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 ...
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Glenn Wilson ...
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Man in Disco (as Jimmy Pickens)
Barbara Lasater ...
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Toni Pilgreen ...
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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

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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)


$7,241,350 (USA)

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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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