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Release Date:
15 April 1992 (USA) See more »
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There's a thin line between catching a criminal and becoming one . . . See more »
Plot:
A black uniformed policeman is recruited by a devious drug enforcement agent to infiltrate a smuggling... See more » | Add synopsis »
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4 nominations See more »
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Two Masks. See more (54 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Lira Angel ... Bijoux
René Assa ... Guzman

Bruce Paul Barbour ... 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 ... Young Russell Stevens Jr.

Victoria Dillard ... Betty
James Encinas ... Guzman's Guard
Joseph Ferro ... James

Laurence Fishburne ... Russell Stevens Jr. / John Hull (as Larry Fishburne)
Def Jef ... Bartender
Harry Frazier ... Lunatic Santa
Neil Goldberg ... Dealer

Jeff Goldblum ... David Jason
Revalyn T. Golde ... Hull's Lawyer
Yvette Heyden ... Nancy

Sandra Gould ... Mrs. G.
Erik Kilpatrick ... Dealer

Sydney Lassick ... Gopher
Nick LaTour ... Republican Congressman

Kamala Lopez ... Belinda
Shannon Macpherson ... Miranda

Ric Mancini ... Congressman
Lionel Matthews ... Officer Winston

Julio Oscar Mechoso ... Hernandez
Arthur Mendoza ... Gallegos
John Messall ... Crackhead #1

James T. Morris ... Ivy

Paunita Nichols ... Jacquiline

Tony Perez ... Guzman's Lawyer

Clifton Powell ... Leland
Roberto Santana ... Dealer
Jonathon Scott ... Rapper (as Jonathan Scott)

Vicellous Shannon ... 13 Year Old

Gregory Sierra ... Barbosa

Eleva Singleton ... 1st Reporter

Charles Martin Smith ... Carver

Roger Guenveur Smith ... Eddie

Lisa Thayer ... Bailiff

Ron Thompson ... Store Owner

Glynn Turman ... Russell Stevens Sr.

Tyrin Turner ... Dealer
David Weixelbaum ... Chino

John Boyd West ... Cal Tech

Clarence Williams III ... Taft
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Victoria Angulo ... Torch Singer (uncredited)

Regina Don ... Girlfriend (uncredited)
Haywood Galbreath ... Man in Restroom (uncredited)
Dennis Lee Kelly ... Lawyer (uncredited)

Barbara Anne Klein ... Bank teller (uncredited)
Gary Locke ... Coroner (uncredited)
Mike Radner ... Coroner (uncredited)

John Shepherd ... Undercover Cop (uncredited)
J.W. Smith ... Video Dealer (uncredited)
Tony Trevino ... Priest (uncredited)

Directed by
Bill Duke 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Michael Tolkin (story)

Michael Tolkin (screenplay) and
Henry Bean (screenplay)

Produced by
Henry Bean .... producer
Pierre David .... producer
Michael De Luca .... co-executive producer
Deborah Moore .... co-producer
David Streit .... executive producer
Ron Stacker Thompson .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Michel Colombier 
 
Cinematography by
Bojan Bazelli (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
John Carter 
 
Casting by
Chemin Sylvia Bernard 
Kimberly Hardin 
 
Production Design by
Pamela B. Warner  (as Pam Warner)
 
Art Direction by
Daniel Bickel 
 
Set Decoration by
Donald Elmblad 
 
Costume Design by
Arline Burks Gant 
 
Makeup Department
Barrie Buckner .... hair assistant
Barrie Buckner .... makeup assistant
Fay Kelly .... hair stylist
Erma Kent .... hair stylist
Douglas Noe .... assistant makeup artist
Suzanne Parker Sanders .... key makeup artist
Suzanne Parker Sanders .... makeup effects
Ann Wadlington .... hair stylist
Kenneth Walker .... hair stylist
Shaka Ken Walter .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Margaret E. Fannin .... unit production manager
Joe Fineman .... executive in charge of post-production
Cindy Lovelady .... executive in charge of production (as Cindy Hornickel)
Pamela Winn-Barnett .... post-production supervisor (as Pam Winn)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Greg Wayne Elam .... second unit director
Hope R. Goodwin .... first assistant director
Rodney Allen Hooks .... second assistant director: second unit
Sandra M. Middleton .... second assistant director
Conrad E. Palmisano .... second unit director
Robert Scott .... second second assistant director
Willie E. Simmons Jr. .... first assistant director: second unit
Warren R. Turner .... additional second assistant director
Jerry Ziesmer .... additional first assistant director
 
Art Department
Daniel Bickel .... construction coordinator
Chris Carriveau .... art department coordinator
Michael T. Daigle .... lead scenic
Christopher Harwood .... leadman
Darryl Henley .... storyboard artist
John McFarlane .... construction foreman
Jeffrey Moore .... property master
 
Sound Department
Gregg Barbanell .... foley artist
Brad Blake .... supervising sound editor
Harry Cohen .... sound designer
Harry Cohen .... sound effects editor
Richard Corwin .... supervising dialogue editor
Thom 'Coach' Ehle .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
William Freesh .... adr recordist
Tim Gedemer .... sound editor
Brian Geer .... foley mixer
Lewis Goldstein .... sound effects editor
Peter J. Lehman .... sound effects editor
Paul Vik Marshall .... boom operator
Vince Nicastro .... foley artist
Terry O'Bright .... adr mixer
Terry O'Bright .... sound mixer
Mark Petersen .... assistant sound editor
Ken S. Polk .... re-recording mixer
Ann Scibelli .... sound effects editor
Tony Smyles .... production sound mixer
Cathie Speakman .... sound editor
Ken Teaney .... re-recording mixer
Aletha Rodgers .... additional production sound mixer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Mark R. Byers .... assistant special effects
Frank Ceglia .... special effects coordinator
Gary Jones .... special effects assistant
 
Visual Effects by
Dan Perri .... optical effects designer
 
Stunts
Michael Adams .... stunts
Bruce Paul Barbour .... stunts
Eddie Braun .... stunts
Moore Brian .... stunts (as Brian Moore)
Tony Brubaker .... stunts
John Cann .... stunts
Phil Chong .... stunts
Alisa Christensen .... stunts
Roydon Clark .... stunts
Eugene Collier .... stunts
Jake Crawford .... stunts
Gregg Dandridge .... stunts (as Greg Dandridge)
Sonja Davis .... stunts
Greg Wayne Elam .... stunt coordinator (as Greg W. Elan)
Kiante Elam .... stunts
Ousaun Elam .... stunts
Andy Epper .... stunts (as Andrew Epper)
Randy Fife .... stunts (as Randy 'Fife')
George Fisher .... stunts
Frankie 'G' Garbutt .... stunts (as Frankie Garbutt)
Dick Hancock .... stunts
Michael Harrison .... stunts
Johnny Hock .... stunts (as John Hock)
Jamie Sue Johnson .... stunts
Melvin Jones .... stunts
Steve Kelso .... stunts
Henry Kingi .... stunts
Barbara Anne Klein .... stunts
Steven Lambert .... stunts (as Steve Lambert)
Fred Lerner .... stunts
Kent W. Luttrell .... stunts
Steve Martinez .... stunts
Rusty McClennon .... stunts
Bill McIntosh .... stunts
Bob Minor .... stunts
Rita Minor .... stunts
John Moio .... stunts
Tom Morga .... stunts
Alan Oliney .... stunts
Jimmy Ortega .... stunts
Conrad E. Palmisano .... stunts
Eddie Perez .... stunts (as Edward G. Perez)
Mary Peters .... stunts
Jeff Ramsey .... stunts
Jalon Raney .... stunts (as Jalon Rainey)
Branscombe Richmond .... stunts
John Robotham .... stunts
Thomas Rosales Jr. .... stunts
Debby Lynn Ross .... stunts
Rick Seaman .... stunts
Peter Stader .... stunts
Rock A. Walker .... stunts
Alphonse Walter .... stunts
Terrence Walters .... stunts
Jim Wilkey .... stunts
Harry Wowchuk .... stunts
Bill Young .... precision stunt driving coordinator (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Wayne Baker .... first assistant camera: second unit
Douglas Blagg .... electrician (as Doug Blagg)
Jon Caradies .... additional dolly grip (as John Caradies)
Jim Carroll .... grip
Mike Cohen .... second assistant camera
David W. Donoho .... dolly grip (as David Donoho)
Erik A. Erichsen .... electrician (as Erik Erichsen)
Peter Etnoyer .... additional second camera
Derew Frutos .... additional electrician
Dana Gonzales .... first assistant camera (as Dana W. Gonzales)
Michael Gulbin .... grip
David Hallinger .... first assistant camera: second unit
Patrick Hoeschen .... electrician
Frank M. Holgate .... director of photography: second unit (as Frank Holgate)
Steve Holgate .... camera operator: second unit
Keith Jones .... additional electrician
Stephen D. Jones .... additional dolly grip
Rick Kangrga .... best boy grip
Henry Lynk .... camera operator
Christopher Lyons .... best boy electric
Tom May .... key grip: second unit (as Tommy P. May)
Reginald Morris .... electrician
Darryl Murchison .... electrician
Anthony G. Nakonechnyj .... gaffer (as Tony 'Nako' Nakonechnyj)
Lisa Nunez .... electrician (as Lisa Victoria Nunez)
Nick W. Pastrano .... grip
Christopher Prampin .... electrician (as Christopher H. Prampin)
Alexander Salazar .... grip (as Alex Salazar)
Stephen Sharp .... rigging gaffer (as Steven R. Sharp)
Darrell B. Sheldon .... key grip (as Darrel Sheldon)
Lynn Smith .... first assistant camera (as Lynn L. Smith)
Newton TerMeer .... gaffer: second unit (as Newton T. TerMeer)
Stephen Thorp .... electrician
T.J. Tollefson .... electrician
Konstantin von Krusenstiern .... film loader
Kevin Wadowski .... key grip
Joel David Warren .... still photographer (as Joel Warren)
 
Casting Department
Barbara Harris .... adr voice casting
Robyn M. Mitchell .... casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Yvette Correa .... assistant costume designer
Luellyn Harper .... wardrobe supervisor/costumer
Laura Slakey .... wardrobe supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Jeff Bradley .... assistant editor
Gary Burritt .... negative cutter
W.O. Garrett .... additional editor (as William Okowah Garrett)
Thalia Harithas .... post-production coordinator (as Terri Harithas)
Phil Hetos .... color timer
Pamela Hilse .... post-production administrator
Kevin Lindstrom .... first assistant editor
 
Location Management
Curtis Collins .... location manager
Stevie Nelson .... assistant location manager
Michael Patrick O'Brien .... location manager
Rick Rothen .... location manager (as Richard P. Rothen)
 
Music Department
Sharon Boyle .... music supervisor
Hank Caldwell .... soundtrack executive producer: Solar/Epic
Glen E. Davis .... music coordinator: Solar/Epic
Cheryl Dickerson .... music coordinator: Solar/Epic
Michael Fisher .... musician: score
Clark Germain .... score engineer
Dick Griffey .... soundtrack executive producer: Solar/Epic
Barklie K. Griggs .... music coordinator
Jorge Hinojosa .... music supervisor
Dave Koz .... musician: score
David Landau .... song supervisor: Epic/Solar
Adam Maffei .... music coordinator
Brenda Patrick .... music coordinator: Solar/Epic
Jennifer Richardson .... music coordinator
Lise Richardson .... music editor
Dana Sano .... music coordinator
Steve Stewart .... music coordinator
 
Transportation Department
Michael 'Crash' Anderson .... driver (as Michael Anderson)
Chris Basso .... driver: production van (as Chris A. Basso)
Jason Belsky .... transportation captain
Bruce Comtois .... driver (as Bruce Leo Comtois)
Hollywood Dave Flanigan .... driver (as Hollywood Dave)
Antonio Franchi .... driver
Krister C. Johnson .... driver (as Krister Johnson)
Timothy Leitch .... driver
Sergio Lopez-Rivera .... driver
Morgan McGuinness .... driver
Tony 'Bear' Mihalopoulos .... driver (as Tony Mihalopoulos)
Robert L. Rucker Jr. .... driver
Griff Ruggles .... transportation coordinator
Rick Scheil .... driver
John F. Teeple .... driver (as John Teeple)
Michael J. Trottochan .... driver (as Michael J. Trottochau)
Mark Twogood .... driver
Charles Williams .... driver
Craig Williams .... driver
Woody Wood .... driver
Terry York .... driver
 
Other crew
Klair Addison .... assistant: Mr. Duke
Karl Armelin .... technical advisor
Gilbert Barnhardt .... production assistant
Alexandra Maria Baum .... production coordinator (as Alexandria M. Baum)
Mary Carol Bulger .... assistant production coordinator
Bundy Chanock .... set medic
Frank Claridge .... policeman (as Frank W. Claridge)
Bruce Comtois .... teamster
Christy Fiero .... assistant accountant (as Christy Susskind)
Marisa Hansell .... assistant: Mr. Streit (as Marissa Jordan Hanselle)
Alexander Hennech .... production assistant
Kathy McDonald Jones .... production assistant
Carisa Kaplan .... production assistant
Guy Killum .... adr voice
Javier Loera .... chef helper
Cynthia H. Margulis .... production assistant (as Cynthia Margulis)
Manuel Mejia .... chef helper
Pauline Muñoz .... assistant accountant
Marie Nashold .... first aid (as Ree Hoke)
Michael Brown Parlor .... technical advisor: police
Dan Perri .... title designer: main title sequence
Rhonda Rawlings .... production assistant
E.J. Roberts .... craft service
Arturo Ruvalcaba .... chef
Dean Shapiro .... key set production assistant
Susan Converse Smith .... assistant: Mr. David
Jordan Stone .... production assistant (as Jordan J. Stone)
Dennis E. Tindall .... policeman
Tyrone Townsend .... production assistant
Annie Welles .... script supervisor
Lavern Whitt .... production assistant (as Laverne Whitt)
B.J. Witz .... craft service
Wendy Yarbrough .... assistant: Mr. David
Zane .... post-production accounting manager
Julia Zane .... production accountant
Ronald C. Briggs Jr. .... inventory services (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Hillard Elkins .... special thanks
Earlene Smith .... acknowledgment: paintings donated by
 

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MPAA:
Rated R for violence, language, drug use and sensuality
Runtime:
107 min
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Certification:
Canada:18A (British Columbia) | Canada:R (Manitoba/Nova Scotia) | Canada:AA (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-16 (cut) (1993) | Finland:K-18 (uncut) (1992) | France:16 | Germany:16 | Iceland:16 | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R16 | Norway:18 | Philippines:R-18 | South Korea:18 | Spain:18 | UK:18 | USA:R (certificate #31647)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Cameo: [Sandra Gould]As Mrs. G.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
David Jason:This is John Hull, my new associate.
Betty McCutcheon:Your new Eddie. I hear the old one wore out.
David Jason:Well. Factory recall. This is the advanced model.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Clerks (1994)See more »
Soundtrack:
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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Two Masks., 15 August 2015
Author: Spikeopath from United Kingdom

Deep Cover is directed by Bill Duke and written by Michael Tolkin and Henry Bean. It stars Larry Fishburne, Jeff Goldblum, Charles Martin Smith, Victoria Dillard and Gregory Sierra. Music is by Michel Colombier and cinematography by Bojan Bazelli.

Traumatised as a youngster by the death of his junkie father, Russell Stevens (Fishburne) becomes a police officer. Passing an interview with DEA Agent Gerald Carver (Smith), Stevens goes undercover to bust a major drug gang that has links to high places. But the closer he gets in with the targets, the deeper he gets involved - emotionally and psychologically.

A splendid slice of gritty neo-noir, Deep Cover follows a classic film noir theme of a man descending into a world he really shouldn't be part of. This is a shifty and grungy Los Angeles, awash with blood money, single parents prepared to sell their kids, where kids in their early teens mule for the dealers and get killed in the process. A place of dimly lighted bars and pool halls, of dank streets and scrap yards, and of course of violence and misery.

The look and tone of the picture is as intense as the characterisations on show. Duke (A Rage in Harlem) knows some tricks to imbue psychological distortion, canted angles, step-print framing, slow angled lensing, jump cuts and sweaty close ups. Bazelli photographs with a deliberate urban feel, making red prominent and black a lurking menace. While the musical accompaniments flit in between hip-hop thunder and jazzy blues lightning.

Fishburne provides a narration that works exceptionally well, harking back to classic noirs of yesteryear. As this grim tale unfolds, his distressingly down-beat tone goes hand in hand with the narrative's sharp edges. The screenplay is always smart and cutting, mixing political hog-wash and social commentary with the harsh realities of lives dominated by drugs - the users - the sellers - the cartel, and the cop going deeper underground...

Great performances from the leading players seal the deal here (Goldblum is not miscast he's the perfect opposite foil for Fishburne's broody fire), and while some clichés are within the play, the production as mounted, with the narrative devices of identification destruction (hello 2 masks) and that violence begets violence, marks this out as one the neo-noir crowd should note down as a must see. 8/10

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