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The Mod Squad (1999)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lionel Mark Smith ...
Bald Dude (as Stephen T. Kay)
Gilbert - Skinny Freak (as Bodhi Pine Elfman)


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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First they broke the law. Now they are the law. See more »


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, violence and some sexuality | See all certifications »




Release Date:

26 March 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Brigade spéciale  »

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Box Office


$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$13,260,050 (USA) (25 June 1999)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Sarah Michelle Gellar and Milla Jovovich were among the actresses considered for the role of Julie Barnes. See more »


Peter Cochran's digital watch has a visible display in shots where it is too far away to read it and is blank in shots where you can clearly read the display. See more »


Pete: Man this job sucks.
Linc: Beats jail.
Julie: A deal's a deal.
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References Car Wash (1976) See more »


Written by Joe Walsh and Patrick Cullie
Produced and Performed by The Breeders
The Breeders appear courtesy of 4AD and Elektra Entertainment Group
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The lowest expectations are still too high ...
26 August 2001 | by See all my reviews

If the writers of a movie don't care about the characters inhabiting the world they create, nor the actors portraying them, or the director ostensibly creating a dynamic, well it doesn't seem realistic the audience will care either.

To call this movie slapdash is an undeserved compliment--it's likely they figured it was a lost cause and that no amount of work would improve it. That's probably true.

Omar Epps isn't a very good actor to begin with, but here he's even worse than usual, mumbling his lines without a clue as to what is going on in the movie. Giovanni Rabisi seems to have fun with his role, but playing one imbecile after another, one gets the feeling he may not be so much acting as giving a glimmer as to his real personality. Claire Danes obviously can act, as she showed in "Little Women", but here she's dreadful. Dennis Farina is good in just about anything, but here he's given absolutely no help by the director or the other actors.

The movie quickly devolves into a series of music videos with bad seventies music intermixed with more modern stuff. And this squad is not very mod--the opening sequence notes that mod means fashionably dressed, and these guys look like they've been shopping by picking up things strewn on the side of an interstate. Go elsewhere for entertainment.

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