DirectorJason Freeland Music directorCynthia Millar Duration LanguageEnglish
Release date1998 WriterJason Freeland, James Ellroy (novel) Initial releaseJune 3, 1999 (Netherlands) CastMichael Rooker (Fritz Brown), Selma Blair (Jane), Brion James (Cathcart), Brad Dourif, Will Sasso, Kevin Corrigan Similar moviesChinatown (1974)
TaglineIn L.A., The Law Is Still For Sale.
Brown s requiem
Brown's Requiem is a 1998 film written and directed by Jason Freeland. Brown's Requiem was the first novel by noted crime author James Ellroy, and his third to be adapted to film following L.A. Confidential in 1997, and Blood on the Moon (filmed under the title Cop) in 1987.
Fritz Brown is a disgraced former LAPD officer now working as a private investigator and part-time repo man. Fritz is hired by an obese caddy named Fat Dog, supposedly to keep tabs on Fat Dog's sister, Jane. In the course of his investigation, Fritz learns that Jane is indeed living with an elderly millionaire named Solly, and that their relationship is odd at best. Fritz follows Solly and witnesses a transaction between Solly and Cathcart, the Internal Affairs Chief who disgraced Fritz and had him expelled from the police force. Fritz soon finds himself thrown into a complicated plot involving crooks, hit men, corrupt police and murder.
The film received mixed reviews upon its release; some critics dubbed the film a pale imitation of Chinatown, while others applauded it as a modern film noir masterpiece which remained true to Ellroy's original novel.
The film garnered writer/director Jason Freeland the Prize of the City of Grândola at the Festróia-Tróia International Film Festival, and also received the Jury Award for Best Premiere at the Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival.