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30th Jul '16 4:19:40 AM Morgenthaler
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'''''Dark Blue''''' is a 2002 cop thriller set in 1992, days before the Los Angeles Riots. It stars Creator/KurtRussell as Eldon Perry, a highly corrupt veteran detective in the LAPD.

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'''''Dark Blue''''' ''Dark Blue'' is a 2002 cop thriller set in 1992, days before the Los Angeles Riots. It stars Creator/KurtRussell as Eldon Perry, a highly corrupt veteran detective in the LAPD.
1st May '14 5:14:57 AM Morgenthaler
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* YouMonster: [[spoiler:After Perry's partner Bobby is gunned down on the streets due to Perry's corrupting influence, Beth calls him out on his actions and blames him for Bobby's death.]] It's capped off with this declaration:

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* YouMonster: [[spoiler:After Perry's After [[spoiler:Perry's partner Bobby is gunned down on the streets due to Perry's corrupting influence, influence]], Beth calls him out on his actions and blames him for [[spoiler:for Bobby's death.]] It's capped off with this declaration:
1st May '14 5:08:28 AM Morgenthaler
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* DiedInYourArmsTonight: [[spoiler:Bobby dies in his ex-girlfriend Beth's arms after sharing some last words with his partner Perry.]]


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* YouMonster: [[spoiler:After Perry's partner Bobby is gunned down on the streets due to Perry's corrupting influence, Beth calls him out on his actions and blames him for Bobby's death.]] It's capped off with this declaration:
-->'''Beth:''' I hope that you burn in hell, Eldon Perry, you ''evil'' motherfucker.
28th Apr '14 6:53:31 AM Morgenthaler
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'''''Dark Blue''''' is a 2002 cop thriller set in 1992, days before the Los Angeles Riots. It starts Creator/KurtRussell as Eldon Perry, a veteran detective in the LAPD.

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'''''Dark Blue''''' is a 2002 cop thriller set in 1992, days before the Los Angeles Riots. It starts stars Creator/KurtRussell as Eldon Perry, a highly corrupt veteran detective in the LAPD.
28th Apr '14 6:51:52 AM Morgenthaler
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* AntiHero: Eldon Perry.
* [[spoiler:BigBadFriend: Jack Van Meter sets up Perry's murder, which fails when Bobby is killed instead.]]

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* AntiHero: AssholeVictim: Perry frames a bunch of known hoodlums for another crime to quickly solve a case on Jack Van Meter's orders. He convinces Bobby to kill an escaping suspect by pointing out that no one will miss the guy anyway, but Bobby is visibly stricken by the act as he points out that this still doesn't make it right.
* TheAtoner:
** [[spoiler:After Bobby is coerced to kill an innocent man, he breaks down until he confesses his crimes to his cop ex-girlfriend Beth and her superior.]]
** [[spoiler:After
Eldon Perry.
* [[spoiler:BigBadFriend:
Perry gets his partner killed, he atones for his crimes at his promotion ceremony by exposing all the corruption taking place under Jack Van Meter inside the department.]]
* BigBadFriend: [[spoiler:Jack
Van Meter sets up Perry's murder, murder despite having known him for years and having been best friends with Perry's father, which fails when Bobby is killed instead.]]



* CowboyCop: Deconstructed. Perry flouts all the rules because he figures that to catch bad guys his town was "built on bullets" and doesn't object to framing and flat-out murdering suspects to quickly close a case. This ends up gradually destroying his life and reputation [[spoiler:and gets his partner killed.]]



* HappilyMarried: Subverted. Perry thinks he has a good marriage, [[spoiler:but his wife and son are actually afraid of him. Midway through the film his wife breaks up with him when he finds her packing up her stuff to move away with their son. Perry elects to let them stay and move out of the house himself instead.]]
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler: Eldon Perry.]]
* InTheBlood[=/=]TurnOutLikeHisFather: Averted. Perry and his father and grandfather were all cops using the same methods that he himself became notorious for, but his own son wants nothing to do with it nor follow the same career choice.
* ItGetsEasier: There's a poignant moment after Bobby kills his first suspect. His partner, Eldon, recounts his first kill, and how much it affected him. He says that, even though killing is a normal part of his job now, he still thinks about that first one.

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* HappilyMarried: Subverted. Perry thinks he has a good marriage, [[spoiler:but but his wife and son are actually afraid of him. Midway through the film his wife breaks up with him when he finds her packing up her stuff to move away with their son. Perry elects to let them stay and move out of the house himself instead.instead.
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler: Eldon Perry has a change of heart near the end and exposes the crimes he committed under the immensely corrupt Jack Van Meter.
]]
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler: Eldon Perry.InternalAffairs: Assistant Chief Holland, heading the IA department, is a major actor trying to expose Jack Van Meter's department for their constant abuse of power in the name of the law. The movie opens with Perry and Van Meter getting Bobby through an inquiry for alleged excessive use of force. [[spoiler:Later, Bobby helps them to atone for his homocide of an innocent man whom he and Perry framed for another crime.]]
* InTheBlood[=/=]TurnOutLikeHisFather: Averted. Perry and his father and grandfather were all cops using the same methods that he himself became notorious for, but his own son wants nothing to do with it nor follow the same career choice.
* ItGetsEasier: There's a poignant moment after After Bobby kills his first suspect. His partner, Eldon, recounts his first kill, and how much it affected him. He says that, even though killing is a normal part of his job now, he still thinks about that first one.



* NobleBigotWithABadge: Subverted. Detective Eldon Perry sees himself as one of these, being a casual racist who catches bad guys. Others, including several black cops, point out that he's just a vile scumbag who abuses his power.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler:Bobby comes clear about his crimes to Beth and Holland, and they arrange for him to expose his department's corruption in a public inquiry. Bobby is later shot to death in a botched arrest of the criminals Orchard and Sidwell. Perry witnesses Bobby's murder and is apologetic, but Beth points out that Perry poisoned Bobby's mind to begin with and that it [[YouShouldHaveDiedInstead should have been Perry lying on the ground with a bullet in his gut instead]].]]



* YourCheatingHeart: Holland had a brief affair with Beth, which he regretted and told his wife about, who eventually forgave him. Reminding him about this episode is used by the corrupt cops to intimidate him.

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* TragicHero: Eldon Perry is the type of corrupt CowboyCop who caches very bad criminals, but he also frames suspects, is excessively violent and a casual racist. However, he comes from a long line of cops in his family who raised him into their beliefs. His wife leaves him and takes their son because they're both terrified of him, and most cops outside of his corrupt friends are disgusted by his behavior. [[spoiler:He ultimately chooses to expose his own shady dealings to do one last good thing before his days are over. The film ends as he watches over a burning Los Angeles with remorse.]]
* TurnOutLikeHisFather: Subverted. Perry and his father and grandfather were all cops using the same methods that he himself became notorious for, but his own son wants nothing to do with it nor follow the same career choice.
* YourCheatingHeart: Holland had a brief affair with Beth, which he regretted and told his wife about, who eventually forgave him. Reminding him about this episode is used by the The corrupt cops to intimidate him.him by continuing to send photograps of the affair to his wife, who tells him that she's going to leave but will continue to support his bid for Chief of Police.
6th Feb '14 8:54:49 AM m8e
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'''''Dark Blue''''' is a 2002 cop thriller set in 1992, days before the Los Angeles Riots. It starts KurtRussell as Eldon Perry, a veteran detective in the LAPD.

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'''''Dark Blue''''' is a 2002 cop thriller set in 1992, days before the Los Angeles Riots. It starts KurtRussell Creator/KurtRussell as Eldon Perry, a veteran detective in the LAPD.
3rd Jun '13 5:40:20 AM Morgenthaler
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[[SimilarlyNamedWorks Not to be confused]] with the [[DarkBlue series of the same name]].

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[[SimilarlyNamedWorks Not to be confused]] with the [[DarkBlue [[Series/DarkBlue series of the same name]].
3rd Jun '13 5:37:54 AM Morgenthaler
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* ItGetsEasier: There's a poignant moment after Bobby kills his first suspect. His partner, Eldon, recounts his first kill, and how much it affected him. He says that, even though killing is a normal part of his job now, he still thinks about that first one.
8th Mar '13 10:19:43 AM Morgenthaler
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[[quoteright:346:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/dark_blue_poster_7746.jpg]]
[[caption-width-right:346:Maybe a little too literal.]]
24th Feb '13 4:13:11 AM Morgenthaler
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->''"This whole damn city is gonna burn."''
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