To Live and Die in LA

To Live and Die in LA (1985)

Ending / spoiler

During a set-up transaction, Chance and Vukovich attempt to arrest Rick Masters and his bodyguard, Jack. Jack pulls out a shotgun from a locker and aims it at Vukovich. Chance shoots Jack in the chest, at the same time he shoots Chance in the face; they both die. Vukovich later tracks down Masters at his printing warehouse, which he has set ablaze. During a brief struggle, Vukovich is knocked out. But just as Masters is about to set him on fire, Vukovich recovers and shoots him. Masters drops his lighter and lights himself on fire. Vukovich survives as Masters perishes. In the event of Masters' death, Grimes (Masters' attorney) gives his estate to his girlfriend, Bianca. Without showing much remorse, she rides away in Masters' black Ferrari with Serena, whom they had a threesome with. In the last scene, Vukovich pays Chance's informant, Ruth, a visit, just as she's packing up to leave L.A., for good. He mentions Chance's death, that she knew the man they stole the advance money from was FBI, and that Chance left her with the leftover front money that his agency now wants back. All this leads to a surprise for Ruth: "You're working for me now". And with that, Chance lives on through Vukovich.

Brandon H.

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After a long car chase about mid-way through the film, the camera pans over the highway littered with smashed cars and hundreds of cars piled up. In the middle of this, you see a van painted a little like the Partridge Family bus....definately a one of a kind van. Then you see footage of the car which escaped the chase going down an empty side street and passes the same van. No way there are two vans like this one.

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Real counterfeit bills were printed during principal photography. The prop master got in some hot water for this, even though the bills were created specifically for a scene in which Willem Dafoe burns them in a fireplace.

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