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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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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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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? See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 January 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fieberhaft See more »

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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Jason Patric appeared as an undercover Narcotics officer in the movie Narc (2002), which appeared to be a familiar resemblance to his character in this movie, with the difference of a "post drug addiction officer". Tom cruise financed the project that also starred Ray Liotta. See more »

Goofs

(at around 10 mins) When Jim slams the door of the Charger and the window falls down, you can see the hand of a crew member in the back seat quickly pulling something to let the window fall. See more »

Quotes

Willie Red: Pretty soon you be feeling all unnecessary.
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Connections

Featured in WatchMojo: Top 10 Serious Undercover Movies (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Rock and Roll Hoochie Koo
Written by Rick Derringer
Performed by Johnny Winter
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Excellent and intense
21 October 2000 | by igulinSee all my reviews

For those who claim this film unrealistic, mind you it is based on a true story. I hail Rush as one of the most powerful and emotional films to ever portray addiction. The characters coupled with Pete Dexter's realistic and sincere dialog paint a very sad, yet human picture of our culture. Our need to punish crime, yet our inability to steer 100% clear of it, is one of many themes intertwined with Rush's story. This film is a fine example of true filmmaking. There are no big effects, no trick stunts, yet one cannot turn away from the screen. Everything from the sutle production design to Eric Clapton's score make Rush a true modern classic.


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