R | | Action, Crime, Drama
An experienced cop and his rookie partner patrol the streets of East Los Angeles while trying to keep the gang violence under control.
After working alongside Mickey Rourke on Rumble Fish (1983), Dennis Hopper was so impressed with his abilities, that he told Rourke he wanted him as his leading man for his next two directing projects, which would have started with this movie, with Rourke in the lead role as Officer Danny McGavin. Although it was informally agreed to by Rourke, when time came for filming, Rourke was immersed in other projects, and so Hopper cast Penn instead.
Hey Hodges, what do you think about all those hot shot jitter bugs, huh?
Bob Hodges: What about 'em?
Diaz: You never went for this shit, did you?
Bob Hodges: No way.
At the beginning of the movie, while Hodges and Pacman are at the bridge in the car, he goes to drive away, but actually moves the gear into park.
The original theatrical version wasn't shortened but scenes were added when Virgin released the VHS in the UK, marketed as a bonus rather than as a Director's Cut. In the 'international VHS version' two scenes were extended.
$4,747,118 17 April 1988
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