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Dragged Across Concrete (2018)

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Once two overzealous cops get suspended from the force, they must delve into the criminal underworld to get their proper compensation.

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S. Craig Zahler

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S. Craig Zahler
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mel Gibson ... Brett Ridgeman
Vince Vaughn ... Anthony Lurasetti
Tory Kittles ... Henry Johns
Michael Jai White ... Biscuit
Thomas Kretschmann ... Lorentz Vogelmann
Jennifer Carpenter ... Kelly Summer
Laurie Holden ... Melanie Ridgeman
Don Johnson ... Chief Lt. Calvert
Udo Kier ... Friedrich
Fred Melamed ... Mr. Edmington
Justine Warrington ... Cheryl
Matthew MacCaull ... Grey Gloves
Primo Allon ... Black Gloves
Jordyn Ashley Olson Jordyn Ashley Olson ... Sara Ridgeman
Myles Truitt ... Ethan Johns
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Storyline

The script centers on two policemen, one an old-timer (Gibson), the other his volatile younger partner (Vaughn), who find themselves suspended when a video of their strong-arm tactics become the media's cause du jour. Low on cash and with no other options, these two embittered soldiers descend into the criminal underworld to gain their just due, but instead find far more than they wanted awaiting them in the shadows.

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Those Who Can't Earn A Living Must Find Another Way To Provide.


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Rated R for strong violence, grisly images, language, and some sexuality/nudity. | See all certifications »

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Language:

English

Release Date:

22 March 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Vince Vaughn, Jennifer Carpenter, Don Johnson, and Udo Kier appeared in Brawl in Cell Block 99 (2017). See more »

Goofs

When Henry Johns and his brother play a video game, the controllers(PS4) are not switched on. See more »

Quotes

Brett Ridgeman: [Commiserating with Lurasetti about his career during a stakeout] For a lot of years I believed that the quality of my work, what we do together, what I did with my previous partners... would get me what I deserved. But I don't politic and I don't change with the times, and it turns out that shit's more important than good honest work. So yesterday, after we stop a massive among of drugs from getting into the school system, we get suspended because we didn't do it politely.
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Gilded Life of the Rich Man
Written by Jeff Herriott & S. Craig Zahler
Performed by The O'Jays featuring Eddie Levert and Walter Williams Sr. (as Walter Williams)
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A modern revision of 'Poliziotteschi' genre
9 October 2018 | by dmanchonSee all my reviews

S. Craig Zahler seems to really love 70/80s movies. He had directed very different genres: Western (Bone tomahawk), Prison films (Brawl in cell 99) and now italo-crime or 'Poliziotteschi' films with this movie (i.e. 'Cani arrabiati' of Mario Bava).

All three movies share a lot, they start slow, they build the character little by little until an irreversible explosion of violence erupts.

I liked this movie, not only because it has a solid acting, cinematography music and action scenes, i love how it evokes me the 80s movie vibe, when everything were simpler than today, it doesn't try to adopt the pseudo-documentary style to explain the character motivations or when it shows action or violence scenes.

Its a production that is not for everyone, some people can argue that the characters are very archetypal, and its true, but i think that is totally intentional and it works quite nicely to incorporate what i think is the main message of the movie: sense of purpose.

In this movie different characters question themselves about the purpose they have, are they doing something else than barely survive? what they need to do to achieve their goals if they have any?, it seems that the only characters that doesn't think twice are the bad guys, they act without remorse, they are blinded by their goals, and that's why someone also can complain about how plain and predictable they antagonists are, since in here they look like pure vehicles to show how having our goals over anything else in live will cost us humanity and transform us into monsters.

Wrapping up, good movie, but the best is the bright future the director has and hopefully others will follow him, i like this type of action movie that doesn't follow the current trend of documentary-like action and script, sometimes I like to suspend my disbelief. I don't need explanations to everything, reality cannot be surpassed, so its better to create stories that wont fully fit in a newspaper, we are willing to fill the gaps.


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