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Street Kings (2008)

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An undercover cop, disillusioned by the recent murder of his wife, is implicated in the murder of an officer and must struggle to clear himself.

Director:

David Ayer

Writers:

James Ellroy (screenplay), Kurt Wimmer (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Keanu Reeves ... Detective Tom Ludlow
Forest Whitaker ... Captain Jack Wander
Hugh Laurie ... Captain James Biggs
Chris Evans ... Detective Paul Diskant
Cedric the Entertainer ... Scribble (as Cedric 'The Entertainer' Kyles)
Jay Mohr ... Sgt. Mike Clady
Terry Crews ... Detective Terrence Washington
Naomie Harris ... Linda Washington
Common ... Coates
Game ... Grill (as The Game)
Martha Higareda ... Grace Garcia
John Corbett ... Detective Dante Demille
Amaury Nolasco ... Detective Cosmo Santos
Cle Sloan Cle Sloan ... Fremont
Noel Gugliemi ... Quicks (as Noel G.)
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Storyline

LAPD detective Tom Ludlow is a ruthlessly efficient, unorthodox undercover cop. Captain Jack Wander always covers for Tom, as do even his somewhat jealous colleagues. After technically excessive violence against a vicious Korean gang during the liberation of a kidnapped kid sex slave, Tom becomes the target of IA's hotshot, captain James Biggs, who feels passed over after Wander's promotion to chief. Tom's corrupt, disloyal ex-patrol partner Terrence Washington sides with IA but is killed during a shop robbery in Tom's presence. Written by KGF Vissers

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Their City. Their Rules. No Prisoners.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence and pervasive language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Turkish

Release Date:

11 April 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Night Watch See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,469,631, 13 April 2008, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$26,415,649, 13 July 2008
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

As stated by Director David Ayer in the commentary of the film. The character of Garcia was originally going to be a reporter, rather than a nurse. See more »

Goofs

Ludlow says that his wife died because she had a blood clot in her brain, and it burst. Blood clots do not "burst". What is meant is an aneurysm, a structural defect in a blood vessel. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Boss Kim: Yo dawg.
Tom Ludlow: Konnichiwa.
Boss Kim: What?
Tom Ludlow: Konnichiwa. Konnichiwa. It means what's up. So what the fuck's up?
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Referenced in The Task: Pilot (2016) See more »

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Performed by Enjel feat. Annie K
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Flawed but good movie.
12 April 2008 | by chance84See all my reviews

I wasn't expecting much from Street Kings, just to be entertained and that's what I got. Keanu Reeves played the part good, Hugh Laurie did exceptionally well, while the worst acting in the movie was from Chris Evans. Chris Evans was wooden and didn't seem to be able to act his way out of a glass box, during the argument in the locker room between him and Reeves I bit my tongue to keep from laughing as Reeves was actually doing a good job. The story was good, flawed and slow in places, but overall good. Sure the movie could've had a better cast but it doesn't and the only surprise here is that Chris Evans was worse than Keanu Reeves.


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