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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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Dodd
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Walker
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Tony Frank ...
Nettle
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Monroe
Special K. McCray ...
Willie Red
Dennis Letts ...
Senior District Attorney
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Motorcycle Guy
Glenn Wilson ...
Motorcycle Guy
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Man in Disco (as Jimmy Pickens)
Barbara Lasater ...
Yellow Rose Bartender
Toni Pilgreen ...
Driller's Waitress
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Defense Attorney
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Storyline

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 kwedgwood@hotmail.com

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How far do they go before they've gone too far?


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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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$17,000,000 (estimated)

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$7,241,350 (USA)
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Jason Patric actually did shoot up for authenticity's sake for the film though the substances he used in his syringes were either saline or vitamins. See more »

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(at around 10 mins) When Jim slams the door of the Charger and the window falls down, you can see the hand of a crew member in the back seat quickly pulling something to let the window fall. See more »

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Gaines: You came real close this time, Pancho.
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I Fall to Pieces
Written by Hank Cochran & Harlan Howard
Performed by Patsy Cline
Courtesy of MCA Records
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Excellent drama, much better than expected
18 May 2000 | by (Spotsylvania, Virginia) – See all my reviews

I watched this only because Sam Elliott was in it, expecting little from Patric & Leigh, whom I looked upon as TV-quality lightweights. I was quite wrong -- both can act with great strength when given a quality script (a rare item in Hollywood). This is an intense, driven tale about undercover cops firmly entangled in the drug underworld, with the criminal activity and hypocrisy evenly spread between the cops and the dealers. The accuracy of this portrayal and the obvious futility of the "War on Drugs" explain why this film was hammered loudly by the police departments, newspapers and mainstream critics. To anyone who hasn't spent time around serious junkies this film will be a bit of a jolt, but it's the best and most honest portrayal of this world ever put on film.

This is definitely not your standard two-cop "buddy" films that spew forth so often from the Hollywood colon. The story is not predictable, nor is the ending....nor the ending after that ending. Scripts like this are jolting because they make you realize just how awful most of the other films actually are.

Some of the secondary actors turn in surprisingly nice jobs here. Sam Elliott turns in his usual good work, always enjoyable, but several others are well worth mention: Max Perlich, the pathetic little snitch, and Gregg Allman, who with almost no dialogue does a very convincing portrayal of a malevolent local crime kingpin.

This is one of those rare movies where the soundtrack is worth owning. Eric Clapton does a superb score, and his selection of music for the saloon and drug den scenes is masterful.

I've watched this three times, each a few years apart, and it gets better each time. The film doesn't have rely on fancy car chases, lengthy gunfights or comic relief. It's simply a fine film done by craftsmen -- a rare treat indeed.


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