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Deep Cover (1992)

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A uniformed cop is recruited by a drug enforcement agent to infiltrate a drug smuggling ring looking to expand its operation.

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Bill Duke

Writers:

Michael Tolkin (story), Michael Tolkin (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lira Angel ... Bijoux
René Assa René Assa ... Guzman
Bruce Paul Barbour ... Policeman (as Bruce Barbour)
Bilal Bashir Bilal Bashir ... Rapper's Musician
Anna Berger ... Congresswoman
Donald Bishop Donald Bishop ... Judge
Ed Cambridge ... Crackhead #2
Jaime Cardriche ... Shark
Alisa Christensen Alisa Christensen ... Ivy's Driver
Alex Colon ... Molto (as Alex Colón)
Cory Curtis Cory Curtis ... Young Russell Stevens Jr.
Victoria Dillard ... Betty
James Encinas James Encinas ... Guzman's Guard
Joseph Ferro Joseph Ferro ... James
Laurence Fishburne ... Russell Stevens Jr. / John Hull (as Larry Fishburne)
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Storyline

A black uniformed policeman is recruited by a devious drug enforcement agent to infiltrate a smuggling organization seeking to expand into designer drugs. This 'ugly side of the war on drugs' explores the context of race, identity and hypocrisy within a brutal and alienating investigation. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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There's a thin line between catching a criminal and becoming one . . . See more »

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

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 April 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Deep Cover See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,451,356, 19 April 1992

Gross USA:

$16,639,799

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$16,639,799
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Clarence Williams III and Roger Guenveur Smith also appear in American Gangster (2007). See more »

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When Russel tells David to take the feet off the sofa, he reaches out with his right hand. When the camera changes, he reaches out with his left hand. See more »

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Eddie: Bitch, you fuckin' up! Send yo' ass back to Reseda.
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References Scarface (1983) See more »

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You're a drug dealer. Deal drugs.
19 June 2007 | by lastliberalSee all my reviews

Bill Duke has had a long and illustrious career as an actor (X-Men: The Last Stand, Action Jackson, Predator), a producer and writer, and as a director (Hoodlum, Deacons for Defence, The Killing Floor). In what could have been a routine blaxplotation film, he gives us a compelling story that was a thrill to watch.

That is not to say that the penultimate chapter could not be predicted a mile away by anyone who is familiar with our government and the fact that they would sacrifice American citizens for the sake of some tin-horn dictator. However, the final chapter in this film gives us some satisfaction as we see those agency scumbags and two-bit congressmen getting their due.

Laurence Fishburne was magnificent as a cop sent undercover to bust drug kingpins. He goes deeper and deeper and soon there is no way to tell the difference. Is there a spark of humanity left inside? One can only hope.

Jeff Goldblum was equally good as his partner in crime. Clarence Williams III was the best I have seen him as a cop, who was Fishburne's conscience.

Great film about undercover police work and the effect it can have on a cop.


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