To Live and Die in L.A.

Synopsis: 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, an
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Director(s): William Friedkin
Production: MGM Home Entertainment
  3 wins.
Rotten Tomatoes:
116 min

was rented under a phony name.

But I don't know.

For some reason he wanted

to go out there by himself.

Now you need a partner.

Let me tell you something, amigo.

I'm gonna bag masters, and I

don't give a shit how I do it.

I hear you.

Can I talk to you for a minute?

You must be a mind reader.

I was just gonna call you.

I've decided to let

Vukovich work with you.

- Do I have a choice?

- Is there someone else you'd prefer?

You're welcome to fill out a form 19...

...list all the reasons you'd

rather not work with him.

Your input would be

strictly confidential.

Yeah. Forget it.

What is it you wanted to talk about?

One-way ticket to San Francisco,

Mr. Cody. How would you like to pay?

- In cash.

- That will be $45 one-way.

All right.

Federal agent. Excuse me. I'd like to

see the bills that man just handed you.

You wouldn't have a pencil with

an eraser I could use, would you?

- Sure. Here you go, sir.

- Thank you.

U.S. Secret service!

Hold it, man! Where you going?

Get out of the way!

Excuse me, miss.

What the hell! You some kind of freak?

Freeze, asshole!

U.S. Secret service.

You're under arrest for

possession of counterfeit...

- you're making a mistake!

- Get up there and shut up!

- I'm a businessman. I'm a businessman.

- Put your hands back here!

Stop it, asshole! I'll

blow your head off!

U.S. Secret service. I'm arresting

this guy for counterfeiting.


- Who are you?

- Secret service!

I just came in to take a leak.

Morning. Let's go!

Get the bag, John.

You got balls coming here.

How you making it?

Like every other swinging

dick in this place makes it:

Day by motherfucking day.

Ulcer acting up?

I want to know when

you're gonna get me out.

I want you to be patient

a little longer, Carl.

I got caught carrying for you.

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William Friedkin

William Friedkin (born August 29, 1935) is an American film director, producer and screenwriter best known for directing The French Connection in 1971 and The Exorcist in 1973; for the former, he won the Academy Award for Best Director. Some of his other films include Sorcerer, Cruising, To Live and Die in L.A., Jade, Rules of Engagement, The Hunted, Bug, and Killer Joe. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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