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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jim Raynor
... Kristen Cates
... Dodd
... Walker
... Gaines
Tony Frank ... Nettle
... Monroe
Special K. McCray ... Willie Red
... Senior District Attorney
... Motorcycle Guy
Glenn Wilson ... Motorcycle Guy
... Man in Disco (as Jimmy Pickens)
Barbara Lasater ... Yellow Rose Bartender
Toni Pilgreen ... Driller's Waitress
... 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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Rated R for graphic drug use and for sensuality, language and violence | See all certifications »

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17 January 1992 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$36,890, 22 December 1991, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$7,241,350
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As composer of the music score, Eric Clapton was initially reluctant to include "Tears in Heaven" in the film. Mourning the death of his son Conor, about the loss of whom the song had been written, Clapton wasn't sure if it should be made public. Director Lili Fini Zanuck managed to change his mind by convincing him that the song might help someone dealing with grief in their own life. See more »

Goofs

The first time Jim puts a needle in his arm in-front of Kristen, he never pushes the plunger in, when he unties the belt, you can clearly see a few inches of white plunger, if he had pushed it in, the plunger would not be sticking out. So therefore he did not "shoot up". He simply stuck the needle in his arm without injecting the contents. See more »

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Willie Red: Pretty soon you be feeling all unnecessary.
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Wang Dang Doodle
Written by Willie Dixon
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 See 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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