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To Live and Die in L.A. [Blu-ray] (1985)

Willem Dafoe , Debra Feuer , William Friedkin  |  R |  Blu-ray
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (201 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Willem Dafoe, Debra Feuer, Darlanne Fluegel, John Pankow, William L. Petersen
  • Directors: William Friedkin
  • Writers: William Friedkin, Gerald Petievich
  • Format: AC-3, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: February 2, 2010
  • Run Time: 116 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (201 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0024F08KQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #209,182 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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TO LIVE AND DIE IN LA - Blu-Ray Movie

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152 of 157 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bang Bang October 28, 2003
Format:DVD
It's nice to see that there are plenty of fans of this often-overlooked gem from 1985. This has to be one of the best crime movies in a long time, and easily one of the best counterfeiting movies as it shows this dirty business from all angles.
William Friedkin was on top of the world for a brief time in the 1970s. After Cruising (1980), he suffered personal and professional setbacks. This film is proof positive that he is an exceptionally talented director with some of the best technical skills in the biz. Indeed, Rules of Engagement and The Hunted provide recent proof that he can still deliver the goods.
To Live and Die in LA is not your ordinary cops and robber, dirty money, sex and violence tale. The casting and the scripting are excellent; there is a lot up on the screen. The characters are not superhero cops and crooks, but human beings driven by greed, revenge, hubris, and lust for money, power, and violence. William Chance (the excellent William Petersen of current CSI fame) is a Secret Service agent whose partner is murdered by counterfeiter extraordinaire Eric Masters (Willem Dafoe). Chance swears to take down Masters, one way or the other, a promise that sends he and his new partner Vukovitch into a tailspin of cat and mouse where they break the rules and get in over their heads. This is not the old buddy movie formula or the typical Dirty Harry and the new partner scenario by a long shot. Chance is an appropriate name for the hotdog agent who enjoys base jumping in his spare time (note the quick flash to his jump off the Vincent Thomas during the hectic chase). Vukovitch is caught between doing right by his partner and bringing his career and his life crashing down.
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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Great Neo-Noirs Stands the Test of Time. April 29, 2005
Format:DVD
When I saw "To Live and Die in L.A." in the 1980s, I was struck by its worldliness, its style, its sexual energy, and its shocker of an ending. It was immediately one of my favorite films of the decade. I recently watched the film again to see if it withstood the test of time. And I was a little surprised to find that "To Live and Die in L.A." is still one of the most complex and cynical neo-noir films, 20 years after it was made. The film was based on the novel "To Live and Die in L.A." by former Secret Service agent Gerald Petievich and adapted for the screen by Petievich and director William Friedkin, the creative force behind the previous decade's "The Exorcist" and "The French Connection". At the risk of being blasphemous, I have always found "To Live and Die in L.A." more memorable than "The French Connection", which is why I was tempted to see it again.

When his partner is killed while tracking down a notorious counterfeiter, hotshot Secret Service agent Richard Chance (William Petersen) vows to nail the killer at any cost. The counterfeiter is Rick Masters (Willem Dafoe), a promising abstract expressionist painter and cunning criminal. Together with his new straight-arrow but spineless partner John Vukovich (John Pankow), Chance tries surveillance, extortion, and subterfuge to incriminate Masters, but Masters is always one step ahead of him. Chance resorts to stealing funds for an undercover operation, and even the corrupt interplay of cops and criminals begins to unravel.

Director William Friedkin wanted a cast of virtual unknowns, and maybe that's why "To Live and Die in L.A."'s box office receipts didn't reflect its quality.
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It is about time!!! GREAT MOVIE November 9, 2003
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Richard Chance ( William Petersen), is a member of the Secret Service who loves to live on the edge, and play by his own rules. Eric Masters ( Willem Dafoe) is a master at creating counterfiet cash, and is at the top of the agency's most wanted list for killing Chance's long time partner. Now Chance is willing to do whatever it takes to take Masters down, and the line between cop and criminal is starting to run thin. Both Chance and Masters waver on both sides of the law, as they take us on a cat and mouse chase through the streets of L.A. that is extremely suspenseful and never lets up!
"To Live and Die in L.A.", has to be one of the most suspenseful and action packed crime films that I have ever seen. Director William Friedkin is best known for the films "French Connection" and "The Exorcist". However, this has to be his best film. This is the first crime film that I have ever seen, that deals solely with the Secret Service, and NOT the FBI, CIA, or the police. That alone, makes it original. Not to mention the fact, that this is the only crime film, where the hero of the story has traits of a villan and is vulnerable. Some of Petersen's actions are actually questionable. William Petersen is an outstanding actor , and I have enjoyed all of his films. Secret Serive Agent Richard Chance, is one of his best characters by far because he loves to live on the edge, and plays by his own rules. Willem Dafoe is amazing in everything he does, and Eric Masters is one of his best roles. Masters is the story's villan, who is cold, calculating, highly intelligent, charming, and extremely ruthless! You don't know whether to like the guy, or hate the guy. John Turturo and Dean Stockwell are also both outstanding in their roles.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars TO love and thrill in L.A.
I remember seeing this film when it was originally released in 85’ and loved it. Even as I was watching it, it seemed to capture the vibe of that time, the culture and Miami Vice... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Joker-scar
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
There is not much to add as far as comments on this great movie. Every think about it is terrific. The extras on the Blu-Ray were interesting.
Published 2 months ago by Pejaysea
5.0 out of 5 stars Non stop action in a great film
If you like a good action movie with great acting, you'll love this. Without going into plot details, it's psychopathic cops going after psychopathic bad guys with all the action... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Goat_Whisperer
4.0 out of 5 stars VERY 80'S
Great movie, have watched it for years and decided to get my own copy. Definitely a seamier side of Los Angeles, some real twists and turns, offbeat characters, Wang Chung music. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mary
5.0 out of 5 stars highly underrated
saw this originally many years ago...it stayed with me for days...effect was the same now...raw & powerful...just as overwhelming today...
Published 3 months ago by Jill I. Knopf
5.0 out of 5 stars The CAR Chase ++++++AWESOME
This is a Great overlooked 80,s Movie and as usual it contains Friedkins deeply flawed characters... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Christopher G. Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Freidken cult classic
With this film, "I am held in some invisible vice, and I can't get away." AND I LOVE IT!!! Always have from the first time I saw it!!!
Published 4 months ago by The Writer
5.0 out of 5 stars A good one !!
I had seen it before.
It is one of the best thriller movies I have seen.
You must see it.
Published 4 months ago by Nemat Samadzadeh
5.0 out of 5 stars pretty good movie, better soundtrack
Great movie, better soundtrack. The ending wasn't very good..overall pretty good movie!!! I give it 5 stars b/c of the soundtrack!!!
Published 4 months ago by Dustin Piper
5.0 out of 5 stars Great flick - find a cheaper dvd.
Overlooked 80's flick. Great cop flick. Great music. Do you need bluray? Probably not - dvd would work out fine.
Published 5 months ago by EMM
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