To Live and Die in L.A. (1985): Friedkin’s Neo-Noir Thriller, Starring

William Friedkin directed To Live and Die in L.A., a neo-noir thriller, based on the 1984 novel by former U.S. Secret Service agent Gerald Petievich, who co-wrote the script with Friedkin.

The film features William Petersen, Willem Dafoe and John Pankow among others.

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 US Secret Service agents assigned as counterfeiting investigators in its Los Angeles field office.

Chance is known for his reckless behavior, while Hart is three days away from retirement.

Hart stakes out a desert warehouse, which serves as print house of counterfeiter Eric Masters. Masters and bodyguard Jack kill Hart, Chance explains to his new partner, John Vukovich, that he will take Masters down no matter what.

Wang Chung composed and performed the original music soundtrack.

William Petersen as Secret Service Agent Richard Chance
Willem Dafoe as Eric ‘Rick’ Masters
John Pankow as Secret Service Agent John Vukovich
Debra Feuer as Bianca Torres
John Turturro as Carl Cody
Darlanne Fluegel as Ruth Lanier
Dean Stockwell as Bob Grimes
Steve James as Jeff Rice
Robert Downey Sr. as Senior Secret Service Agent Thomas Bateman
Michael Greene as Secret Service Agent Jimmy Hart
Jack Hoar as Jack
Christopher Allport as Max Waxman
Valentin de Vargas as Judge Filo Cedillo
Dwier Brown as Dr. Newman
Michael Chong as Thomas Ling / FBI Special Agent Raymond Fong
Gerald Petievich as Himself
Jane Leeves as Serena
Jacqueline Giroux as Claudia Leith
Dar Robinson as FBI Special Agent Conrad
Thomas F. Duffy as Leon
Gary Cole as Max