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?

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To Live and Die in L.A. (1985)

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Action/Drama/Crime/Suspense/Thriller · 1h 56m · 11/1/1985

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A federal agent is dead. A killer is loose. And the City of Angels is about to explode.

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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?

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Status

Released

Languages

English, Arabic, Spanish

Country

United States

Production Companies

SLM Production Group, New Century Productions, United Artists

Budget

$6,000,000

Revenue

$17,307,019
Cast
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Jane Leeves

Dancer / Serena (as Jane Leaves)
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Cherise Bates

Dancer (as Cherise Bate)
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Willem Dafoe

Eric Masters
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Michael Higgins

Dancer (as Michael W. Higgins)
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Chris Latanzi

Dancer (as Chris Lattanzi)
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Shaun Earl

Dancer
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William Petersen

Richard Chance (as William L. Petersen)
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John Pankow

John Vukovich
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Debra Feuer

Bianca Torres
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John Turturro

Carl Cody
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Darlanne Fluegel

Ruth Lanier (as Darlanne Fleugel)
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Dean Stockwell

Bob Grimes
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Steve James

Jeff Rice
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Robert Downey Sr.

Thomas Bateman (as Robert Downey)
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Michael Greene

Jim Hart
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Christopher Allport

Max Waxman
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Jack Hoar

Jack
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Valentin de Vargas

Judge Filo Cedillo (as Val DeVargas)
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Dwier Brown

Doctor
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Michael Chong

Thomas Ling
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Jacqueline Giroux

Claudia Leith (as Jackely Giroux)
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Michael Zand

Terrorist
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Bobby Bass

FBI Agent
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Dar Robinson

FBI Agent (as Dar Allen Robinson)
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Anne Betancourt

Nurse
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Katherine M. Louie

Ticket Agent
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Edward Harrell

Airport Guard
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Gilbert Espinoza

Ultro's Bartender
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John Petievich

Agent
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Rick Dalton

Agent
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Richard L. Lane

Agent
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Jack Cota

Agent
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Shirley J. White

Airline Passenger
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Gerald H. Brownlee

Visiting Room Guard
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David M. DuFriend

Tower Guard
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Rubén García

Inmate Ruben
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Joe Duran

Prison Guard
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Bufort McClerkins

Prison Assailant (as Buford McClerkins)
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Gregg Dandridge

Prison Assailant
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Donnie Williams

Rice's Friend
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Earnest Hart Jr.

Rice's Friend
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Thomas F. Duffy

Second Suspect
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Gerald Petievich

Special Agent (as Gerry Petievich)
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Mark Gash

Mark Gash
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Pat McGroarty

Criminal
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Brian Bradley

Tourist
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Zarko Petievich

Agent
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Gary Cole

Man Chased by Richard (uncredited)
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Brian Alexander Dodd

Kid (uncredited)
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Stevie Mack

Basketball Player (uncredited)
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Robin John Price

Driver (uncredited)
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Jason Ronard

Man Chased by Richard (uncredited)
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Joey Sotello

Secret Service Agent (uncredited)
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Antonino Garcia Tony

LAX Passenger (uncredited)
Crew
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William Friedkin

Director
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Gerald Petievich

Writer
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William Friedkin

Writer
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