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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 <loh@sfu.ca>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Dealer. Snitch. Junkie. Hustler. See more »


Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


American government and/or intelligence agencies of the USA referenced and/or featured in this film include the DEA and the IRS. See more »


When John shows Gallegos the suitcase full of money, he slams the lid. A moment later, he pulls a gun out of the again-opened suitcase and shoots Gallegos. See more »


Taft: If somebody put a gun to your baby's head, would you try and kill them if you could? Huh? Me too. And by selling that stuff, you're putting a gun to my baby's head. Let me warn you. I'm like a mad dog after a bone. I'd be all over you like stink on doo-doo. Trust me.
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References The Terminator (1984) See more »


I See Ya Jay
Performed by Ragtime
by Bilal Bashir & Johnathan Scott
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One of the best films I have ever seen
5 February 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Like "The Crossing Guard," this film, "Deep Cover," kept me on the edge of my seat. The scenes between Larry Fishburne and Charles Martin Smith are superb, the writing is virtually flawless, the action is exciting and fresh, and the topic is so relevant it's hard to believe it came out fifteen years ago. It could be released today, it's that topical. I love political action thrillers such as the original "The Manchurian Candidate," but that film, as exciting as it was, left me cold. This film has so much heart and love in it on top of all the thrills that I found myself astonished by the virtuosity of the artists that composed this gem. I'm already a huge fan of the actors. I will now be searching IMDb for the subsequent work of the writers, directors, and producers of this masterpiece. Bravo, "Deep Cover"! I'm telling all my friends about you.

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