Dark Blue

  • 15
  • Ron Shelton (2002)
  • US / Ger / UK
  • 113 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

Based on a story by James Ellroy, this routine police thriller is given some much needed impact by the muscular performance of Kurt Russell. Set in the run-up to the LA riots, it follows Russell's uncompromising cop as he keeps the peace with extreme prejudice, carrying on the corruption that has been handed down through generations in the face of a new, more officious breed of policeman (represented here by Ving Rhames). It's a well trodden beat - related better in the likes of Internal Affairs - and the overfamiliar story is marred by obvious plotting, grating dialogue and a distinct lack of rounded characterisations. However, it comes to life when Russell is on the screen, fully inhabiting his monstrous character and never attempting to engage our sympathies.

Plot Summary

Police thriller based on a story by James Ellroy, starring Kurt Russell. On the tough streets of LA, battle-weary cop Eldon Perry is assigned to a multiple murder investigation with rookie Bobby Keough as his assistant. With the city at breaking point following the police beating of African-American Rodney King, Perry shows his young charge that in order to get "justice" you sometimes have to cross over to the wrong side of the law.

Cast and crew


Eldon Perry
Kurt Russell
Bobby Keough
Scott Speedman
Beth Williamson
Michael Michele
Jack Van Meter
Brendan Gleeson
Arthur Holland
Ving Rhames
Sally Perry
Lolita Davidovich
Gary Sidwell
Dash Mihok


Ron Shelton

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Momentum Pictures
Violence, swearing and sex scenes.
Available on video and DVD
Released 4 Jul 2003
Certificate 15