- Cast: Steve Buscemi, Woody Harrelson, Sigourney Weaver, Robin Wright, Ben Foster, Brie Larson, Anne Heche, Ice Cube, Cynthia Nixon, Ned Beatty, Jon Foster, Jon Bernthal, Stella Schnabel, Sophie Kargman, Leonard Kelly-Young, Sammy Boyarsky, Robert Wisdom, Matt McTighe, Deadlee, Steve Forbess, Don Creech
- Director: Oren Moverman
- Writers: James Ellroy, Oren Moverman
- Producers: Ben Foster, Lawrence Inglee, Ken Kao, Clark Peterson
- Co Producers: Luca Borghese, Ross Ioppolo
- Associate Producers: William Paul Clark, Charlie O'Carroll
- Executive Producers: Paul Currie, Michael DeFranco, Garrett Kelleher, Lila Yacoub
- Art Direction: Austin Gorg
- Castings: Laura Rosenthal, Rachel Tenner
- Costume Design: Catherine George
- D.O.P.: Bobby Bukowski
- Editor: Jay Rabinowitz
- Makeup: Linda Dowds
- Music: Dickon Hinchliffe
- Production Design: David Wasco
- Set Decorations: Bo Hrupcho, Timothy Knoll, Paul Lindsey, Sandy Reynolds-Wasco
Officer Dave Brown (Harrelson) is a Vietnam vet and a Rampart Precinct cop, dedicated to doing "the people's dirty work" and asserting his own code of justice, often blurring the lines between right and wrong to maintain his action-hero state of mind. When he gets caught on tape beating a suspect, he finds himself in a personal and emotional downward spiral as the consequences of his past sins and his refusal to change his ways in light of a department-wide corruption scandal seal his fate.
Brown internalizes his fear, anguish and paranoia as his world, complete with two ex-wives who are sisters, two daughters, an aging mentor dispensing bad advice, investigators galore, and a series of seemingly random women, starts to unravel. In the end, what is left is a human being stripped of all his pretense, machismo, chauvinism, arrogance, sexism, homophobia, racism, aggression, misanthropy; but is it enough to redeem him as a man?
- Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
- Filming Locations: Los Angeles, USA
- MPAA Warning: Pervasive language, sexual content nd some violence
- Production Companies: Waypoint Entertainment, Amalgam Features, Lightstream Pictures
- Production Schedule: October 2010 - February 2011
2011 Guide Analysis: "Following on from his success with his acclaimed first directing effort "The Messenger" in 2009, Israeli filmmaker Oren Moverman re-teams with Woody Harrelson and Ben Foster to tell this story of the widespread corruption that plagued an anti-gang unit of the Los Angeles Police Department Rampart Division in the late 1990s. Over 70 police officers were implicated in misconduct, one of the most widespread cases in U.S. history. From evidence tampering to assault, theft, perjury and more - all coming to a costly $125 million in settlements for the city of Los Angeles.
James Ellroy's script uses the backdrop of the scandal to tell the story of one veteran cop, a Vietnam veteran who has spent thirty years on the force, who searches for redemption due to the beating and eventual death of suspect. One cute touch is Ben Foster's actor brother, Jon Foster, has a role in this alongside his brother and an impressive cast list that also includes Anne Heche, Robin Wright, Brie Larson, Stella Schnabel and Jon Bernthal. Filming on the project kicked off in Los Angeles late last year so there's little in the way of material available as yet. Hopefully this will turn out as well as "The Messenger" did."