- Country: USA
- Genres: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
- Release: 1985-11-01
- Director: William Friedkin
- Writers: Gerald Petievich
- Language: English | Arabic | Spanish
- Stars: William Petersen , Willem Dafoe , John Pankow , Debra Feuer
- Runtime: 116 min
- Awards: 3 wins.
- AKA: Viaţă şi moarte în L.A. (Romania) , Leben und sterben in L.A. (Germany) , Vivir y morir en Los Ángeles (Spain) , 威猛奇兵 (Taiwan) , O anthropos apo to Los Angeles (Greece) , Police fédérale, Los Angeles (Canada) , Да живееш и умреш в Ел Ей (Bulgaria) , Lihyot ve'lamut be'Los Angeles (Israel) , To Live and Die in L.A. (United Kingdom) , To Live and Die in L.A. (United States of America) , Vivir y morir en Los Ángeles (Uruguay, Eastern Republic of) , Gyventi ir mirti Los Andžele (Lithuania) , Жити і померти в Лос-Анджелесі (Ukraine) , To Live and Die in L.A. (Denmark) , Police fédérale, Los Angeles (France, French Republic) , Vivir y morir en Los Ángeles (Peru) , To Live and Die in L.A. , Vivir y morir en Los Ángeles (Argentina) , Att leva och dö i L.A. (Finland) , Brennpunkt L.A. (Norway) , Жить и умереть в Лос-Анджелесе , Ο άνθρωπος από το Λος Άντζελες (Greece) , Zyc i umrzec w Los Angeles (Poland) , Élni és meghalni Los Angelesben (Hungary) , Vivir y morir en Los Ángeles (Mexico) , Änglarnas stad - Los Angeles (Sweden) , Elää ja kuolla Losiksessa (Finland) , Änglarnas stad (Sweden) , Zendegi va Marg Dar Los Angeles (Iran) , L.A. daisosasen -- Ôkami-tachi no machi (Japan) , L.A.大捜査線 狼たちの街 (Japan) , Leben und sterben in L.A. , Brottsplats Los Angeles (Sweden) , Viver E Morrer em Los Angeles (Portugal, Portuguese Republic) , Viver e Morrer em Los Angeles (Brazil) , Živeti i umreti u L.A.-u (Serbia) , Elää ja kuolla L.A.:ssa (Finland) , Vivere e morire a Los Angeles (Italy)
- Plot: Working largely in cases of counterfeiting, LA based Secret Service agent Richie Chance exhibits reckless behavior which according to his longtime and now former partner Jimmy Hart will probably land him in the morgue before he's ready to retire. That need for the thrill manifests itself in his personal life by his love of base jumping. Professionally, it is demonstrated by the fact that he is sextorting a parolee named Ruth Lanier, who feeds him information in return for him not sending her back to prison for some trumped up parole violation. With his new partner John Vukovich, Chance is more determined than ever, based on recent circumstances, to nab known longtime counterfeiter Ric Masters, who is more than willing to use violence against and kill anyone who crosses him. Masters is well aware that the Secret Service is after him. Masters' operation is somewhat outwardly in disarray, with Chance being able to nab his mule, Carl Cody, in the course of moving some of the fake money, and one of his associates, a lawyer named Max Waxman, probably stealing money from him. Partly with information from Ruth, Chance is trying to find and exploit the weaknesses in Masters' operation. To accomplish his goal, Chance takes more and more unethical and illegal measures, which may be problematic for Vukovich, who comes from a family of police officers who are sworn to uphold the law.
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