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Street Kings (2008)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama  |  11 April 2008 (USA)
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An undercover cop, disillusioned by the recent murder of his wife, is implicated in the murder of an officer and must struggle to clear himself.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Scribble (as Cedric 'The Entertainer' Kyles)
Detective Terrence Washington
Grill (as The Game)
Cle Sloan ...
Quicks (as Noel G.)


LAPD detective Tom Ludlow is a ruthlessly efficient, unorthodox undercover cop. Captain Jack Wander always covers for Tom, as do even his somewhat jealous colleagues. After technically excessive violence against a vicious Korean gang during the liberation of a kidnapped kid sex slave, Tom becomes the target of IA's hotshot, captain James Biggs, who feels passed over after Wander's promotion to chief. Tom's corrupt, disloyal ex-patrol partner Terrence Washington sides with IA but is killed during a shop robbery in Tom's presence. Written by KGF Vissers

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Their City. Their Rules. No Prisoners.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence and pervasive language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

11 April 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

King's X  »

Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$12,469,631 (USA) (11 April 2008)


$26,415,649 (USA) (11 July 2008)

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When Keanu Reeves character first meets Chirs Evans character in his office, he subsequently leaves the office and says "Harry, I thought you were dead?" This is a reference to Speed (1994) where Keanu Reeves character has a partner called Harry (Jeff Daniels) who was killed early on in a house bombing. See more »


When Ludlow shoots the Korean guy who was sitting on a toilet, he falls and we see that he has his pants on and the toilet seat is actually down. Later, when Ludlow plants the weapon on the guard at the desk, we see over his shoulder that the toilet seat is now up. See more »


[first lines]
Boss Kim: Yo dawg.
Tom Ludlow: Konnichiwa.
Boss Kim: What?
Tom Ludlow: Konnichiwa. Konnichiwa. It means what's up. So what the fuck's up?
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Referenced in Streets of Blood (2009) See more »


Arranged by Otto Jenson and Julien Desabrais
Courtesy of 5 Alarm Music
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Quite An Entertaining Cop Thriller
13 April 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Keanu Reeves's acting has been called Luc warm by the critics, I don't think he is the worlds worst performer, There are so many other performers I'd like to give that crown too has the worst, but he does not fit in that category. So far his performances are not Oscar worthy, but he manages to make them memorable for the most part.

Set in the mean streets of L.A. veteran cop Tom Ludlow(Keanu Reeves), who has had a strong chip on his shoulder since his wife died, uses dirty methods to get the bad guys, but his captain(Forest Whitaker) does not care, has long as he gets results. But then things begin to come down on him, When he is caught up in a shooting of a former friend turned enemy(Terry Crews), Then Tom starts being investigated on why was he there. Tom secretly begins his own investigation, he has the feeling he might have been set up, will he find out the truth, or will the truth get him killed? It was entertaining to say the least the best cop thriller since L.A. Confidental. It had great suspense and great performances by everybody in the film.

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