To Live and Die in L.A.Director: William Friedkin, William Petersen, Willem Dafoe, John Pankow
William Friedkin's crime thriller, based on a book by U.S. Secret Service agent Gerald Petievich, concerns an arrogant Secret Service official who wants to get his man at any price. Willem Dafoe plays Eric Masters, an ultra-smooth counterfeiter who has managed to sidestep the police for years. He is so up-front about his dealings, in fact, that when some undercover agents try to make a deal with him at his health club, Eric tells them, "I've been coming to this gym three times a week for five years. I'm an easy guy to find. People know they can trust me." But when young and eager Secret Service agent Richard Chance (William L. Petersen) finds out that his partner has been cold-bloodedly murdered by Eric, he trains his relentlessness upon capturing Eric -- whether it means robbery, murder, or exploiting his friends and associates. As Chance erases the dividing line between good and evil, he drags his new partner John Vukovich (John Pankow) and Ruth Lanier (Darlanne Fluegel), an ex-con, down into the maelstrom with him.
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Well it was and is good one of those action movies i happend to like it! pretty good movie!
One of the best film soundtracks of the last 10 or 50 years can be found here. Wang Chung's ultra-80's score bolsters one of the best crime dramas from that decade. William Friedkin knows cop films, he knows formula and he seldom screws up. He's at his best here with a lightening speed tale of vengence and self destruction on both sides of the law on the seemy side of Los Angeles. Great work by William L. Petersen, Wilem DaFoe and Dean Stockwell and a supporting cast of perfection in important key small roles. A modern classic.