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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 ... 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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Taglines:

Dealer. Snitch. Junkie. Hustler. See more »

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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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Box Office

Gross USA:

$16,639,799
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Clarence Williams III and Laurence Fishburne would collaborate again in Hoodlum (1997) where Fishburne plays Harlem gangster Bumpy Johnson. Ten years later, Williams III would play Bumpy Johnson briefly in the beginning of 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

John Hull: [voiceover in LA establishing shot] I didn't want the assignment. All through the interview I kept thinking if I took it, I'd be making the biggest mistake of my life. And I was right.
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Referenced in Tha Westside (2002) See more »

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by Mark Taylor
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Bill Duke's masterpiece
8 January 2007 | by lee3993See all my reviews

In what is probably his best role to date, with apologies to his turns as Ike Turner in the classic "What's Love Got to Do With It", and Morpheus in the "Matrix" series, Laurence Fishburne plays undercover cop Russell Stevens, who poses as drug dealer John Hull to apprehend a notorious drug kingpin. This role is played in a way that only he could, with the zeal that makes him one of Hollywood's most sought after actors. From the moment that he tells the D.E.A. agent that "the n****** the one that would even answer that question" you know that this role was made for him. Also Jeff Goldblum is at his best as a not-so-honest defense attorney. And let's not forget Gregory Sierra as a sadistic crime lord and one of the best character actors of our time, Clarence Williams III as an honest cop. Add the soundtrack and "Deep Cover" is a bona fide 10 in the urban drama genre, a true masterpiece.


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