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The Mod Squad (1999)

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Three delinquents are recruited by an undercover cop working to bust a drug ring - when that officer is killed, the trio decides to crack the case and prove they are real law officers. With Giovanni Ribisi, Omar Epps.

Director:

Scott Silver

Writers:

Buddy Ruskin (characters), Stephen Kay | 2 more credits »
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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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Taglines:

They did the crime, They paid the time, Now they're...undercover? 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:

The Mod Squad See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,064,716, 28 March 1999

Gross USA:

$13,263,993

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$13,263,993
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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

The taxi Julie rides in and the car Billy rents have the same license plate. See more »

Quotes

[Julie hits Pete across the head]
Julie: Nice job.
Pete: Okay, I really did not like that at all, all right? Let me just explain somethin'. I was blending.
Julie: You just blended your ass right out of the club, man
Pete: Oh, come on! They're gonna let me back in the club.
Julie: Oh no, I believe the words were "you're gone for-f*cking-ever." Greer's gonna kick your ass
Pete: Hey you know what? Eat me.
Julie: Come on. Lets go. You wanna lose another fight, Petey?
Pete: No. Who was the guy that you were talkin' to all night?
Julie: What guy?
[...]
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Connections

References Car Wash (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

Alarm Call
Written by Björk (as Bjork Gudmundsdottir)
Performed by Björk (as Bjork)
Courtesy of Elektra Entertainment Group/One Little Indian Records/Mother Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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A confusing screenplay, disappointingly directed, with performances only as good as the writing allowed.
23 July 1999 | by max-127See all my reviews

I was extremely disappointed with Mod Squad as a movie. There were a number of points which were never explored fully in respect to the character development. The script jumped from point to point without ever clearly explaining the real direction of the plot or the characters. Neither I nor the three people with me ranging from 18 to 85, could work out why the three young 'Mod Squad' members were recruited. We had no idea what they'd done to land themselves in hot water to begin with so they could have been murderers (no sympathy there). The action was minimal the highlight being an old car crashing through a metal door. "When was that film set?" my eighteen year old daughter asked me. The clever young actor from the "Other Sister" relied on the most basic of performance tricks such as shouting, to even be noticed. Long lingering shots of the female lead became dull. The young black actor had little to work on in his scripted characterisation. I found myself confused between the good and the bad cops and why a call to the police precinct, which had set up the criminal "bust" finale , was so obligingly received and acted on so promptly. The police were called to the scene as backup for our hero who was then an escaped felon (or was he????). The direction in my opinion was experimental to the point of distraction. One scene had our three protagonists in the front seat of a car plotting their next move. This was the bench mark. We saw the camera pan left, right, right, left, right, left then left again so continuously I became dizzy. The recording quality of the hand held reporters cassette recorder, the contents of which wrapped up the entire Mod Squad case was "studio quality" amazing!!! I see a minimum of sixty films a year. This was one of the least effective in a decade. my vote is 2 out of 10.


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