To Live and Die in L.A. (1985)

R   |    |  Action, Crime, Drama


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A fearless Secret Service agent will stop at nothing to bring down the counterfeiter who killed his partner.


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  • John Pankow and William Petersen in To Live and Die in L.A. (1985)
  • Willem Dafoe and Debra Feuer in To Live and Die in L.A. (1985)
  • John Pankow and William Petersen in To Live and Die in L.A. (1985)
  • Willem Dafoe in To Live and Die in L.A. (1985)
  • John Pankow and William Petersen in To Live and Die in L.A. (1985)
  • John Pankow and William Petersen in To Live and Die in L.A. (1985)

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21 January 2004 | fertilecelluloid
Raw, brilliant crime thriller
When Friedkin went "back on the streets" in 1985 to make TO LIVE AND DIE IN L.A., he made a classic that will endure and that perfectly captures its 80's milieu.

I don't understand these idiots who complain how a film is "dated" by its music. Of course a film is "dated" by its specific elements, but so what. This superb film, which has an amazingly kinetic Wang Cheung score, is about a time (the mid-eighties) and place (L.A.) that is now history, and it is a punishing document.

The film works on many levels. Yes, it is about counterfeiting and superficial (re: counterfeit) relationships. It is about greed, survival, justice and morality. It is also about human beings using and laying to waste other human beings.

These powerful ingredients weave their way through a police procedural/action thriller plot that never stops to catch its breath and is pure cinema.

Willem Dafoe is totally engrossing as the film's villain, while William Peterson delivers a highly focused, tough turn. Dean Stockwell is also a stand-out as a crook lawyer and real cop Jack Hoar is quietly spectacular as Dafoe's mule.

And the film boasts one unbelievable car chase that has not been equaled since.

But LIVE AND DIE is also a film that expertly marries the visual to the aural and depicts a part of Southern California that has not been so credibly depicted before.

Dynamite!

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