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To Live and Die in L.A. (1985)

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

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Ruth Lanier (as Darlanne Fleugel)
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Working largely in cases of counterfeiting, LA based Secret Service agent Richie Chance exhibits reckless behavior which according to his longtime and now former partner Jimmy Hart will probably land him in the morgue before he's ready to retire. That need for the thrill manifests itself in his personal life by his love of base jumping. Professionally, it is demonstrated by the fact that he is sextorting a parolee named Ruth Lanier, who feeds him information in return for him not sending her back to prison for some trumped up parole violation. With his new partner John Vukovich, Chance is more determined than ever, based on recent circumstances, to nab known longtime counterfeiter Ric Masters, who is more than willing to use violence against and kill anyone who crosses him. Masters is well aware that the Secret Service is after him. Masters' operation is somewhat outwardly in disarray, with Chance being able to nab his mule, Carl Cody, in the course of moving some of the fake money, ... Written by Huggo

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1 November 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Vivir y morir en Los Ángeles  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)

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$967,312 (USA)
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Both William Petersen and John Pankow were involved with some adaptation of Reginald Rose's play "12 Angry Men". Petersen played Juror #12 in 12 Angry Men (1997) while Pankow played Juror #7 in the 2004 Broadway revival. Director William Friedkin directed an adaptation of this play for TV. See more »

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According to the title cards, the film begins in mid December and ends in late January. However, there is no mention whatsoever of Christmas or New Year's Day, and none of the sets has decorations of any kind for either holiday. See more »

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Credit Card Counterfeiter: Why are you chasing me?
John Vukovich: Why you running?
Credit Card Counterfeiter: 'Cause you're chasing me, man!
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Written by Darren Costin (uncredited), Nick Feldman (uncredited) and Jack Hues (uncredited)
Performed by Wang Chung
Produced by Chris Hughes and Ross Cullum (as Ross Collum)
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Strong film
19 December 2000 | by (Winnipeg) – See all my reviews

This story is very 80's, and is heavily influenced by the TV show Miami Vice. The style, clothes, music, and characters reflect that time period exactly. The direction of this film gives a slick feel; where its action, style, and seedy underside all blend in well. The story could be very predictable, but with its plots twists, and the theme that follows the saying be careful when you go hunting for monster not to become one yourself gives it originality. It has some mind blowing stunts that create tension, and if you watch the film Ronin you see where they got the car chase idea from. In all this film gives a feeling of being involved in events that go too fast, too dangerous, and too twisted. Its shows what happens to the heart when the individual becomes obsessed with what he seeks. Watch this one and love it.


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