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->''"This whole damn city is gonna burn."''

'''''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.

[[SimilarlyNamedWorks Not to be confused]] with the [[Series/DarkBlue series of the same name]].

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!!This film provides examples of:

* AntiHero: Eldon Perry.
* [[spoiler:BigBadFriend: Jack Van Meter sets up Perry's murder, which fails when Bobby is killed instead.]]
* BlackGalOnWhiteGuyDrama: Bobby strikes up a relationship with Beth (unbeknowst to him, also a cop), which his racist partner Perry harasses him over.
* ByTheBookCop: Assistant Chief Holland, who is dedicated to fighting corruption within the department.
* DirtyCop: The main focus of the film, which provides several examples.
** Eldon Perry frames people for crimes, shoots suspects, and behaves like an all-around {{Jerkass}}. [[spoiler:Later on he becomes repentant of his actions and atones with a speech that uncovers all of his and Van Meter's shady dealings.]]
** Perry's supervisor Jack Van Meter is one through and through, and oversees and orders all of Perrys corrupt actions. [[spoiler:He's even revealed to be the person Orchard and Sidwell answer to.]]
** Bobby Keough [[spoiler:subverts it when he has serious moral qualms with the illegalities committed in the department.]]
* 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.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: [[spoiler:Perry has a poignant moment of this at the end of the film. While overlooking the destruction being wrought on the city of Los Angeles by the riots, it's pretty clear that hes contemplating whether the corrupt lifestyle of him and his partners may have caused it]].
* TrailersAlwaysLie: Holland's quest to bring the corrupt cops to justice plays a much smaller role in the actual film. It's much more of a [[spoiler:redemptive]] character study about Eldon Perry.
* 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.
* YouShouldHaveDiedInstead: [[spoiler:Beth makes it clear that this is what she thinks of Perry after Bobby died in her arms after being shot by Orchard and Sidwell.]]

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