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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Willie Red
Dennis Letts ...
Senior District Attorney
Motorcycle Guy
Glenn Wilson ...
Motorcycle Guy
Man in Disco (as Jimmy Pickens)
Barbara Lasater ...
Yellow Rose Bartender
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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

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

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17 January 1992 (USA)  »

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Fieberhaft  »

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$17,000,000 (estimated)


$7,241,350 (USA)

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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 »


When talking with Kristen outside the hotel, Dodd's tie is loosened about 5 inches and cocked to his right. When he enters the room and talks with Jimmy, his tie is barely loosened and directly under his throat. See more »


Kristen: Yeah, but it's a fine line, Dodd.
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Referenced in The Anniversary Party (2001) See more »


The South's Gonna Do It Again
Written by Charlie Daniels
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Well acted and convincing drama
9 February 2000 | by (Oakland CA) – See all my reviews

Rush was a controversial film upon it's initial release. Scenes depicting drug use by police officers were denounced by the usual Fraternal Orders and right wing cranks. Those scenes are only part of what makes Rush such a memorable experience. Good performances from Jennifer Jason Leigh as a starry eyed rookie narc, Sam Elliott as her burned out boss, and especially Max Perlich as a construction worker making some extra bucks in the drug trade anchor a film that makes a mockery of our vain attempts to somehow end the importation and use of these illegal substances. When does use change into addiction? How far will we go to stop people from abusing their bodies, and how many lies must be told in the process? Rush is a brave and provocative film that tells it's story without histrionics, a minimum of gunplay, and a dearth of sensationalism...despite what Officer Friendly may say about it.

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