Rush (1991)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama  |  17 January 1992 (USA)
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Two small-town Texas cops go undercover to catch a major drug dealer and are sucked into the drug culture, compromising their assignment.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tony Frank ...
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Dennis Letts ...
Senior District Attorney
Motorcycle Guy
Glenn Wilson ...
Motorcycle Guy
Man in Disco (as Jimmy Pickens)
Barbara Lasater ...
Yellow Rose Bartender
Toni Pilgreen ...
Driller's Waitress
Merrill Connally ...
Defense Attorney


Raynor is an undercover narcotics cop. For his next assignment he chooses the more inexperienced but tough and good-looking Kristen. Their ultimate target is Gaines, a renowned but very elusive drug dealer. While doing their work they unexpectedly fall into a morass of drug-addiction and fall in love with each other. Despite subjecting themselves to the life of low-class, one-track junkies they do not get the evidence they want to convict Gaines, and instead are forced into using false evidence in court. Written by k wedgwood

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Rated R for graphic drug use and for sensuality, language and violence | See all certifications »

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$17,000,000 (estimated)


$7,241,350 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The main character of the very popular and profitable computer game StarCraft was named after the main protagonist of this movie, Jim Raynor. See more »


End title credits misspell Lynyrd Skynyrd as "Lynyard Skynyrd". See more »


Gaines: You came real close this time, Pancho.
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Features All in the Family (1971) See more »


Bridge of Sighs
Written and Performed by Robin Trower
Courtesy of Chrysalis Records
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Rough and Sweet
9 July 2006 | by (Finland) – See all my reviews

I saw "Rush" yesterday and it surprised me completely. I haven't seen so powerfully dedicated acting in a long time! In "Rush" two undercover police officers (soulful pair Jason Patric and Jennifer Jason Leigh) who are trying to bust every big drug dealer in Los Angeles. But there is a fine line of becoming a drug addict when you are acting to be one... Is it save to use drugs in the name of good intentions?

Lili Fini Zanuck directed (and her spouse Richard D. Zanuck produced) Jason Leigh and Patric with a touch of a combination of rough and soft at the same time. The pair gives performances which are strong and morningly present, too. Probably their career's best roles. The pair supports the story and are the strength of whole movie. I was blown away. Jason Leigh and Patric really had the unspoken chemistry. That isn't easy to achieve. They were very impressively convincing.

Although of the rough subject of the movie the love story rises behind it. If your partner is screwed than so are you, Patric's character Jim Raynor says to Kirsten (Jason Leigh) about their under-covering. Yes, it is true but I think that Kirsten would have done whatever Jim would have wanted her to do even she was so strong individual. It is a notion of overcoming love.

I really loved the feeling of the seventies in the movie. The music (composed by guitar-wizard Eric Clapton), clothes and the spirit was so '70s (my favorite decade even I wasn't been born yet). After happy hippie-sixties, the golden era of drug-using was behind and the drug-busting was just begun. If the using was so free in the '60s in the '70s it was spreading more fluently and the criminality was increasing. The movie shows that how dangerous it is to be close encounter with the drug dealers.

The movie has R-rating here in Finland and some other countries too and it is definitely rough and tough although there is a softer side. But I am sure that the drug addicts life isn't so pretty so "Rush" feels very authentic and real.

"Rush" was surprisingly good movie which held me throughout the whole movie. I highly recommend it.

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