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City of Industry (1997)

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A retired thief swears revenge on the lunatic who murdered his brother and partner, while going on the run with the loot they stole.


John Irvin


Ken Solarz
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Harvey Keitel ... Roy Egan
Stephen Dorff ... Skip Kovich
Timothy Hutton ... Lee Egan
Famke Janssen ... Rachel Montana
Wade Dominguez ... Jorge Montana
Michael Jai White ... Odell Williams
Lucy Liu ... Cathi Rose (as Lucy Alexis Liu)
Reno Wilson ... Keshaun Brown
Dana Barron ... Gena
Tamara Clatterbuck ... Sunny
Brian Brophy Brian Brophy ... Backus
François Chau ... Uncle Luke
Flex Alexander ... A Roc (as Flex)
Brian Shen Brian Shen ... Pai-Gow Dealer
Ai Wan ... Gwen


Lee Egan lures his older brother Roy out of "retirement" with a sweet jewel heist, only to get killed by a backstabbing partner; then it's up to Roy to get revenge. Written by Thomas Pluck <stripey@winternet.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Wanting a man dead can be reason enough to live. See more »


Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language, violence and some sexuality | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Release Date:

14 March 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

City of Crime See more »


Box Office


$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,374,839, 21 March 1997

Gross USA:

$1,495,332, 30 March 1997
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Largo Entertainment See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:




Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


35mm prints are five reels. See more »


Roy stays at a motel with a commercial propane (LPG) storage tank right next to his unit. This is a flagrant OSHA violation of section 1910.110, which says that large quantities must be stored at least 25 feet away from any building. See more »


Skip Kovich: Nobody rips me off!
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Alternate Versions

UK cinema and video versions were cut by 6 secs by the BBFC to remove a possibly imitable technique showing a burgled car being started by using a penknife in the ignition. See more »


Call A Cab
Written by MC Buzz B
Performed by Lionrock
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Violent and exciting movie about seedy delinquents who pull off a fateful heist in L.A.
17 February 2012 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

This is a studio character with tones of suspense about some two-fisted criminals in L.A city . An old thief named Roy Egan (Harvey Keitel) , is drawn into the final jewel heist to Russian Mafia when his youngest brother named Lee (Timothy Hutton) asks him for a last score before they get out of the game . Lee forms a motley group (Keitel , Wade Dominguez and Stephen Dorff) to carry out the violent robbing . Unfortunately for him , Lee's picked one wrong partner and the events get worse . One of them decides he doesn't want to share the goods and betrays the group and happens murders and wreak havoc .The retired thief swears revenge on the lunatic who murdered his partners, while going on the run with the loot they stole.

This modern adaptation of noir cinema contains thrills , intrigue, explosive scenes of action and over-riding feeling of heat . Interesting premise in which takes places a moving cat-and-mouse hunt through the seedier sides of L.A . Exciting and stirring finale full of shootouts , violence and fights into a factory . Good performances from all-star cast as Harvey Keitel as an old pro robber who has vowed to avenge his brother , Stephen Dorff as a volatile , violent wheelman and Famke Janssen as a suffering wife . Nice musical score including an emotive song at the beginning . Colorful cinematography by Thomas Burstyn who permeates the whole movie even in the hours of night and darkness .

The motion picture is professionally directed by John Irvin with a well-achieved realization and elaborate scenes , though doesn't always live up to its promise . He worked extensively in TV before making his film debut with ¨The dogs of war¨ a cool rendition of a best-seller by Frederick Forsyth dealing with mercenaries in Africa. He went on directing ¨Ghost story¨ starred by old Hollywood-all-star and ¨Champions¨ about a courageous recovery from cancer stricken a steeple-chase jockey . After that , he realized a fine Vietnam movie as ¨The Hamburger Hill¨, ¨Turtle diary¨, an Arnold Szwenegger vehicle as ¨Raw Deal¨ and a good and realistic TV ¨Robin Hood¨. Finally , he made underrated films that not had the same inspiration since them as ¨Next of kin¨ , ¨Eminent domain¨ , ¨Freefall¨ and a sparkling comedy ,¨Widows peak¨ and is also of note a wartime genre as ¨When trumpets fade¨(1998). And of course , ¨City of Industry¨ , being one of the jewels in Irvin's crown , it results to be one of this most interesting works and an efficient contemporary Noir which had moderated success .

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