Dark Blue

Dark Blue

Ron Shelton (2002)

15 Certificate


Our Score
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.


A tough detective's loyalty is tested when he is called on to testify against corrupt officers whose no-holds-barred and racist approach to law enforcement has caused the authorities to take drastic action. Thriller set in the days leading up to the infamous Los Angeles riots of 1992, starring Kurt Russell, Ving Rhames, Brendan Gleeson, Scott Speedman and Michael Michele.

Cast & 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
Director Ron Shelton
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Momentum PicturesGuidance: Violence, swearing and sex scenes.Available on: video and DVDReleased on: 4 Jul 2003