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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 ... 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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Color
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Trivia

According to Johnny Depp; he claim self-defense during an assault with a crew member, Rocky Brooks, while filming this movie. Brooks was later fired for not signing a release of the incident. 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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Well orchestrated but could've been way better!!
18 June 2019 | by surjitbiswasinSee all my reviews

Both the lead actors played the role superbly however, a lot of room for betterment. The focus on both the characters was way too much overshadowing the rest.

I mean, this is about the murder and cover-up of two most iconic rappers in American history leading a generation. The movie felt like an isolated segment not showing the overall influence of this instance on the nation. In other words, the picturization made it all look like a local small time case.

The ending again was disappointing and could've portrayed the legacy of the detective's work instead of ending on a not meaning, his life was worthless or was valued only by a few.


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