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Cast

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

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 <loh@sfu.ca>

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Dealer. Snitch. Junkie. Hustler. See more »

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Action | Crime | Thriller

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

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15 April 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Jenseits der weißen Linie  »

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$16,639,799 (USA)
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Trivia

The rhymes that 'Lawrence Fishburne''s character recites, such as "The jungle creed says that the strong must feed on any prey at hand..." are lyrics taken from the record 'Reflections' by best-selling black author 'Iceberg Slim'. Bill Duke, who is a great fan of Iceberg Slim's work, wrote a screenplay of his autobiography "Pimp" which never made it to production. See more »

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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 »

Quotes

John Hull: [Narrating] Taft's partner Heranandez was a dirty cop, He needed a bust to look clean, so Barbosa decided to...
Hernandez: You going to make me wait? I'm telling Taft that I got people working, I need some busts or they're going to start wondering about me.
Gopher: They're already wondering.
Felix Barbossa: Relax man, I told you to come here. You can have Gopher if you want.
Felix Barbossa: How about a lawyer?
Gopher: Felix, what?
Hernandez: Lawyers are great, Jewish even better, but I need some Spades. Politicians like dark faces so they can scare the suburbs ...
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References The Terminator (1984) See more »

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Down wi' My Nigga
Performed by Paradise
by Snoop Dogg (as Snoop Doggy Dogg), 3-2
Courtesy of Death Row Records
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Brilliant under cover cop film
7 December 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Saw this for the first time just the other day. Excellent. Found the story very believable. Found the characters very believable too. And it was fun and exciting. Politics mixed in in a believable manner too. I don't often watch a film without thinking 'Well that was good but x y and z were stupid'. I liked Fishburne's character a lot and found little to fault about his approach to some tricky situations (the directors didn't make him do anything stupid or dumb just to work the plot. It made lots of sense and I like sense). There were a few weirdly shot moments (or maybe it was 'Lovefilm watchnow' being jerky. Can't be sure.) But I'm really impressed right now. Amazed it's not better known and appreciated. Might change my rating to 10 if I watch again one day and still like it, or am still thinking about it in such a glowing manner in several months. And loved the the Snoop/Dre for the ending credits.


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