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


I believe that in both

spirit and substance...

...our tax system has

come to be un-American.

Death and taxes may be inevitable,

but unjust taxes are not.

The first American revolution was

sparked by an unshakable conviction:

Taxation without

representation is tyranny.

Two centuries later,

a second American...

- you're pushed.

- We got a game going.

- What kind of stakes?

- Five and ten.

- Is the man gonna play?

- After the speech.


Post three. I got a shake.

Right there, fella!

I'm ready to die!

Nobody's gonna die.

Look, you and I are going

to go downstairs and talk.

Death to Israel and America,

and all the enemies of Islam!

I understand. Look, I'm gonna

put my gun away, all right?

We're gonna go talk.

I am a martyr!

I will bomb myself on you

and all the enemies of Islam!

Let's get out of here, Jimmy.

Go play some cards, get drunk.

I'm getting too old for this

Get the 50s ready, guys.

Gilbert. Booze. Free for me.

- Did you bet with me or against me?

- Against you.

- You blew it.

- Against you.

Okay, you guys! It's

the moment of truth here.

Come on!

I told you guys, never bet against me.

Come on, Petievich, get

a half a yard in here.

To my partner, Jimmy Hart...

...whose skill in spotting bad paper

is only exceeded by his expertise... rigging a safety line. Hear, hear!

How about a speech, boss? Speech.

You know, I've been in this

racket 25 years, you guys.

And I don't think anybody...

...has been put in harm's

way more than I have... this hotshot over here. But...

don't know how you work with him.

Seriously speaking, if I'm

going in to bag somebody...

...there's nobody I'd

rather have backing me up.

All right! Hear, hear!

Later, Alvarez. Next time

you can make a jump with me.

- Come on. It's the same thing in your work.

- What?

You push too hard. You take it too

personally. You'll never reach retirement.

- I'm not interested in retirement.

- Such a hot dog. See you later.

Come here. Got something for you.

Alvarez trying to pass a funny 50 on us?

Your retirement present.

- You trying to get rid of me?

- It was burning a hole in my truck.

That's a beauty, Richie.

They tell me the trout jump all over it.

- You gonna let me use it?

- Come and see me, you can use it.

I'm gonna miss you, amigo.

Yeah. Me too.

Listen, I know you got

something going tomorrow.

- You reading my mail again?

- Masters, right? Where?

You ain't going out there alone.

I got three more days on the job.

I want to make the most of it.

What's the point of the two

of us running down one lead?

The point is that we're partners, right?

Sure we are. And when

the bust goes down...'re gonna be there with

me, like always. Okay, partner?

Yeah. Thanks.

You give me a call when you get back.

You're in the wrong

place at the wrong time.

Come on, come on!

- Do you know what we got?

- Nothing.

- Anything around back?

- Check the trailer.

Trailer's clear.

Anything around back?

Clear over here.

Who is it?

- John Vukovich.

- What do you want?

I'd like to speak to you if I could.

I'm sorry about Jimmy Hart.

Jimmy was more than my partner, pal.

He was my best friend for seven years.

He was the most

righteous guy I ever knew.

He had two days to go, and that was it.

I can't understand why somebody would

waste him over a counterfeit beef.

Rick masters killed him.

See, Jimmy got too close.

We had a tail on him and his mule for six

months, but we couldn't make the plant.

Jimmy went to check that

warehouse near Lancaster...

...because he found out it

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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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