Dark Blue

Synopsis: Set in the Los Angeles Police Department in April 1992, Dark Blue is a dramatic thriller that takes place just days before the acquittal of four white officers in the beating of black motorist Rodney King and the subsequent L.A. riots. In this racially-charged climate,the LAPD's elite Special Investigations Squad (SIS) is assigned a high-profile quadruple homicide. As they work the case, veteran detective Eldon Perry, known for his tough street tactics and fiery temper, tutors SIS rookie Bobby Keough in the grim realities of police intimidation and corruption. Meanwhile, Assistant Chief Holland, the only man in the department willing to stand up to the SIS, threatens to end Perry's brand of singlehanded "justice" on the Los Angeles streets. While navigating through the tumultuous neighborhoods of South Central L.A., Perry and Keough must track down cold-blooded killers and face their own demons, which prove to be more ruthless than the criminals they pursue.
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Director(s): Ron Shelton
Production: MGM Distribution Company
  4 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
118 min

All units, all frequencies, stand by.

Repeat, all units, all frequencies, stand by.

All units stand by.

CHP are in pursuit.

Westbound 210 freeway,

approaching Paxton.

Westbound 210 freeway,

approaching Paxton.

Sixteen Adam Twelve reports vehicle

is in excess of 100 miles an hour.

The vehicle is exiting

the freeway at Paxton.

Suspect is wanted for evading.

All units stand by.

Suspect is wanted for evading.

All units stand by.

It has been more than a year

since the Rodney King beating.

The twelve jurors in the trial

of the four white police officers

have just returned with a verdict

after deliberating for several days.

Right now what's happening

is that the four officers

accused of assaulting Rodney King

are on their way

to the courthouse here in Simi Valley

along with their lawyers.

As soon as they get here,

the judge will call the jury

back into the courtroom,

and the clerk will begin

to read the verdicts.

We expect it will happen very, very soon.

What's happening on the other side of the

courthouse, a large crowd is developing.

These are people

who have been monitoring this trial.

They are anxious to find out

what the verdict is.

And as soon as it happens,

we will bring it to you live.

Reporting live from the Simi Valley

courthouse in Ventura County...

There it is. Come on.

Come on, hang a U.

Turn around, nigga.

Jack O' Hearts, that's it.

They ain't getting off.

What, the jury don't have

f***ing eyes, man?

It's Rodney King

getting his ass beaten, man.

They are beating the black

out of homeboy's ass.

I don't give a f***, man.

Pull that weed out your mouth,

motherf***er. Check this sh*t out.

I wouldn't give a f***

if it was motherfucking Martin Luther King

got clapped off, nigga.

It don't matter. Ain't no brothers

on that jury out there, f***er.

It's Simi Valley. All good decent white folk

like yourself, nigga.

That is why they moved the venue.

The cops are protected.

It is on videotape.

You can't f*** with that.

- If they go down...

- They going down.

If they go down, I'll buy you some

good old-fashioned black p*ssy.

If them motherfuckers walk, though,

you got to spot me a ho.

And I don't want no white ho,

either, nigga. I want a Puerto Rican.

Where you gonna find

a Puerto Rican in LA, man?

I'm gonna get you some Mexican sh*t.

I don't want no clumsy-ass

Mexican, nigga.

I want me a bad-ass Puerto Rican b*tch.

I don't give a f*** if you got to swim.

Let's shake. It's about that time.

We gonna do this

short, simple and clean. You dig?

Detective Keough,

if you had a little time machine,

and you could travel back

to the day of the shooting,

to the afternoon

that you killed Mr. Robertson,

I'd like to hear

what you'd do differently.

I wouldn't do anything differently, sir.

He drew down on me,

and I did what I was trained to do.

If anything, sir, I really believe

that I should have acted quicker.

The last man that Robertson pulled

a gun on, he's not with us anymore.

- Thank you, Detective.

- Thank you.

I think we've kept

Detective Keough here long enough.

Chief Barcomb, I have a few questions

for the detective.

Fire away, Chief Holland.

I know it's been a long day.

And I know those chairs aren't

well-padded, so I promise to be quick.

Are you okay?

Three weeks in SIS

and you have made your first kill.

Would you say you have proven yourself?

Well, respectfully, sir, I think this

shooting board has to decide that.

- Do you think it could have been avoided?

- No, sir, I don't.

Well, it says here

that you and your partner

had Mr. Robertson bumper-locked

for two days before the shooting.

Why didn't you bust him for the weapon?

Well, we didn't bust him because

we weren't sure he had the weapon.

The informant who told us he was armed

is highly unreliable.

Yeah, but you tailed him anyway,

to the tune of 680 man hours.

He was on parole.

You could have shaken him down,

but instead, you chose to let

a two-time felon

stroll around downtown LA

with a.357 Magnum stuck in his jeans.

Why? Why?

We didn't bust him

because we didn't want to get him

on a bullshit weapons charge.

Thank you, Chief Holland.

We have to wrap it up here.

Officer Garcia, would you bring

Sergeant Perry in?

Sergeant Perry, we are not quite through

beating up on you yet.

I have one final question

before we adjourn.

- Time machine, sir?

- Yes, the time machine.

Chief, I'd get real pro-active.

If I had a time machine,

I think I'd go back a decade

and take out G-Bone,

his street name, by the way,

before he killed a man for $10.

The time machine I'm talking about,

it doesn't go back that far.

It goes back one week.

To the day that Detective Keough

chose in an instant to use deadly force.

Now, what would you change

about that day? That day only.

Nothing, sir. It was textbook.

At the end of the day,

the bullets were in the bad guys, not us.

We expect department personnel

to use deadly force...

Only as a last resort,

which in this case it was, sir.

Bobby Keough is a good cop

with a lot of potential,

and he dropped a menace to society.

It was a good call.

Thank you. Thank you, Sergeant Perry,

Detective Keough.

You gentlemen are dismissed.

We will issue our findings at 9:00 a.m.

tomorrow morning.

These proceedings are closed.

Call me.

It is the second full day

of deliberations

in the Rodney King beating trial.

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David Ayer

David Ayer (born January 18, 1968) is an American film director, producer, and screenwriter. He is best known for being the writer of Training Day (2001), and the director and writer of Harsh Times (2005), Street Kings (2008), End of Watch (2012), Sabotage (2014), Fury (2014), and Suicide Squad (2016). more…

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