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Dirty [UMD for PSP]

3.8 out of 5 stars 44 customer reviews

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In the tradition of Training Day and Man on Fire, Academy Award winner Cuba Gooding, Jr. (Jerry Maguire) stars in this hard-edged story of a gangbanger turned cop who is forced to choose between his conscience and his loyalty to the code of blue all in the course of one day. Having been a gangbanger at only 10 years old, Armando Sancho (Clifton Collins, Jr., Capote) always found acceptance in being a part of a group. The only thing better than king of the street? -- a gangster with a badge. Recruited into an undercover, rogue anti-gang unit of the LAPD at only 28 years old, Sancho brings his street smarts into the force that he swore to protect. But the line between loyalty and protection becomes blurred when one night on a routine investigation, Sancho's partner Salim (Gooding) kills an innocent man. Unable to deal with his partner's actions and haunted by his conscience, Sancho agrees to testify against his superiors regarding the ongoing criminal enterprises of his squad in excha

Product Details

  • Actors: Taboo, Tory Kittles, Clifton Collins Jr, Keith David, Wyclef Jean
  • Directors: Chris Fisher
  • Producers: Timothy Wayne Peternel, David Hillary, Ash Shah
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 1, 2008
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00180IPNK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #329,991 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Format: DVD
Do not be fooled by the description that Amazon gives you. This is not a re-hashing of a Training Day type story. Although it might seem like so in the beginning, the movie leads you down one street, and then takes a VERY sharp turn at the end.

Clifton Collins does a very good job in his first(I think) starring role. If you have seen him in 187, then you should already know that he is a solid young actor. Cuba Gooding does excellent as usual, although his character is quite the disturbing individual. Some of his actions will make you sick if you are used to seeing him as the "good natured, black guy" he usually portrays. Also, rising star Khleo Thomas has a surprising Adult role in here. Do not let your kids see this movie based on that fact that he is in the movie. This is a graphic and sometimes downright nasty movie. But it is good. All around great acting, good story, and, as I said, just when you think you know everything, SLAP!!!!!! Guess again. Very good, relatively unknown movie. Recommended.
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By A Customer on April 30, 2006
Format: DVD
I'm sure there's a good film under here somewhere, beneath all the racial epithets, the profanity, the noisy jump cut editing, the convoluted plot, the quasi day-of-the-dead symbolism, and the truly over-the-top performances by the two leads Cuba Gooding Jr. and Clifton Collins Jr. There's a lot of blood spilled, and guns drawn on the violence-laden Los Angeles streets in Dirty, but nothing is ever solved and the City seems to remain a place of hell and damnation.

Dirty is a nasty, gritty, and mean-spirited film, where viewers will have to suspend disbelief at much of what goes on. Part Training Day and part Crash, but with a baroque, music video edge. Cuba Gooding Jr. plays Cuba Gooding Jr. makes a desperate leap to the bad side playing Salim Adel so loathsome he makes even the most evil screen character soft and cuddly.

Salim is a bad, bad man - he routinely harasses and humiliates white drivers in fancy cars who have gotten lost, and manually rapes a young Latino teenager with his finger. Reportedly based on the rampart scandal that rocked the LAPD a few years ago, Dirty follows Salim and his loyal Mexican-American partner Armando Sancho (Clifton Collins Jr.) through an especially stressful day.

Sancho, a former gang member, is so haunted by the shooting of an innocent bystander at a crime scene. But Sancho and Salim are now both cops and they're being protected from prosecution by the low-down, rotten Captain Spain (Keith David) along with his shifty lieutenant (Cole Hauser).

When the lieutenant asks the partners to remove a bag of heroin from the evidence room as part of a scheme that could make everybody rich, Adel jumps at the opportunity while Sancho has misgivings.
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DIRTY seems to be confused as to what it is. The viewer is lead to believe that the LAPD has an undercover anti-gang force made op of ex-gangbangers who know the streets and therefore know how to break the codes that allow gang crimes of drugs and violence to continue unfettered by arrests. Yes, we are all aware of the Rampart scandal that perhaps is the nidus for this story, but what DIRTY shows is a group of despicable, foul mouthed, evil, crime perpetrating opportunists who will do anything to make a hit - all 'protected' by a police force that condones their actions.

Cuba Gooding, Jr. is a fine actor whose recent roles have not allowed him to demonstrate his craft. Perhaps he wanted a role as a bad guy (in the vein of Denzel Washington, Richard Gere et al who opt for smarmy roles to 'prove' their acting grit!), but he is artificial in this film as a man willing and waiting to do filthy deeds without conscience. He is paired with the also fine actor Clifton Collins, Jr. as the Hispanic equivalent of Gooding's Black bad cop. The story jumps all over the place with so many subplots and characters identifiable only by their total body tattoo differences and hampered by a script that depends on the F word and the N word and M**F** word as a means of communication.

Gooding and Collins are partners and while Gooding seems to be the major offender to decency, Collins does little about it, leading us to believe he is an innocent victim to the Internal Affairs investigation that appears to be the endpoint of this drama. Just when the viewer is saturated by the dirt of this film's techniques and story, the gritty collision of loyalty and redemption enters at the very end, making reflection on the tale that has been assaulting our senses almost embarrassing for the viewer.
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Based loosely upon a blend of Training Day and the LAPD's Rampart scandal, two former gangbangers turned police officers - Armando Sancho (Clifton Collins Jr.) and Salim Adel (Cuba Gooding Jr.) - are embroiled in an Internal Affairs investigation over a civilian shooting. They must patrol the underworld, sifting through various crimes and competing gangs (primarily Mexican) amidst the drug and turf wars of LA for one last day, sweating the impending IA appointment, the memories of the accidental death, and their varying loyalties to former friends and gang members.

Violence and vulgarity abound, as Cuba does a watered down Denzel impersonation - snarled lip, incessant F-bombs, N-word in every other sentence - while Collins does his best to portray the troubled conscience in a good cop, bad cop relationship. The only problem is, there needs to be a good cop for this to work, which it doesn't, since Sancho is complicit in the evil unleashed by Adel. The performances were fine, but never really pulled me in. Sorry, but Cuba Gooding Jr. is a good guy, and there is nothing his smiling, cherubic face can do about it. Somewhere in there the script finds time to squeeze Cole Hauser in as a generic evil lieutenant; so generic in fact, that he doesn't even have a name. Just "Lieutenant." Appropriately, Hauser mails it in like he's late for another third most important character acting gig (i.e. the norm).

Plenty of gun-play...if that's your thing. There's even a semblance of build-up and character development. Sure, Adel is nasty, and, yes, the police abuse is there, but it just doesn't work.
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