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Two small-town Texas cops go undercover to catch a major drug dealer and are sucked into the drug culture, compromising their assignment.

Director:

Lili Fini Zanuck

Writers:

Kim Wozencraft (book), Peter Dexter (screenplay) (as Pete Dexter)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Patric ... Jim Raynor
Jennifer Jason Leigh ... Kristen Cates
Sam Elliott ... Dodd
Max Perlich ... Walker
Gregg Allman ... Gaines
Tony Frank Tony Frank ... Nettle
William Sadler ... Monroe
Special K. McCray Special K. McCray ... Willie Red
Dennis Letts ... Senior District Attorney
Dennis Burkley ... Motorcycle Guy
Glenn Wilson Glenn Wilson ... Motorcycle Guy
Jimmy Ray Pickens ... Man in Disco (as Jimmy Pickens)
Barbara Lasater Barbara Lasater ... Yellow Rose Bartender
Toni Pilgreen Toni Pilgreen ... Driller's Waitress
Merrill Connally ... Defense Attorney
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Storyline

Raynor is an undercover narcotics cop. For his next assignment he chooses the more inexperienced but tough and good-looking Kristen. Their ultimate target is Gaines, a renowned but very elusive drug dealer. While doing their work they unexpectedly fall into a morass of drug-addiction and fall in love with each other. Despite subjecting themselves to the life of low-class, one-track junkies they do not get the evidence they want to convict Gaines, and instead are forced into using false evidence in court. Written by kwedgwood@hotmail.com

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How far do they go before they've gone too far?


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Rated R for graphic drug use and for sensuality, language and violence | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 January 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fieberhaft See more »

Filming Locations:

Houston, Texas, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$36,890, 22 December 1991, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$7,241,350
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Jason Patric actually did shoot up for authenticity's sake for the film though the substances he used in his syringes were either saline or vitamins. See more »

Goofs

When Dodd talks to Kristen outside the hotel, his tie is loosened about 4-5 inches and pulled to his right. When he enters the room and talks to Jimmy, his tie is loosened about 1-2 inches and directly below the shirt button. See more »

Quotes

Kristen: Yeah, but it's a fine line, Dodd.
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Soundtracks

The South's Gonna Do It Again
Written by Charlie Daniels
Performed by The Charlie Daniels Band
Courtesy of Epic Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Thought Provoking
24 December 2000 | by snyderbSee all my reviews

Rush was definitely interesting to watch, though not always pleasant to look at. Set amidst the war on drugs, this film challenges us to rethink this battle. Are the wasted resources really worth the hypocrisy and corruption that go hand in hand with the arrests? The movie was not extraordinary, but I did go away haunted by many of the prevalent themes.

The relationship between the two undercover agents was very intriguing. I would have liked to have seen a bit more development before they became so involved, but nevertheless, their support of each other, alone in a world they don't belong in, is very interesting. Their different descents, and partial ascents accross the blurred line of addiction gives merit to the portrayal of this affliction. I would definitely recommend Rush for those who have second thoughts about the war on drugs. This film shows us that the worlds of the law breakers and the law enforcers may not be so far apart after all.


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