Deep Cover (1992)

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A black uniformed policeman is recruited by a devious drug enforcement agent to infiltrate a smuggling organization seeking to expand into designer drugs. This 'ugly side of the war on ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
René Assa ...
Policeman (as Bruce Barbour)
Bilal Bashir ...
Rapper's Musician
Anna Berger ...
Donald Bishop ...
Ed Cambridge ...
Crackhead #2
Jaime Cardriche ...
Alisa Christensen ...
Ivy's Driver
Alex Colon ...
Molto (as Alex Colón)
Cory Curtis ...
James Encinas ...
Guzman's Guard
Joseph Ferro ...
Russell Stevens Jr. / John Hull (as Larry Fishburne)


A black uniformed policeman is recruited by a devious drug enforcement agent to infiltrate a smuggling organization seeking to expand into designer drugs. This 'ugly side of the war on drugs' explores the context of race, identity and hypocrisy within a brutal and alienating investigation. Written by Keith Loh <>

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Dealer. Snitch. Junkie. Hustler. See more »


Action | Crime | Thriller

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

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Release Date:

15 April 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Jenseits der weißen Linie  »

Box Office


$16,639,799 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


During the ending scene when Russell Stevens was about to arrest David Jason, David smacked Russell and said, "wake up". It was a nod to Lawrence Fishburne's portrait Dap from Spike Lee's School Daze. See more »


When Felix Barbosa is slapping Eddie around in the pool hall at one point Eddie pulls all the food and glasses off the table. The food and drink reappear for one shot before disappearing for good. See more »


Felix Barbossa: [after beating Eddie to death with a pool cue] So, John, what do you think?
John Hull: I think you made your point.
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Cueros y Cuerdas/Skins and Strings
Written & Performed by Marcos Loya
Courtesy of Spindletop Records
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A perfect movie for this Genre of film
11 September 2005 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

This was really a perfect movie for this genre of film. The understated quality acting of Lawrence Fishburne is superb. I really enjoyed seeing the main character's downward spiral. There is excellent character development through the plot which is not the usual cliché. The acting all around is very high caliber, and the tone and pace of the film (directing) is spot on. Highly recommended, highly watchable, one of my top ten favorite films. Films are always better when there is dramatic conflict, and seeing the main character torn apart slowly provides compelling cinema. More films should be made like this! (with less explosions / body counts etc...) As a frame of reference - I am a huge fan of the early James Bond (connery) films, and can't stand the new ones...

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