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The Mod Squad (1999)

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Three minor delinquints (Danes, Ribisi, and Epps) are recruited by a cop (Farina) working undercover to bust a cop/drug ring. When the officer who recruited them is killed, they go above ... See full summary »

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Scott Silver

Writers:

Buddy Ruskin (characters), Stephen Kay | 2 more credits »
7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Claire Danes ... Julie
Giovanni Ribisi ... Pete
Omar Epps ... Linc
Dennis Farina ... Greer
Josh Brolin ... Billy
Steve Harris ... Briggs
Richard Jenkins ... Mothershed
Larry Brandenburg ... Eckford
Lionel Mark Smith Lionel Mark Smith ... Lanier
Sam McMurray ... Tricky
Michael O'Neill ... Greene
Stephen Kay ... Bald Dude (as Stephen T. Kay)
Bodhi Elfman ... Gilbert - Skinny Freak (as Bodhi Pine Elfman)
Holmes Osborne ... Mr. Cochrane
Dey Young ... Mrs. Cochrane
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Storyline

Three minor delinquints (Danes, Ribisi, and Epps) are recruited by a cop (Farina) working undercover to bust a cop/drug ring. When the officer who recruited them is killed, they go above and beyond the call of duty to solve the murder; and bust the drug ring. Suffering the jibes, and ridicule of fellow officers; they struggle to save their names, and that of their deceased benefactor. Written by J. D. Keith <jkeith@compunet.net>

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First they broke the law. Now they are the law. See more »

Genres:

Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, violence and some sexuality | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 March 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Brigade spéciale See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,064,716, 28 March 1999, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$13,260,050, 27 June 1999
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Omar Epps mentioned in several interviews that he greatly disliked the denim Levi's clothes he and the cast had to wear because the jeans were very tight. He mentioned that there are several moments captured on screen during film where he wears a frown and grimace facial expression due to his jeans being too tight. The clothing in the film was specifically customized and provided by Levi's. When the film was released, Levi's put out denim commercials featuring Epps, Danes, and Ribisi. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Pete gets blood splattered on his face from the guy near him getting shot in the head, the splatter is repeated three times for dramatic effect. However, on the 3rd shot, the amount of blood splattered on his face (and the amount that stays on him in the scene) is less than the other two shots. See more »

Quotes

Det. Briggs: So you kids are, what? Some kind of mod squad or something?
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Connections

References Lethal Weapon (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

Shallow Water
Written and Produced by Bob Green
Performed by the grassy knoll
the grassy knoll appears courtesy of Nettwerk Productions
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Many problems
13 April 2014 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Three young petty delinquents Julie (Claire Danes), Pete (Giovanni Ribisi), and Linc (Omar Epps) are recruited by detective Greer (Dennis Farina) to work undercover where cops can't normally go. They are sent in to a club to investigate. When they find Greer murdered, they set off to find his murderer even though they are ostracized by most of the police. Meanwhile Billy (Josh Brolin) from the club is interested in Julie.

The lighting is way too dark for most of the movie. I understand the underground sensibility of their investigation. However it makes it hard to watch. Ribisi is good playing the jokey jittery guy. Epps is way too stiff of an actor. Danes is probably miscast here. I've never seen the TV show, and the movie is probably trying to copy Peggy Lipton. It seems better if they go more white trash for the role like a Juliette Lewis kind. Dane is way too nice and sweet. I don't know what the original TV show is like. So it's hard for me to compare and judge the movie. There is some good music but by itself, the movie is kind of boring.


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