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Deep Cover (1992)

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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 ... See full summary »

Director:

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 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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Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 April 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jenseits der weißen Linie See more »

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Gross USA:

$16,639,799
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

When John shows Gallegos the suitcase full of money, he slams the lid. A moment later, he pulls a gun out of the again-opened suitcase and shoots Gallegos. See more »

Quotes

Eddie: Fuck you faggot, ain't had pussy since pussy had you.
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Featured in Los Angeles Plays Itself (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Linda Mexicana
Written & Performed by Marcos Loya
Courtesy of Spindletop Records
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A lot better than I was expecting, very good.
30 October 1998 | by Brad K.See all my reviews

Going into seeing this movie, I wasn't sure about what I was going to see. I was expecting something kind of good (because of Roger Ebert's review), but not great (because of some other reviews). But I was not expecting such a good film. Laurence Fishburne (Boyz in the Hood, What's Love Got To Do With It) stars as a cop who has avoided drugs and the crime life because of his father's involvement and death in it. Soon he is offered a job going undercover as a drug dealer. He accepts it. After a little while he gets himself deep into it. He forms partnerships with high ranked drug dealers, which includes Jeff Goldblum (Jurassic Park, Nine Monthes). Soon he becomes less of an undercover cop, but more of a drug dealer. He soon realizes that he is betraying his cause and joining up with them. This presents a problem for him, because he likes the power as a drug dealer and the money, but he also vowed he would never become like his dad. This is a very well done movie, with a great script. Laurence Fishburne is excellent in the lead role. Jeff Goldblum (who I have never seen in such a deep role) is also strong delivering a surprisingly good performance. A good, but violent film.


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