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Three minor delinquints (Danes, Ribisi, and Epps) are recruited by a cop (Farina) working undercover to bust a cop/drug ring. When the officer who recruited them is killed, they go above ... See full summary »

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Three minor delinquints (Danes, Ribisi, and Epps) are recruited by a cop (Farina) working undercover to bust a cop/drug ring. When the officer who recruited them is killed, they go above and beyond the call of duty to solve the murder; and bust the drug ring. Suffering the jibes, and ridicule of fellow officers; they struggle to save their names, and that of their deceased benefactor. Written by J. D. Keith <jkeith@compunet.net>

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They did the crime, They paid the time, Now they're...undercover? See more »

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Rated R for language, violence and some sexuality | See all certifications »
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$50,000,000 (estimated)

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$6,064,716 (USA) (26 March 1999)

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$13,260,050 (USA) (25 June 1999)
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Sarah Michelle Gellar and Milla Jovovich were among the actresses considered for the role of Julie Barnes. See more »

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Near the end of the movie, an ambulance has a large logo of the New York City Fire Department on it, while the events of the story take place in and around Los Angeles. See more »

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Det. Briggs: So you kids are, what? Some kind of mod squad or something?
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Referenced in Made Men (1999) See more »

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Goin' Crazy
Written by Senen Reyes (as Sen Dog), Jeremy Fleener and Andy Zambrano
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Remixed by The Butcher Bros.
SX10 appears courtesy of Flip Records/Elektra Entertainment Group
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The Cliche Squad
26 March 1999 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Young writers, young auteur, young cast, busload of producers, what could go wrong? Everything. Even lame is too good a description, that suggests that three of four legs were functioning, when actually, none of them were. Barely enough recycled plotline for a 48 and a half minute television hour, gratingly stretched to ninety minutes. The audience was talking back to the screen, so bad was the story. Dirty cops steal drugs from the evidence locker. How many thousands of times has this been done on television? Bad cops frame good cops. Again, how many times? There was not an original shred in this entire concoction. Giovanni Ribisi made a valiant effort to prop up the lack of script, drawing the only laughs of the entire movie. And the thought of he and Claire Danes working from a real script with a grown-up director and photographed by an actual cinematographer intrigues me. Note to screenwriters: Buy one of those story generators. It can't possibly be as bad as ripping off bad television. Note to auteur: There are shots available to you other than closeups. Even the lovely and interesting face of Claire Danes eventually grows tiresome in closeup. Note to cinematographer: Apprentice yourself to a professional for a few years--you have much to learn. Note to color timer at the lab: At least try to persuade the auteur and the cinematographer that they don't know what they're talking about. Note to Claire: I hope this paid for your new condo. It's time to get some professional management and start actually reading the scripts before signing on.


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