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When the trail goes cold on a murder investigation of a policeman an undercover narcotics officer is lured back to the force to help solve the case.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dan Leis ...
Meagan Issa ...
Little Girl
Jeanine Mueller (as Lina Felice)
Freeman Franks (as Alan C. Peterson)
Gavyn Donaldson ...
Tellis' Infant Son
Myles Donaldson ...
Tellis' Infant Son
Thomas Patrice ...
Officer Marcotte


An undercover narc dies, the investigation stalls, so the Detroit P.D. brings back Nick Tellis, fired 18-months ago when a stray bullet hits a pregnant woman. Tellis teams with Henry Oak, a friend of the dead narc and an aggressive cop constantly under the scrutiny of internal affairs. They follow leads, informants turn up dead, Nick's wife is unhappy he's back on the street, Henry's protective of the dead cop's wife. Nick reads and re-reads the case file, broods, watches Oak's heavy-handed style, sometimes joining in. The brass want to close out the case, Nick and Henry stay on it, and bits of evidence point them to an auto body shop. What actually happened; will Nick ever know? Written by <>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong brutal violence, drug content and pervasive language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

10 January 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Narc: Calles peligrosas  »

Box Office


$7,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$63,303 (USA) (20 December 2002)


$10,460,089 (USA) (14 March 2003)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Since the movie was so low budget, in the scene where Jason Patric is running around with a photograph, the people he was asking were passers-by, not actors. So the people would genuinely not know who he was talking about. See more »


The word "SENSITIVITY" is misspelled on the tape-recorder in the last scene of the movie. See more »


Henry Oak: You two had better get a goddamn groove going, 'cause you're in a life and death struggle as of right fucking now!
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Featured in The 2003 IFP Independent Spirit Awards (2003) See more »


Performed by The Baby Namboos
Courtesy of Palm
Music and Words by Tricky (as Adrian Thaws), Mark Porter, Tony Quigley, Aurora Borealis,
Leo Coleing and Scott Purnell
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Brutallic beauty
12 January 2004 | by (Denmark) – See all my reviews

It took me ages before I could get around to seing this film, but now that I have, I don't know why..

This is a very brutal movie, but a very honest one. In something that in some scenes can almost be described as dogma style, the story is about two cops workings as narcs in the underground. Jason Patric and Ray Liotta are both amazing in thier parts, they both manage to get thier characters out in a way that you actually SEE the persons they portray, instead of "just" the actors playing another role as we sadly see so very often in film these days....they actually ACT!!! Bigtime cudos for these two - I always liked both of them, but this might be the best achievements from them both so far

  • and especially with Ray Liotta, that says a LOT..

I recommend this film highly...NOT for children though ;-) 7/10

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