City of Lies
by Randall Sullivan
- Miriam Segal
- Paul Brennan
- Stuart Manashil
- Good Films
- Romulus Entertainment
- FilmNation Entertainment
- Infinitum Nihil
- December 8, 2018 (2018-12-08) (Noir in Festival)
- March 19, 2021 (2021-03-19) (United States)
City of Lies is a 2018
The film premiered in Italy on December 8, 2018, screened out of competition on the last day of the
In 1997, just weeks after the Wallace murder, Poole is tasked with investigating the shooting of off-duty black police officer
Poole and his partner Fred Miller obtain the names of suspects including David Mack, another LAPD officer in Knight's employ, as well as Nation of Islam member Amir Muhammad and Blood member Wardell Fouse. Poole learns Mack worked security for Wallace and has also been recently tied to a bank robbery. Mack is arrested but does not give up any information related to Wallace's death. Poole begins investigating yet another LAPD officer, Rafael Pérez, after learning that he has been stealing cocaine from the evidence room. Poole tails Pérez and watches him shoot a drug dealer but Poole intervenes and shoots Pérez in self-defense. Pérez is criminally charged and implicates himself and other officers in various criminal activities. Poole is granted his own task force and also prepares to take the stand in Lyga's civil trial where he intends to claim, on the record, that Mack was involved in Wallace's death and that the LAPD is covering it up, but the city settles before the trial commences. Lyga is unable to clear his name and Poole is shunned by the LAPD.
Jackson meets with Poole and Voletta who have developed a friendship in the decades since her son's murder. Jackson apologizes to her for previously writing an article implicating her son in the murder of Tupac Shakur; which she accepts. Voletta reveals that she is thankful for Poole's sacrifice in his attempts to solve the murder. Poole informs Jackson that Wallace's earning potential was estimated at $1 billion, and that a civil suit would bankrupt the city. One day, Poole goes to the L.A. Sheriff's Department in an attempt to reopen his investigation, but suffers a heart attack and dies some time after.
Out of guilt, Jackson, using the information he has learned, wrote an article about Russell Poole declaring him as a forgotten hero. Jackson's article is received with acclaim, however, he soon resigns from his job, finding the system too hypocritical to celebrate worthy men like Poole. Both the murders of Wallace and Tupac remain unsolved.
- Johnny Depp as Russell Poole, a retired LAPD detective.
- Forest Whitaker as Darius "Jack" Jackson, a journalist who teams with the cop to find the truth.
- Rockmond Dunbar as Dreadlocks
- Neil Brown Jr. as Rafael Pérez, a corrupt LAPD officer
- Xander Berkeley as Edwards
- Shea Whigham as Detective Frank Lyga
- Wynn Everett as Megan Poole, Russell's wife.
- Toby Huss as Detective Fred Miller, Poole's partner
- Louis Herthum as City Attorney Stone, a city attorney who defends Poole on trial.
- Shamier Anderson as David "D. Mack" Mack, a corrupt LAPD officer.
- Amin Joseph as Kevin Gaines, a corrupt LAPD officer
- Laurence Mason as Dunton, an FBI Agent
- Joseph Ferrante as Detective Snow
- Dayton Callie as Lieutenant O'Shea
- Keith Szarabajka as Sgt. Reese
- Peter Greene as Commander Fasulo
- Marisol Sacramento as Errolyn Romero
- Michael Paré as Varney
- Glenn Plummer as Psycho Mike
- Kevin Chapman as Sgt. Leeds
- Obba Babatundé as Chief of Police
- Robert Henley Starr as EMT Robert McGinnis
- Rian Bishop as Officer Simpyak
- Rey Borge as Cashier
- Voletta Wallace as herself, the Notorious B.I.G.'s mother
- Killer Mike as Arrested Man
On February 4, 2013, Miriam Segal's British production company Good Films was reported to have bought the film rights to Randall Sullivan's non-fiction book LAbyrinth. This explored police corruption in Los Angeles related to detective Russell Poole's investigation of the murders of Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls, which were never solved. On September 7, 2016, Johnny Depp was reportedly cast in the film to play Poole, the Los Angeles police detective.
Brad Furman was announced as director for the film, from a script written by Christian Contreras and adapted from the book. On September 19, Open Road Films acquired the film's US distribution rights. It co-financed the film along with Miramax, while Good Universe handled the film's international sales.
On November 11, 2016, Rockmond Dunbar was cast in the film to play Dreadlocks. The same day Forest Whitaker joined the film to play the journalist who teams up with the police officer to uncover the truth. On November 17, Neil Brown Jr. was cast in the film to play police officer Rafael Pérez. Xander Berkeley, Shea Whigham, Wynn Everett, and Toby Huss were cast in the film on December 13, while two days later Louis Herthum and Shamier Anderson also joined the film, with Herthum playing a city attorney who defends Poole on trial and Anderson playing corrupt LAPD officer David "D. Mack" Mack. On January 6, 2017, Amin Joseph joined the film to play police officer Kevin Gaines, and on January 18, Laurence Mason to play an FBI agent, Dunton. On January 23, 2017, newcomer Joseph Ferrante joined the film for an unspecified role.
Principal photography on the film began on December 13, 2016, in Los Angeles, California. Principal photography wrapped in May 2017.
The first trailer for the film, originally titled LAbyrinth, was released on May 21, 2018, which would have been the Notorious B.I.G.'s 46th birthday.
On August 23, 2018, the
City of Lies was first premiered in Italy when it was screened on December 9, 2018, out of competition, at the
On March 4, 2021,
In the United States and Canada, the film grossed $275,049 from 501 theaters in its opening weekend, a per-venue average of $549.
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On Redbox, the film debuted at #1 on the rental chart and #5 on the VOD chart for week ending June 13, 2021.
On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 51% based on 49 reviews, with an average rating of 6/10. According to Metacritic, which calculated a weighted average score of 44 out of 100 based on 12 critics, the film received "mixed or average reviews".
Richard Roeper of the Chicago Sun-Times gave the film 3 out of 4 stars, writing: "...in large part due to the stellar work from Depp and Whitaker, this is a valuable and somewhat illuminating look back at the senseless, stunning killings of two rap icons just six months apart." Writing for The Hollywood Reporter, John DeFore wrote: "This is a compelling drama with real-world concerns that shouldn't be ignored, and it deserves better than to be the victim of an actor's offscreen sins."
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Films directed by Brad Furman
- 2018 films
- 2018 biographical drama films
- 2010s American films
- 2010s British films
- 2018 crime drama films
- 2010s English-language films
- 2010s police films
- American biographical drama films
- American crime drama films
- American police detective films
- Biographical films about singers
- British biographical drama films
- British crime drama films
- Crime films based on actual events
- Cultural depictions of Tupac Shakur
- Films about the Los Angeles Police Department
- Films about murder
- Films based on non-fiction books
- Films directed by Brad Furman
- Films set in the 1990s
- Films set in 2015
- Films set in Los Angeles
- Films shot in Los Angeles
- Hood films
- Infinitum Nihil films
- Miramax films
- The Notorious B.I.G.
- Open Road Films films
- Saban Films films