To Live and Die in L.A.

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Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
This gritty, stylish thriller, made in 1985, did for Los Angeles what Miami Vice did for that outwardly glamorous and appealing metropolis: exposed its corrupt and repellent underside. At the time of its theatrical release, To Live and Die… set a new benchmark for urban-cop dramas; many critics were appalled by its graphic language, the brutality of its violent action scenes, and its underlying nihilism. But they generally liked William Petersen -- today the star of CSI, TV’s top drama, but then just establishing himself as an edgy leading man -- who portrays a dogged Secret Service agent obsessed with nailing the ruthless counterfeiter Willem Dafoe, in his best role up to that time responsible for killing his partner. Director William Friedkin rather self-consciously imposed upon the film a peculiar, hyper-realistic style that has proven highly influential. His characters often behave unbelievably, even foolishly, but their actions seem perfectly reasonable and acceptable within the context of the story. A well-staged, brilliantly edited car chase harkens back to Friedkin’s French Connection, and that’s just one of the action highlights in this fast-paced two hours. Although To Live and Die… remains firmly rooted in its ‘80s time frame an air reinforced by the Wang Chung score, it offers a driving pace and visceral impact that audiences have come to expect from violent urban melodramas.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/4/2011
  • UPC: 883904232704
  • Original Release: 1985
  • Rating:

  • Source: Fox Searchlight
  • Presentation: Pan & Scan
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:56:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 40,060

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
William Petersen Richard Chance
Willem Dafoe Eric Masters
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 Sr. Thomas Bateman
Michael Greene Jim Hart
Christopher Allport Max Waxman
Jack Hoar Jack
Valentin de Vargas Judge Filo Cedillo
Dwier Brown Doctor
Michael Chong Thomas Ling
Jackelyn Giroux Claudia Leith
Bobby Bass FBI Agent
Anne Betancourt Nurse
Brian Bradley Tourist
Gerald H. Brownlee Visiting Room Guard
Jack Cota Agent
Rick Dalton Agent
Gregg G. Dandridge Prison Assailant
Thomas F. Duffy Second Agent
David M. DuFriend Tower Guard
Joe Duran Prison Guard
Gilbert Espinoza Utro's bartender
Ruben Garcia Inmate Ruben
Mark Gash Himself
Edward Harrell airport guard
Earnest Hart Jr. Rice's Friend
Richard L. Lane Agent
Katherine M. Louie Ticket Agent
Bufort L. McClerkins Jr. prison assailant
Pat McGroarty Criminal
John Petievich Agent
Dar Robinson FBI Agent
Shirley J. White Airline Passenger
Donny Williams Rice's Friend
Michael Zand Terrorist
Technical Credits
William Friedkin Director, Screenwriter
Bobby Bass Stunts
Linda M. Bass Costumes/Costume Designer
Billy Bates Stunts
Kenny Bates Stunts
Jophery Brown Stunts
Billy Burton Stunts
John Casino Stunts
Phil Chong Stunts
Buddy Cone Production Designer
Phil Corey Special Effects
Wally Crowder Stunts
Steve M. Davison Stunts
Tim A. Davison Stunts
Jeff Dawn Makeup
Justin Derosa Stunts
Eddy Donno Stunts
Doc Duhame Stunts
David R. Ellis Stunts
Kenny Endoso Stunts
James M. Halty Stunts
Buddy Joe Hooker Stunts
Thomas Huff Stunts
J.Paul Huntsman Sound Editor
Gary Hymes Stunts
Lamont Jackson Stunts
Loren Janes Stunts
Pat E. Johnson Stunts
Matt Johnson Stunts
Lilly Kilvert Production Designer
Henry Kingi Stunts
Irving H. Levin Producer
Billy Lucas Stunts
Pat McGroarty Stunts
Gary McLarty Stunts
John Meier Stunts
Robby Müller Cinematographer
Jim Nickerson Stunts
Manny Perry Stunts
Gerald Petievich Screenwriter
Jon Conrad Pochron Stunts
Chad Randall Stunts
Danny Rogers Stunts
Patrick Romano Stunts
R.A. Rondell Stunts
Cricket Rowland Set Decoration/Design
Samuel Schulman Executive Producer
Bud Smith Co-producer, Editor
Scott Smith Editor
John J. Smith Production Manager
Wang Chung Score Composer
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  • Posted December 30, 2010

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    Good movie!

    Well it was and is good one of those action movies i happend to like it! pretty good movie!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    EVERYBODY WANG CHUNG TONIGHT

    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.

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