To Live and Die in L.A.

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Overview

In director William Friedkin's supercharged thriller, William L. Petersen plays a "hot dog" special agent of the Secret Service who's out to arrest and convict an arrogant counterfeiter (William Dafoe) who has eluded the law for years and who flaunts his success. Dafoe has been asking for a down payment on a sale of bogus bills, but the amount is larger than the secret can authorize Petersen, undercover, to pay to entrap Dafoe in a "sting" operation. Petersen is forced to set up a dangerous plan to steal the advance money from another crook (John Turturro) and use it to buy bogus bills and bust the counterfeiter.As the film winds to its dark and exciting resolution, the distinction between the pursuing law enforcers and the pursued criminals will continue to blur.

Movie Data

Facts

Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 56m

Budget -

Revenue $17,307,019.00

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Release Information

  • November 1, 1985
    R, Theatrical

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Cast 15

  1. William Petersen

    William Petersen
    Richard Chance

  2. Willem Dafoe

    Willem Dafoe
    Eric 'Rick' Masters

  3. John Pankow

    John Pankow
    John Vukovich

  4. Debra Feuer

    Debra Feuer
    Bianca Torres

  5. John Turturro

    John Turturro
    Carl Cody

  6. Dean Stockwell

    Dean Stockwell
    Bob Grimes

  7. Robert Downey Sr.

    Robert Downey Sr.
    Thomas Bateman

  8. Darlanne Fluegel

    Darlanne Fluegel
    Ruth Lanier

  9. Steve James

    Steve James
    Jeff Rice

  10. MG

    Michael Greene
    Jim Hart

  11. Christopher Allport
  12. Valentin de Vargas

    Valentin de Vargas
    Judge Filo Cedillo

  13. Dwier Brown

    Dwier Brown
    Doctor

  14. MC

    Michael Chong
    Thomas Ling

  15. Jacqueline Giroux

    Jacqueline Giroux
    Claudia Leith

Crew 11

Camera

  1. Robby Müller

    Robby Müller
    Director of Photography

Directing

  1. William Friedkin

Editing

  1. MS

Production

  1. IH

    Irving H. Levin
    Producer

  2. SS

    Samuel Schulman
    Executive Producer

Sound

  1. DC

    Darren Costin
    Original Music Composer

  2. NF

    Nick Feldman
    Original Music Composer

  3. JH

    Jack Hues
    Original Music Composer

Writing

  1. GP

    Gerald Petievich
    Screenplay

  2. GP
  3. William Friedkin

    William Friedkin
    Screenplay

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