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City of Lies (2018)

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Russell Poole and Jack Jackson investigate the murders of rappers Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur.

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Brad Furman

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Randall Sullivan (based on the non-fiction book by), Christian Contreras (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Johnny Depp ... Russell Poole
Forest Whitaker ... Jack Jackson
Toby Huss ... Detective Fred Miller
Dayton Callie ... Lieutenant O'Shea
Neil Brown Jr. ... Rafael Perez
Louis Herthum ... City Attorney Stone
Shea Whigham ... Frank Lyga
Xander Berkeley ... Edwards
Shamier Anderson ... David Mack
Laurence Mason ... FBI Agent Dunton
Christian George Christian George ... Belsher
Michael Paré ... Detective Varney
Amin Joseph ... Kevin Gaines
Josh Hardwick ... Russell Poole Jr. (as Joshua M. Hardwick)
Glenn Plummer ... Psycho Mike
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Russell Poole and Jack Jackson investigate the murders of rappers Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur.

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Rated R for language throughout, some violence and drug use | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

21 December 2018 (Lithuania) See more »

Also Known As:

City of Lies See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,605,775
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Trivia

Both characters Rafael Perez and Frank Lyga, are based on real people with the same name as in the movie, during the 90's, these two policemen were very infamous in Rampart Scandal, on which this film is based. See more »

Goofs

You can see the crane, when Detective Poole walks around the gas station during the long take. See more »

Connections

References The X-Files (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

""Hypnotize""
Written by Randy 'Badazz' Alpert (as Randy Badazz Alpert), Deric Angelettie (as Deric Michael Angelettie), Andy Armor (as Andy W. Armer), Sean 'Diddy' Combs (as Sean J. Combs), Ron Lawrence (as Ronald Lawrence) and The Notorious B.I.G. (as Christopher Wallace)
Performed by The Notorious B.I.G. (as Notorious B.I.G.)
Courtesy of Bad Boy Records
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
Contains a sample of "Rise"
Written by Randy 'Badazz' Alpert (as Randy Badazz Alpert) and Andy Armor (as Andy W. Armer)
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A short message to the great Johnny Depp!
20 June 2019 | by mmjnr10See all my reviews

I decided to write this review, while actually watching the movie at exactly 21:26 minutes into the movie of the movie because I felt that I have to spit it out because it's upsetting me with this movie which is decent so far and engaging enough in a very interesting subject so all good there and I still can't pass any final judgments on that until it's done However!! .. For a start I am actually a huge fan of Johnny Depp down the years and still am that in addition to being an actual Movie Critic by profession (which doesn't make my opinion anymore important then you Dear reader as I am simply stating a releavent fact while making my point..... .... after 21 minutes into the movie I just felt something is strongly odd with Johnny Depps acting and general demina.... Sadly I could see sense land feel the suffering of this man strongly weighing on him and you could easily feel if you knew the man enough that he's simply not him and his mind is somewhere else... Yet who could blame him after his personal life has taken a very strong toll on him as many of us would feel I if we were in his shoes married to Ms Amber Heard!!!!! ... I'm a simple and not into gossip and in their case the writings are on the wall for all to see during their marriage (Checkout The Adderall Diaries 2015 with James Franco and see for yourself how this lady acted in that B movie and what she decided to do on screen with fellow actor James Franco to know and understand That "Huston we have a problem!!!!) I was personally shocked with her in this movie and would've been the same if she was married to an even half decent actor let alone Johnny Depp the man himself!!!!!!!!

What disturbed me the most after watching this movie is how Johnny Depp would precieve it and how it could disturb him... I hear some people asking me to chill out because she was only acting and they're both actors and that's pretty common in their profession but the fact is no its not and its very rarely that a high profile couple especially with Johnny Depps discrete respectable family man that he always was no way he would accept her to do this in a role unless it's an Oscar winning rule and absolutely crucial to the movie and even then he would break up with her rather than to bare living through such act..... People would debate on this but that how I view him just like myself with similar moral values and limits of a decent respectable man with a very respectable history and career ... ... Finally all I want and wish for to this adorable Superstar is to regain his full emotional and mental fitness and sharpness once again very soon after he shrugs off all that is related to this terrible period as he need to focus again on finishing off his career in style and be just as good if not much better and wiser with his age and experience as he is still one of the hottest male actors in Hollywood at the late prime of his career and has all the sex appeal in the world to carry massive movies on his shoulders just like Tom Cruise whom he should probably take as a current lifestyle role model and the art of aging in style through staying very fit and healthy rather than destructive things!!


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