To Live and Die in L.A. (1985)
Front Cover Actor
William L. Petersen
Willem Dafoe Eric Masters
William Petersen Richard Chance
John Pankow John Vukovich
Debra Feuer Bianca Torres
John Turturro Carl Cody
Darlanne Fluegel Ruth Lanier
Dean Stockwell Bob Grimes
Steve James Jeff Rice
Robert Downey Thomas Bateman
Michael Greene Jim Hart
Movie Details
Director William Friedkin
Studio UA Ent.; MGM (Video & DVD)
Language English
Audience Rating R
Running Time 1 hr 54 mins
Country USA
Color Color
William Friedkin briefly revived his faltering career with this sleek, bleak thriller of a pair of secret service agents on the trail of a counterfeiter. William L. Peterson is the hotshot protégé of a career agent killed by the ruthless, almost feral counterfeiting genius Willem Dafoe (Platoon). Now Petersen, teamed with the smart but still green John Pankow (TV's Mad About You), is ready to twist arms, lean on criminals, steal, and even murder to exact his revenge. The harrowing chase through the streets of Los Angeles that climaxes on the freeway at rush hour, where Friedkin's brilliant twist sends them heading the wrong way, careening through a sea of cars coming straight at them, is still one of the most breathtaking car chases ever filmed. Friedkin's edgy crime thriller, stylishly shot in steely blues against hazy red and orange skies by Robby Muller (Paris, Texas), paints a very thin line between the good guys and the bad guys, and Wang Chung's techno soundtrack sets the proper mood--jumpy and alienated. It's a cynical and very brutal look into the world of law enforcement (adapted by Friedkin and former Secret Service man Gerald Petievich from his novel) and a cold portrayal of the power games between cops and feds, and cops and informants. John Turturro, Dean Stockwell, and Robert Downey Jr. are featured in supporting roles. --Sean Axmaker
Personal Details
My Rating
Seen It No
Index 961
Collection Status In Collection
Purchase Date 12/8/03
Purchase Price $10.00
Store Fry's
Owner JC
Links IMDB
Amazon US
Folder 008
Product Details
Edition (Special Edition)
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio 1.85:1
UPC 027616886453
Release Date 2003
Subtitles English; French; Spanish
Audio Tracks English Dolby Digital 5.1
French Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Color Closed-captioned Widescreen