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November 25, 2020

Episode 495: To Live & Die in L.A. (1985)

Special Guests: Willem Dafoe, M. Scott Smith
Guest Co-Hosts: Jedidiah Ayres, Andrew Nette

#Noirvember2020 concludes with a look at William Friedkin's To Live & Die in L.A. (1984). The film pits Treasury agent William Petersen as Richard Chance against Willem Dafoe as artist and forger Rick Masters. Based on the novel of the same name by , it’s an unexpected cat and mouse story bathed in the harsh light of Los Angeles.

Jedidiah Ayres and Andrew Nette join Mike to discuss the film, Boiling Point, Wang Chung, and more.

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Bonus: More from M. Scott Smith

Buy To Live & Die in L.A. on Blu-Ray
Buy To Live & Die in L.A. by Gerald Petievich
Read Wallace Stroby's interview with Gerald Petievich
Read ‘To Live and Die in L.A.’: The Intelligent, Authentic Thriller as One of the Highlights of Friedkin’s Career from Cinephilia and Beyond
Visit the Billy Petersen fansite

"The Red Stare" - Wang Chung
"City of Angels" - Wang Chung
"To Live & Die in L.A." - Wang Chung



  1. Had to be said: outstanding, very satisfying NOIRvember of 2020. I LOVE this movie and did see it in theater. When Bill Peterson gets shot in the face, me and my bub looked at each other like, WTF and two 15 year old teens were sent back into the world with that now. But, into listen to the haters: the theme song title track is an alltimer! Thanks Mike.
    Everybody, basically, Wan Jung tonight

  2. Funny story. Was in Chicago in 1985 visiting my girlfriend who had recently moved there. We went to see Year Of The Dragon and when we got there were told that we could stay after the show to see the sneak preview of a new film. Yeah...you got it...To Live And Die In L.A. was the film. My favorite double feature of all time because like the 2nd feature, it was so BLASTED unexpected! Such a year that 1985 was.....