History Film / ToLiveAndDieInLA

16th Jun '18 4:14:41 PM valhallaerikson
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* DownerEnding: '''''And''''' '''HOW.''' [[spoiler:Chance dies during the sting, causing Vukovich to have a mental breakdown and kill Masters, but not before the latter destroyed all the evidence of his crimes by torching his downtown warehouse. Not only that, Vukovich essentially becomes the new Chance, and makes Ruth his bitch]]. If you enjoyed how the ending of the film turns out, go seek psychiatric help, ''now''.

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* DownerEnding: '''''And''''' '''HOW.''' [[spoiler:Chance dies during the sting, causing Vukovich to have a mental breakdown and kill Masters, but not before the latter destroyed all the evidence of his crimes by torching his downtown warehouse. Not only that, Vukovich essentially becomes the new Chance, and makes Ruth his bitch]]. If you enjoyed how the ending of the film turns out, go seek psychiatric help, ''now''.
19th Mar '18 4:00:32 AM jormis29
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The film stars William Petersen as Secret Service agent Richard Chance, a maverick type determined to take down Rick Masters (Creator/WillemDafoe), the counterfeiter who [[DeadSidekick shot Chance's partner]]. It also features an exceptionally '80s soundtrack by Wang Chung.

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The film stars William Petersen Creator/WilliamPetersen as Secret Service agent Richard Chance, a maverick type determined to take down Rick Masters (Creator/WillemDafoe), the counterfeiter who [[DeadSidekick shot Chance's partner]]. It also features an exceptionally '80s soundtrack by Wang Chung.
14th Jan '18 1:51:06 AM Procket12
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*BatmanColdOpen: The film opens with Jimmy Hart and Richard Chance working the Presidential Protection detail at the Beverly Hilton hotel where Reagan is giving a speech. When leaving the presidential suite to begin his part of the shift rotation, he notices a hotel porter with a room service tray crossing the end of the hall before the sound of him entering the stairwell is heard. On a whim, Chance goes to the entrance of the stairwell where he sees the tray sitting on the ground. Upon removing the lid on the plate and seeing it empty, he calls in the suspicious character and head heads after him, with Jimmy overhearing him on his earpiece. Chance heads for the roof where he finds an unconscious or dead L.A.P.D. officer before seeing the porter attaching a rappel line to some pipe jutting out of the roof and wearing a suicide vest with intention of assassinating President Reagan. Chance confronts the man who then puts his hands on the detonator cord and begins stating his willingness to die and cursing Israel and the U.S. Chance attempts to talk the terrorist down to no avail but while the terrorist rants he notices that Jimmy has somehow managed to get just below the terrorist on the edge of the roof. Jimmy pulls the man off the roof just as he pulls the cord and he explodes after falling a short distance off the roof. Shortly after, Chance and Jimmy sit on the roof tired and weary before Chance states, "Let's get out of here Jimmy. Go play some cards, get drunk." Clutching his shoulder and heavily panting, the elder Secret Service agent tiredly remarks, "I'm gettin' too old for this shit."
14th Jan '18 1:14:45 AM Procket12
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** Pretty much '''ANY''' named character who isn't Jimmy Hart, Ruth or John Vukovich [[spoiler: At least until the end of the film where he becomes essentially the reincarnation of Chance. Driven home when upon telling Ruth, "You're workin' for me now" at the end, she has flashbacks to her trysts with Chance. Driven (in this case literally) even further where after that scene, there's a short sequence that shows a later point where Vukovich is now even driving Chance's truck and parks at Ruth's house before the freeze frame and cut to credits.]]

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** Pretty much '''ANY''' named character who isn't Jimmy Hart, Ruth Ruth, or John Vukovich [[spoiler: At least until the end of the film where he becomes essentially the reincarnation of Chance. Driven home when upon telling Ruth, "You're workin' for me now" at the end, she has flashbacks to her trysts with Chance. Driven (in this case literally) even further where after that scene, there's a short sequence that shows a later point where Vukovich is now even driving Chance's truck and parks at Ruth's house before the freeze frame and cut to credits.]]



--> '''Chance:''' I'm gonna bag Masters, and I don't give a shit how I do it.

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--> '''Chance:''' I'm gonna bag Masters, and [[NotHyperbole I don't give a shit how I do it.]]
14th Jan '18 1:11:24 AM Procket12
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** Pretty much any named character who isn't Jimmy Hart, Ruth or John Vukovich [[spoiler: At least until the end of the film where he becomes essentially the reincarnation of Chance. Driven home when upon telling Ruth, "You're workin' for me now." at the end, she has flashbacks to her trysts with Chance. Driven (in this case literally) even further where after that scene, there's a short sequence that shows a later point where Vukovich is now even driving Chance's truck and parks at Ruth's house before the freeze frame and cut to credits.]]

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** Pretty much any '''ANY''' named character who isn't Jimmy Hart, Ruth or John Vukovich [[spoiler: At least until the end of the film where he becomes essentially the reincarnation of Chance. Driven home when upon telling Ruth, "You're workin' for me now." now" at the end, she has flashbacks to her trysts with Chance. Driven (in this case literally) even further where after that scene, there's a short sequence that shows a later point where Vukovich is now even driving Chance's truck and parks at Ruth's house before the freeze frame and cut to credits.]]
14th Jan '18 1:09:58 AM Procket12
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** Pretty much any named character who isn't Jimmy Hart, Ruth or John Vukovich [[spoiler: At least until the end of the film where he becomes essentially the reincarnation of Chance. Driven home when upon telling Ruth, "You're workin' for me now." at the end, she has flashbacks to her trysts with Chance. Driven (in this case literally) even further where after that scene, there's a short sequence that shows a later point where Vukovich is now even driving Chance's truck and parks at Ruth's house before the freeze frame and cut to credits.]]
14th Jan '18 12:55:38 AM Procket12
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* SociopathicHero: By the mid-point Chance has been established as one, [[spoiler:engineering a robbery to get the money Masters asked]], but even before that, he casually mistreats his girlfriend/informant Ruth, and he says he'd ''immediately'' get her back in jail should she ever stop being his CI. At one point, [[spoiler:he even rapes her while giggling like a kid.]]

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* SociopathicHero: By the mid-point Chance has been established as one, [[spoiler:engineering a robbery to get the money Masters asked]], but even before that, he casually mistreats his girlfriend/informant Ruth, and he says he'd ''immediately'' get her back in jail should she ever stop being his CI. At one point, [[spoiler:he even rapes her while giggling like a kid.]]
6th Jan '18 12:33:26 AM VengefulBusyness
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** Well, maybe. William Friedkin has said that "Michael Mann and I have been good friends for 30 years".
27th Jul '17 3:46:35 PM Scifimaster92
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* CrapsackWorld: Let's just say Friedkin's Los Angeles is not a sunny one.

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* CrapsackWorld: Let's just say Friedkin's Los Angeles is not a sunny one.one despite the slick 80s visual aesthetic.
20th Jul '17 10:54:34 AM ClintEastwood
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* SpiritualSuccessor:
** The film looked and felt enough like ''Series/MiamiVice'' that Creator/MichaelMann tried to sue for plagiarism. He wasn't successful. Ironically, William Petersen's performance in the film is what convinced Mann to cast him in ''{{Film/Manhunter}}''.
** If you watch a double-bill of this and ''Film/RepoMan'', you'll notice that both films feature (a) cinematography by Robby Müller and (b) car chases in the LA storm drains.
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