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Street Kings (2008)

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Action, Crime, Drama |

Street Kings is a American action thriller film directed by David Ayer, and starring Keanu Reeves, Forest Whitaker, Hugh Laurie, Chris Evans, Common and The Game. The initial screenplay drafts were written by James Ellroy in the late 1990s under the title The Night Watchman.

The film was released in theaters on April 11, 2008 and was followed by a direct-to-video sequel Street Kings 2: Motor City in 2011.

Tom Ludlow is a disillusioned, borderline alcoholic LAPD Vice detective working for a unit known as Vice Special and Working undercover, he meets in a parking lot with Korean gangsters who are looking to buy a machine gun from him and who he also believes have kidnapped two Korean schoolgirls. After a vicious beatdown, the Koreans steal his car. This was planned, however, and he has the cops locate the vehicle via GPS.

Upon arrival at their hideout, Ludlow storms in and kills the four gangsters inside, he then puts on gloves, takes a shot of vodka and alters the scene to make the shootings look justified. He then finds the 2 school girls locked in a closet. While the other officers in his unit congratulate him, he is confronted by his former partner, Detective Terrence Washington, who no longer approves of the corruption as well as the deception and has gone straight, reporting the problems to Captain James Biggs, of Internal Affairs, who apparently starts an investigation against Ludlow.

Director: David Ayer

Writers: James Ellroy (story & screenplay), Kurt Wimmer (screenplay), Jamie Moss (screenplay)

Stars: Keanu Reeves, Forest Whitaker, Hugh Laurie, Chris Evans, Common, The Game, Terry Crews

►Cast:

Keanu ReevesDetective Tom Ludlow
Forest WhitakerCaptain Jack Wander
Hugh LaurieCaptain James Biggs
Chris EvansDetective Paul Diskant
Cedric the EntertainerScribble (as Cedric ‘The Entertainer’ Kyles)
Jay MohrSgt. Mike Clady
Terry CrewsDetective Terrence Washington
Naomie HarrisLinda Washington
CommonCoates
Cle SloanFremont
Martha HigaredaGrace Garcia
John CorbettDetective Dante Demille
Amaury NolascoDetective Cosmo Santos
GameGrill (as The Game)
Noel GugliemiQuicks (as Noel G.)
Michael MonksPathologist
Daryl GatesThe Chief (as Daryl F. Gates)
Clifton PowellSergeant Green
Angela SunJulie Fukashima
Kenneth ChoiBoss Kim
Wally RudolphThug Kim (as Walter Wong)
Garret SatoToilet Man (as Garret T. Sato)
Victor KobayashiTowel Man (as Victor E. Kobayashi)
Kerry WongUnion Market Clerk (as Kerry Ph Wong)
Aaron McPhersonUnion Market Cop #1 (as Aaron Earl McPherson)
Paul Anthony BarrerasUnion Market Cop #2
Dorian LoganBeating Victim
Yonda DavisProstitute #1
Siobhan ParisiProstitute #2
Emilio RiveraOG Vato
Michael D. RobertsOlder Black Man
Kami JonesBlack Woman
Jernard BurksMoney Shirt
Kevin BentonLt. Van Buren
Amy DudgeonAssistant D.A.
Genesis CodinaLittle Mexican Girl
Michaela PereiraNews Anchor
Vance S. BjorklundHonor Guard Sergeant
Jaime FitzSimonsSenior Captain
Kenyon GilbertGang Banger
Joanne ChewPark Twin #1
Kel Ann HsiehPark Twin #2 (as Kel-Ann Hsieh)
Patrick GallagherLAPD Captain
Kirstin PierceClady’s Wife
Kate ClarkeDemille’s Girlfriend
Carlos AmezcuaCo-Anchor
David AyerNLR member in County Jail
Candice A. BuenrostroTroubled teen
Daniel Van DykeLAPD Sergeant
Masen FaisonER Nurse
Justin Rodgers HallPrison Guard
Javier RivasLA Fire Chief
George RomeroColombian Drug Lord
Jerry SchumacherCaptain Silky
Eric ShackelfordNews Cameraman
Emiliano TorresHomie

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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