• To Live and Die in L.A. (2002)

To Live and Die in L.A.

Release Date: November 1st, 2002

DVD Release Date: December 2nd, 2003

R |1 hr 56 min

Plot Summary

When his longtime partner on the force is killed, reckless U.S. Secret Service agent Richard Chance (William L. Petersen) vows revenge, setting out to nab dangerous counterfeit artist Eric Masters (Willem Dafoe). Along with his new, straitlaced partner, John Vukovich (John Pankow), Chance sets up a scheme to entrap Masters, resulting in the accidental death of an undercover officer. As Chance's desire for justice becomes an obsession, Vukovich questions the lawless methods he employs.

Cast: William Petersen, Willem Dafoe, John Pankow, Debra Feuer, John Turturro, Darlanne Fluegel, Dean Stockwell, Steve James

Director: William Friedkin

Genres: Crime drama

Production Co: New Century Productions

Distributors: Vestron Video, MGM/UA Home Entertainment Inc.

Keywords: Revenge, 1980s, Rivalry, Los Angeles, Intense, Fall, Pursuit, Murder

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Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    In the hierarchy of great movie chase sequences, the recent landmarks include the chases under the Brooklyn elevated tracks in "The French Connection" down the hills of San Francisco in "Bullitt" and through the Paris Metro in "Diva." Those chases were not only thrilling in their own right, but they also reflected the essence of the cities where they took place. Now comes William Friedkin, director of "The French Connection," with a new movie that contains another chase that belongs on that short list. show more

  • 80

    For those who enjoy indulging in an exciting, moody, stylized cop drama molded from the best of templates and carved out of '80s pop art, To Live and Die in LA is a truly great way to spend an evening. show more

  • 100
    Wesley MorrisSan Francisco Examiner

    To Live and Die in L.A. is as urgent and exhilaratingly paced as anything William Friedkin's done. show more

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