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The Shield

Year:
Duration:
47 min
Genres:
Crime | Drama | Thriller
IMDB rate:
8.8
Awards:
Won 2 Golden Globes. Another 13 wins & 47 nominations
Details
Country: USA
Release Date: 2002-03-12
Filming Locations: ABC Television Center - 4151 Prospect Avenue, Los Angeles, California, USA
Cast
Actor
Character
Clifton Collins Jr.
Clifton Collins Jr.
The Shield
Wilmer Calderon
Wilmer Calderon
The Shield
Kyle Gallner
Kyle Gallner
The Shield
Stana Katic
Stana Katic
The Shield
Alex O'Loughlin
Alex O'Loughlin
The Shield
Janelle Marra
Janelle Marra
The Shield
Magi Avila
Magi Avila
The Shield
Michael Chiklis
Detective Vic Mackey
Catherine Dent
Officer Danni Sofer
Walton Goggins
Detective Shane Vendrell
Michael Jace
Officer Julien Lowe
Jay Karnes
Detective Holland Wagenbach
Benito Martinez
Captain David Aceveda
CCH Pounder
Detective Claudette Wyms
Cathy Cahlin Ryan
Corrine Mackey
David Rees Snell
Detective Ronnie Gardocki
Kenny Johnson
Detective Curtis Lemansky
David Marciano
Detective Steve Billings
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Trivia
The uniformed officers originally wore realistic LAPD-style badges over their left breast, which is standard in the real Los Angeles Police Department, as it is symbolically over the heart. After criticism from the real LAPD over the show's depiction of corrupt cops, the badges were replaced with less realistic badges which were worn over the right breast, starting midway through the first season.
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Clark Johnson directed both the pilot and the last episode of the show.
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To prepare for his role as Vic Mackey, not only did Michael Chiklis had to get in shape and special training, but he learned to speak Spanish.
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Quotes
Vic Mackey: [to the Strike Team] Hey, option one is: we take him alive. But feel free to consider option two.
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Holland Wagenbach: If my tone sounds superior it's because I'm American and you're Greek!
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Vic Mackey: [Listening to the Armenians] Huh... the Armenians... speak Armenian.
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Faq
Q
Does Dutch have a mental problem?
A
Throughout the series Dutch is shown to have a dark side, some things he has done may suggest a mental issue. Here is a list of weird or suspicious things Dutch has done and possible reasons for these actions.ACTION: He was caught with a computer full of child porn that he claimed was research for a personal investigation on his free time to see if people were luring kids. REASON: Dutch may have been a pedophile but that is unlikely considering he showed a sheer disgust for the rapists and pedophiles that he interrogated. However Dutch always seemed fascinated by the serial killers and rapists that he interrogated, suggesting he may have wanted to experience that thrill himself. But it was actually that Dutch wanted to become famous for bringing down serial killers, therefore he had to learn everything about them including how they choose their victims.ACTION: After petting a stray cat for a few minutes in his backyard, Dutch began to strangle it after it scratched him. He ended up killing it and throwing it on the ground. (it is obvious that he regretted doing it, the look on his face was filled with remorse. Not to mention he winds up taking a stray kitten home as a way to make up for killing a helpless animal) REASON: He could have just been angry that the cat hurt him so he strangled it out of rage. However earlier that day he interrogated a serial killer that described in eerie detail how he felt while killing his victims and then told a story about choking a puppy when he was a child. Also the killer kept mentioning a "thing" that he felt as he saw their eyes go lifeless. Dutch couldn`t pinpoint what this "thing" was so he killed the cat to find out first hand what it felt like to take a life.ACTION: After catching a serial killer he`d been chasing for months, Dutch goes into the Barn`s parking lot and sits in his car and cries while listening to a song called "I`m a liar." REASON: During the interrogation, the killer began to psychoanalyze Dutch. In the process he called Dutch a "lowly civil servant" among other hurtful things that could have set him off. Dutch may have been inflicted by the killer`s words because he knew that he was right about Dutch and that he let the killer get the better of him. Also, it was the relief of catching the person he had been after. This case had been Dutch's obsession, it became very personal to him. So when the case was finally solved, he was crying because he was relieved.NOTE: In the Sons Of Anarchy season 1 dvd commentary, creator Kurt Sutter (Who was a writer on the Shield and who also played Margos Dezerian) stated that his original pitch for Dutch in the final episode of The Shield series would have Dutch come home after long day's work, go down into his basement to reveal a bunch of dead bodies or a torture room or something along those lines. Showing Dutch to be a serial killer. While this idea was quickly scrapped by Shawn Ryan, therefore is not canon; it shows that there was something odd about Dutch that even some of the writers on the show wanted to elaborate on.
Q
Who put the dog crap in Dutch's desk in the pilot episode?
A
While Dutch believes it is Vic, and at first we are meant to think so as well, it was actually Claudette!The exchange between Claudette and Aceveda reveals this. Aceveda suspects it was Claudette, and she tries to brush it off as not really knowing what he was talking about. But as she turns you can see the look on her face trying not to laugh. At the end montage of the episode, we see Claudette arrive at home and she is greeted by a golden retriever.
Q
Is Farmington real?
A
There is no actual district anywhere in Los Angeles called Farmington, however many people believe that it is based on South Central which is the gang capital of the world. The Strike-Team is based on Rampart Division's CRASH unit, a corrupt anti-gang unit which, when it existed, had 18 different teams, one for each district.There are a few different theories as to what district Farmington is based on. It could be South Central, Rampart or it could just be made up as an additional district to avoid further controversy, as the writters knew the show would get if it actually used Rampart.
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Photos from cast
Carl Weathers Julie Dretzin Clifton Collins Jr. Franka Potente Nina Barry Wilmer Calderon Ric Drasin Jenya Lano