinous
1.0 out of 5 stars no where near Kurts best
Old idea even for the beginning of the century and not impressive given the skills of the actors who appear.
Published 5 months ago by CLeopard
3.0 out of 5 stars Dark Blue
Not one of Russells best efforts. OK for the background setting and seems to be historically accurate. Action scenes were done ok. Read more
Published 5 months ago by GF Raymond
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it.
Excellent movie.I've never seen Kurt Russell play a character quite like this one. He was awesome and so is this movie. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Lori H.
2.0 out of 5 stars It didn't do it for me.
I have liked Kurt Russell in much of what he has done, but this show didn't do it for me. After watching about three-fourths of the first episode, I backed out of it. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Kenneth Anderson
4.0 out of 5 stars LA Alert
Gritty story. A bit predictable but a must watch for Kurt Russell fans. Strong language used at times in this movie.
Published 6 months ago by Saltwater guy
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT MOVIE
Kurt Russell ,played an awesome part he is one of my favorite actors.i like the action and the drama. fantastic movie.
Published 6 months ago by james e gough
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