To Live and Die in L.A.
To Live and Die in L.A. (1985)

William Friedkin's crime thriller, based on a book by U.S. Secret Service agent Gerald Petievich, concerns an arrogant Secret Service official who wants to get his man at any price. Willem Dafoe plays Eric Masters, an ultra-smooth… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: November 1, 1985
DVD Release Date: December 2, 2003
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Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Paul Attanasio
Washington Post

"To Live and Die in L.A." will live briefly and die quickly in L.A., where God hath no wrath like a studio executive with bad grosses.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Friedkin plays it as brutal and cynical as he ever did with The French Connection...

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

The film is cheesy as hell but it is a ton of fun for someone who remembered how this passed as uber-edgy back in the day.

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Bilge Ebiri
Village Voice

It feels like a transmission from a different planet.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

On its own terms, it's a considerable success, though it's a film that sacrifices everything in the interests of style.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The action thrives on overkill.

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Variety Staff

Engrossing and diverting enough on a moment-to-moment basis but is overtooled.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The film isn't just about cops and robbers, but about two systems of doing business, and how one of the systems finds a way to change itself in order to defeat the other.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

A profoundly ambivalent motion picture... completely upends every convention of its hidebound genre without even seeming to notice that it has done so.

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Flixster Audience Score: 78% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
An explosive thriller very well directed by William Friedkin, with great performances, many awesome action scenes - especially an exhilarating car chase - and a… More
David Ladd
Some Minor Spoilers Here*********************************************************** There are three things going for this crime thriller: it's a great in… More
Jack Hawkins
'To Live and Die in L.A.' is ultimately something of a snorefest; watch this with even a grain of lethargy and you'll be lost. And that's a… More
Derek Daniels
Great, very 80's action-drama about two inept Secret Service agents on the trail of the murdering counterfeiter Defoe. Dated, but still a great film with… More
Reid Volk
I don't throw around the term neo-noir lightly, but this film has the body of your average 80's cop thriller, with the heart and soul of a noir.… More
Al S
An stlyish, edgy and brilliant crime thriller. brutal, pulse pounding and exhilerating. It delivers a sensational car chase. William Peterson is memerising.… More