To Live and Die in L.A.
To Live and Die in L.A. is a 1985 American neo-noir action thriller film directed by William Friedkin and based on the novel by former U.S. Secret Service agent Gerald Petievich, who co-wrote the screenplay with Friedkin. The film features William Petersen, Willem Dafoe and John Pankow among others. Wang Chung composed and performed the original music soundtrack. The film tells the story of the lengths to which two Secret Service agents go to arrest a counterfeiter.
Richard Chance and Jimmy Hart are United States Secret Service agents assigned as counterfeiting investigators in its Los Angeles field office. Chance has a reputation for reckless behavior, while Hart is three days away from retirement. Alone, Hart stakes out a warehouse in the desert thought to be a print house of counterfeiter Rick Masters. After Masters and Jack, his bodyguard, kill Hart, Chance explains to his new partner, John Vukovich, that he will take Masters down no matter what.
|author||Gerald Petievich William Friedkin|
|editor||M. Scott Smith|
|genre||action crime thriller|
|keywords||brief burning man counterfeit down payment end extortion fbi federal bureau of investigation front money kidnap kill meet murder palm springs secret service set up spring sting operation turn undercover agent union station united states secret service|
|producer||Bud S. Smith Irving H. Levin|
|productionCompany||New Century Productions SLM Production Group United Artists|
|publisher||MGM/UA Entertainment Co.|
|theme||chase independent neo-noir|