Worthy of the director of “French Connection,” the pace of this set- in-LA action thriller immediately draws the view in and never lets up. A car chase in the best traditions of “Bullitt” and of Friedkin’s own “French Connection” is centers the action, but the motivation of a rogue agent obsessed with the death of his partner, and clearly with his own death, are well- and credibly- drawn. The most sympathetic character in the story is not one of the principals. It is a female informer. An ex-con at the mercy of those on both sides of the law, she is callously exploited by all. Her feelings for Agent Chance are more implied than explicit, but they are believable as is his indifference to her as a person. This riveting film never lets your attention wander. Thanks to Friedkin, we are told, we are given a credible ending to this taut, tightly- wound thriller. An under-exposed, under-appreciated work; excellent for the genre.
To Live and Die in L.A. (1985) Movie Data
To Live and Die in L.A. (1985) is Action Crime Drama Genres film which released in 1985. To Live and Die in L.A. (1985) supported by John Pankow, William Petersen, and Willem Dafoe. This movie has 1h 56min duration and rating around 7.3 star from 22,260 movie experts. Not bad.
To Live and Die in L.A. (1985) Short Storyline
A fearless Secret Service agent will stop at nothing to bring down the counterfeiter who killed his partner.
Actor Actress behind To Live and Die in L.A. (1985) Movie
William Petersen,Willem Dafoe,John Pankow
Director: William Friedkin
Writer: Gerald Petievich
To Live and Die in L.A. (1985) PLOT STORY
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, and one of his associates, a lawyer named Max Waxman, probably stealing money from him. Partly with information from Ruth, Chance is trying to find and exploit the weaknesses in Masters’ operation. To accomplish his goal, Chance takes more and more unethical and illegal measures, which may be problematic for Vukovich, who comes from a family of police officers who are sworn to uphold the law.
Two cops in Los Angeles try to track down the vicious criminal Eric Masters (Willem Dafoe). Then, one of them is killed by Masters and the other one swears revenge no matter what the cost. After that, the hunt becomes an ob- session and the law he once swore to uphold becomes meaningless to him.
L.A. branch Secret Service Agent Richard Chance (William Petersen) obsessively hunts for counterfeiter Rick Masters (Willem Dafoe), who is responsible for the murder of his former partner and mentor.
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