You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

To Live and Die in L.A.

To Live and Die in L.A. looks like a rich man's Miami Vice. William Friedkin's evident attempt to fashion a West Coast equivalent of his [1971] The French Connection is engrossing and diverting enough on a moment-to-moment basis but is overtooled.

With:
William L. Petersen Willem Dafoe John Pankow Debra Feuer John Turturro Darlanne Fluegel

To Live and Die in L.A. looks like a rich man’s Miami Vice. William Friedkin’s evident attempt to fashion a West Coast equivalent of his [1971] The French Connection is engrossing and diverting enough on a moment-to-moment basis but is overtooled.

Friedkin leaves no doubt about his technical abilities, as he has created another memorable car chase and, with the considerable assistance of cinematographer Robby Muller, has offered up any number of startling and original shots of the characters inhabiting weirdly ugly-beautiful LA cityscapes.

William L. Petersen plays a highly capable Secret Service agent who decides to nail a notorious counterfeiter responsible for the murder of his partner.

Petersen’s search leads him into the kinky, high-tech world of Willem Dafoe, a supremely talented and self-confident artist whose phony $20 bills look magnificent and whose tentacles reach into surprising areas of the criminal underworld, both high and low-class.

Friedkin keeps dialog to a minimum, but what conversation there is proves wildly overloaded with streetwise obscenities, so much so that it becomes something of a joke. [Pic is based on the novel by Gerald Petievich, who co-scripted.]

To Live and Die in L.A.

Production: United Artists/New Century/SLM. Director William Friedkin; Producer Irving H. Levin; Screenplay William Friedkin, Gerald Petievich; Camera Robby Muller; Editor Bud Smith, Scott Smith; Music Wang Chung; Art Director Lilly Kilvert

Crew: (Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1985. Running time: 116 MIN.

With: William L. Petersen Willem Dafoe John Pankow Debra Feuer John Turturro Darlanne Fluegel

More Film

  • NANCY

    Andrea Riseborough's Thriller 'Nancy' Sells to Samuel Goldwyn (EXCLUSIVE)

    To Live and Die in L.A. looks like a rich man’s Miami Vice. William Friedkin’s evident attempt to fashion a West Coast equivalent of his [1971] The French Connection is engrossing and diverting enough on a moment-to-moment basis but is overtooled. Friedkin leaves no doubt about his technical abilities, as he has created another memorable […]

  • Ridley Scott

    Ridley Scott Tells Aspiring Filmmakers They Have 'No Excuses'

    To Live and Die in L.A. looks like a rich man’s Miami Vice. William Friedkin’s evident attempt to fashion a West Coast equivalent of his [1971] The French Connection is engrossing and diverting enough on a moment-to-moment basis but is overtooled. Friedkin leaves no doubt about his technical abilities, as he has created another memorable […]

  • Amazon Boards Marjane Satrapi's Marie Curie

    Amazon Boards Marjane Satrapi's Marie Curie Biopic 'Radioactive' (EXCLUSIVE)

    To Live and Die in L.A. looks like a rich man’s Miami Vice. William Friedkin’s evident attempt to fashion a West Coast equivalent of his [1971] The French Connection is engrossing and diverting enough on a moment-to-moment basis but is overtooled. Friedkin leaves no doubt about his technical abilities, as he has created another memorable […]

  • ENT_LD_211116_02404m.jpg

    Berlin Film Review: '7 Days in Entebbe'

    To Live and Die in L.A. looks like a rich man’s Miami Vice. William Friedkin’s evident attempt to fashion a West Coast equivalent of his [1971] The French Connection is engrossing and diverting enough on a moment-to-moment basis but is overtooled. Friedkin leaves no doubt about his technical abilities, as he has created another memorable […]

  • LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 15: Gregg

    Variety Lights Up London Honours Bash with 10 Brits to Watch

    To Live and Die in L.A. looks like a rich man’s Miami Vice. William Friedkin’s evident attempt to fashion a West Coast equivalent of his [1971] The French Connection is engrossing and diverting enough on a moment-to-moment basis but is overtooled. Friedkin leaves no doubt about his technical abilities, as he has created another memorable […]

  • Marvel Studios' BLACK PANTHER..Zuri (Forest Whitaker)..Photo:

    'Black Panther' Is A Legit Phenomenon, but Will It Be An Oscar Player?

    To Live and Die in L.A. looks like a rich man’s Miami Vice. William Friedkin’s evident attempt to fashion a West Coast equivalent of his [1971] The French Connection is engrossing and diverting enough on a moment-to-moment basis but is overtooled. Friedkin leaves no doubt about his technical abilities, as he has created another memorable […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content