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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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Somewhere between the buy, and the high... they forgot they were cops. 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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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Tom Cruise turned down the part later played by Jason Patric, as he didn't like the idea of scenes involving him taking drugs. See more »

Goofs

When talking with Kristen outside the hotel, Dodd's tie is loosened about 5 inches and cocked to his right. When he enters the room and talks with Jimmy, his tie is barely loosened and directly under his throat. See more »

Quotes

Walker: You mind if I just lay here awhile? Don't feel too comfortable in my own place anymore, you know?
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Referenced in Film Noir: Bringing Darkness to Light (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Baby, Scratch My Back
Written by James Moore (as Slim Harpo)
Performed by Terrell
Produced by Hawke Dixon & Charlie Terrell (as C.A. Terrell)
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gets me every time
16 July 2006 | by yaknowreesaSee all my reviews

Although this story isn't about the average person's everyday life, in my opinion this film is one of the most realistic and interesting movies I have ever viewed. This tale takes place in Caterly, TX where two undercover detectives have found their chance to make a difference, but after becoming involved in this world they realize that right and wrong is not always black and white. This film is very close to my heart. There are no cheesy lines that you only here in movies where you find yourself thinking "who really talks like that?" The emotions displayed by these characters come across the screen as guanine and hit you where it hurts. Most of all this movie has an unbelievable soundtrack including hits from Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton.


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