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


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tony Frank ...
Special K. McCray ...
Willie Red
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 January 1992 (USA)  »

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Fieberhaft  »

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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?


Tom Cruise turned down the part later played by Jason Patric as he didn't like the idea of scenes involving him taking drugs. See more »


When Dodd talks to Kristen outside the hotel, his tie is loosened about 4-5 inches and pulled to his right. When he enters the room and talks to Jimmy, his tie is loosened about 1-2 inches and directly below the shirt button. See more »


Gaines: You came real close this time, Pancho.
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Referenced in The Anniversary Party (2001) See more »


Before The Next Teardrop Falls
Written by Ben Peters & Vivian Keith
Performed by Freddy Fender (as Freddie Fender)
Courtesy of MCA Records
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It's a fine line, Dodd.
21 January 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Outstanding movie about undercover drug work with Jason Patric (In the Valley of Elah) and Jennifer Jason Leigh (Miami Blues, Margot at the Wedding).

Producer Lili Fini Zanuck (Driving Miss Daisy, Cocoon) directs her first film and does a great job of keeping the action moving as we delve into the sordid world of those who build cases against drug dealers and see the danger that they themselves are in. It was a revealing and tense film with outstanding performances by Patric and Leigh.

With Sam Elliott (The Big Lebowski, The Golden Compass) and Gregg Allman in his only movie.

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