To Live and Die in L.A.
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  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
  • Year: 1985


William L. Petersen (Manhunter, CSI ) and Willem Dafoe (Spider-Man) face off in a deadly game of cat and mouse in this riveting (The New York Times) action-thriller from the Oscar®-winning* director of The French Connection. Full of flash, style and grit (Boxoffice), this raw tale of corruption and revenge features one of the most harrowing car chases ever caught on film and a shockingly explosive ending. Federal Agent Richard Chance (Petersen) has a score to settle, and he's through playing by the rules. Whether that means blackmailing a beautiful parolee, disobeying direct orders or hurtling the wrong way down a crowded freeway, he vows to take down a murderous counterfeiter (Dafoe) by any means necessary. But as the stakes grow higher, will Chance's obsession with vengeance ultimately destroy him? *1971

Cast & Crew

William L. Petersen ... Richard Chance
Willem Dafoe ... Eric Masters
John Pankow ... John Vukovich
Debra Feuer ... Bianca Torres
John Turturro ... Carl Cody
Darlanne Fluegel ... Ruth Lanier
Dean Stockwell ... Bob Grimes


Variety Staff Variety | October 29, 2008

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

Janet Maslin New York Times | May 20, 2003

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

Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times | January 01, 2000

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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