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Street Kings (2008)

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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

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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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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


As stated by David Ayer in the commentary of the film. The character of Garcia was originally going to be a Reporter rather than a Nurse. See more »


The position of the sun changes in the last scene. 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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References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »


Puñalada al Corazon
Written and Performed by Xocoyotzin Herrera
Courtesy of LMS Records
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User Reviews

The police are the Street Kings and Keanu Reeves is their enforcer
10 April 2008 | by (Memphis, Tennessee) – See all my reviews

(Synopsis) Tom Ludlow (Keanu Reeves), a veteran LAPD Detective, works in a Special Vice Squad Unit in Los Angeles. Ludlow has been suffering from depression since his wife died. On top of that, his former partner, Detective Terrance Washington (Terry Crews) is murdered by two gang members. Ludlow goes on a wild and reckless quest through the mean streets of Los Angeles to track them down and get justice for Washington. Captain Jack Wander (Forest Whitaker) is Ludlow's supervisor who must keep him from going over the edge and out of the cross-hairs of Internal Affairs Captain James Biggs (Hugh Laurie).

(My Comment) Keanu Reeves and Forest Whitaker were excellent in playing their parts. In the first 10 minutes, we get to see how good Ludlow is in using his guns. The movie races at such a fast pace, and it is so intense at times that you don't know who is the good guy or the bad guy. There are some great shootout scenes, and whatever you do, don't get in Ludlow's way, because he will take you out. Usually, the police have this cop culture of protecting each other. After they imply that Ludlow had something to do with the murder of Detective Washington, he begins to question his loyalty to his fellow officers, especially, when they hang him out to dry. At that point the movie gets real interesting. The only problem I had with the script was that it put the tough cop Ludlow in a gloomy mood the whole movie. I would have preferred him to be a cop with self-control and strength of mind. If you enjoy cop dramas, you will like this one, because it has so many twists and turns and back stabbing to keep you interested and wanting more. You will love some of Ludlow's interrogation techniques of the bad guys. (Fox Searchlight, Run Time 1:49, Rated R)(8/10)

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