When a notorious, highly sophisticated counterfeiter murders his partner, Secret Service agent
Richard Chance (William Petersen) launches a furious vendetta to capture the man responsible.
But master counterfeiter Rick Masters (Willem Dafoe) is always just one step ahead of Chance
in William Friedkin's thrilling, suspenseful crime drama. With violent shoot-outs and a turbulent
chase scene reminiscent of Friedkin's own The French Connection, To Live and Die in L.A. broke
with tradition by making the ostensible hero as morally reprehensible as the villain he pursues.
Clashing with bureaucratic obstacles, Chance is forced to break the rules in order to procure
cash for a sting operation, but the risks he takes snowball into an avalanche of violence and
moral repercussions, leading to a morally ambiguous cul-de-sac from which there may be no
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