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Broken City (2013)

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In a city rife with injustice, ex-cop Billy Taggart seeks redemption and revenge after being double-crossed and then framed by its most powerful figure: Mayor Nicholas Hostetler.

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Allen Hughes

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Brian Tucker
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Wahlberg ... Billy Taggart
Russell Crowe ... Mayor Hostetler
Catherine Zeta-Jones ... Cathleen Hostetler
Jeffrey Wright ... Carl Fairbanks
Barry Pepper ... Jack Valliant
Alona Tal ... Katy Bradshaw
Natalie Martinez ... Natalie Barrow
Michael Beach ... Tony Jansen
Kyle Chandler ... Paul Andrews
James Ransone ... Todd Lancaster
Griffin Dunne ... Sam Lancaster
Odessa Feaster Odessa Feaster ... Secretary - Hostetler (as Odessa Sykes)
Britney Theriot Britney Theriot ... Valerie
Luis Tolentino Luis Tolentino ... Mikey Tavarez
Tony Bentley ... Judge
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Storyline

In New York City, detective Billy Taggart goes to court for the murder of the rapist Mikey Tavarez, but the Mayor Nicholas Hostetler and the Chief of Police Carl Fairbanks vanish with important evidence and Billy is declared not guilty by the judge; however, he leaves the police department. Seven years later, Billy is a private detective and lives with his girlfriend Natalie Barrow, who is an aspiring actress and the sister of Mikey's victim. His secretary Katy Bradshaw (Alona Tal) is trying to collect part of the debts to save their business. In the week of the elections, Hostetler summons Billy and offers $25,000 to investigate his wife, Cathleen Hostetler, whom he believes is having a love affair. Billy discovers that Cathleen is meeting Paul Andrews, who is the coordinator of the campaign of Jack Valliant, the opponent of Hostetler and favorite in the election. When Paul is found dead on the street, Billy finds that he had been double-crossed by Hostetler and he decides to ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Taglines:

Proof Can Be a Powerful Weapon.

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive language, some sexual content and violence | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

18 January 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ciudad de sombras See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,268,908, 18 January 2013

Gross USA:

$19,701,164
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

As one of the producers, Mark Wahlberg offered the role of Billy Taggart to Michael Fassbender, but when he declined, Wahlberg ended up playing the part himself. See more »

Goofs

When Billy and the mayor are in the mayor's office where he first hires Billy to investigate his wife, the decanter and the glasses on the table and the blanket on one of the couches all change position repeatedly between shots. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Prosecutor: Your Honor, it's murder. Even when the police do it.
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Featured in Maltin on Movies: Gangster Squad (2013) See more »

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Music
Written by Frank Gaye, Marvin Gaye, Nona Gaye and Erick Sermon
Performed by Erick Sermon featuring Marvin Gaye
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A Generic Political Thriller
20 June 2013 | by griffolyon12See all my reviews

Broken City is not an unwatchable movie, but it's not a great movie either. A standard, run-of- the-mill political thriller about corrupt politicians and the private eye caught in the middle of it all, is elevated by the turns of Mark Wahlberg and Russell Crowe, but the script itself is bland and a little too on the nose for it to ever be believable or emotionally involving. When a character is flat-out telling you everything about their backstory, rather than letting you piece it together through visuals and subtext, that's when you know the script doesn't always work. Even still, there are good moments to be found here and there, but there's nothing about this movie that's any different than any similar movie ever released, and most of those do everything a lot better. Want my advice, watch Serpico or All the President's Men instead.

I give Broken City a 6 out of 10!


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