DVD 116 mins IMDB 6.9 (4,021 votes)
To Live And Die In L.A.
MGM / UA (1985)
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(5/8/2006 )

John Wood
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
USA  /  English

Willem Dafoe Eric 'Rick' Masters
John Turturro Carl Cody
Dean Stockwell Bob Grimes
John Pankow John Vukovich
Darlene Fluegel
Debra Feuer Bianca Torres
William Petersen
William L. Petersen Richard Chance
Darlanne Fluegel Ruth Lanier
Steve James Jeff Rice
Robert Downey Sr. Thomas Bateman
Michael Greene Jim Hart
Christopher Allport Max Waxman
Jack Hoar Jack
Valentin de Vargas Judge Filo Cedillo (as Val DeVargas)
Dwier Brown Doctor
Michael Chong Thomas Ling
Robert Downey
Michael Zand Terrorist

Director William Friedkin
Producer Irving H. Levin
Writer William Friedkin; Gerald Petievich
Cinematography Robby Müller; Robert D. Yeoman
Musician Darren Costin; Nick Feldman; Jack Hues
User Credit 1 Bud S. Smith; M. Scott Smith
User Credit 2 Linda M. Bass

William L. Petersen (Manhunter, "CSI" )and Willem Dafoe (Spider-Man) face off in a deadly game of cat and mouse in this "riveting" (The New York Times) action-thriller from the oscar-winning director of The French Connection. "Full of flash, style and grit" (Boxoffice), this raw tale of corruption and revenge features one of the most harrowing car chases ever caught on film and a shockingly explosive ending.
Federal agent Richard Chance (Petersen) has a score to settle, and he's through playing by the rules. Whether that means blackmailing a beautiful parolee, disobeying direct orders or hurtling the wrong way down a crowded freeway, he vows to take down a murdeous counterfeiter (Dafoe) by any means necessary. But as the stakes grow higher, will chance's obsession with vengeance ultimately destroy him?

Edition Details
Edition Special Edition
Barcode 027616886453
Region Region
Release Date 12/2/2003
Packaging Keep Case
Screen Ratio Widescreen 1.85:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Subtitles English; French; Spanish
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
FRENCH: Dolby Digital Stereo
SPANISH: Dolby Digital Mono
Layers Single Side, Single Layer
No. of Disks/Tapes 1

Deleted Scene and Alternate Ending Featurettes
Counterfeit World: The Making of To Live and Die In L.A. Documentary
Audio Commentary By Director William Friedkin
Photo Gallery
Original Theatrical Trailers
Personal Details
Purchase Date 5/8/2006
User Lookup 1 DVD Copy
User Text 2 The director of "The French Connection" is on the streets again!
Links DVD Empire
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Trivia: Gary Sinise had originally auditioned for the part of Chance. When he was denied the role, he recommended William L. Petersen to William Friedkin. (more)

Goofs: Miscellaneous: 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. (more)

[Vukovich has been given details about the prospect of testifying in court]
John Vukovich: But you can't get involved, right?
Bob Grimes: Not directly.
John Vukovich: What would it cost for your indirect involvement.
Bob Grimes: $50,000.
Bob Grimes: I know it's a tough call, but it's one you're going to have to make rather quickly.
John Vukovich: I can't hand out my partner. I can't do it, even if I have to go to the joint.

Awards: 3 wins (more)