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Narc (2002)

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When the trail goes cold on a murder investigation of a policeman an undercover narcotics officer is lured back to the force to help solve the case.

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Joe Carnahan

Writer:

Joe Carnahan
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dan Leis Dan Leis ... Elvin Dowd
Jason Patric ... Nick Tellis
Lloyd Adams ... Walter Dandridge
Meagan Issa Meagan Issa ... Little Girl
Lina Giornofelice ... Jeanine Mueller (as Lina Felice)
A.C. Peterson ... Freeman Franks (as Alan C. Peterson)
Karen Robinson ... Liz Detmer
Chi McBride ... Captain Cheevers
Booth Savage ... Cecil Mitchum
Alan Van Sprang ... Michael Calvess
Gavyn Donaldson Gavyn Donaldson ... Tellis' Infant Son
Myles Donaldson Myles Donaldson ... Tellis' Infant Son
Krista Bridges ... Audrey Tellis
Ray Liotta ... Henry Oak
Thomas Patrice Thomas Patrice ... Officer Marcotte
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Storyline

An undercover narc dies, the investigation stalls, so the Detroit P.D. brings back Nick Tellis, fired 18-months ago when a stray bullet hits a pregnant woman. Tellis teams with Henry Oak, a friend of the dead narc and an aggressive cop constantly under the scrutiny of internal affairs. They follow leads, informants turn up dead, Nick's wife is unhappy he's back on the street, Henry's protective of the dead cop's wife. Nick reads and re-reads the case file, broods, watches Oak's heavy-handed style, sometimes joining in. The brass want to close out the case, Nick and Henry stay on it, and bits of evidence point them to an auto body shop. What actually happened; will Nick ever know? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Rated R for strong brutal violence, drug content and pervasive language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Paramount [United States]

Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

10 January 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Narc: Calles peligrosas See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$63,303, 22 December 2002

Gross USA:

$10,465,659

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$12,633,747
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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According to CelebHeights, Liotta wore lifts in his shoes so that he would appear taller. See more »

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Towards the end of the movie, Jason Patric breaks open the car window and, when he opens the door, the legs of several crewmembers are visible through the door's rearview mirror. See more »

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Henry Oak: A little girl being brutalized... a little girl being abused has got nothing to do with the rules and regulations and everything to do with right and wrong.
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References Rashomon (1950) See more »

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Written by Sen D.O.G. (as S Reyes) / Jeremy Fleener (as J Fleener) / Andy Zambrano (as A Zambrano)
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Cerebral Cop Thriller
22 September 2004 | by jvydelingumSee all my reviews

The good-cop-bad-cop pairing in movies is so well-worn, that it has practically become a Hollywood institution. Thankfully 'Narc' powerfully smashes the stereotype.

Persuaded back into active service by his bosses, ex narcotics cop Nick Tellis (Jason Patric) finds himself investigating the murder of a fellow officer alongside live-wire new partner Henry Oak (Ray Liotta).

The coupling of Tellis and Oak feels so realistic, you actually understand each character's resentment at being pitched together.

It's this natural mistrust which erases the legacy of Lethal Weapon style buddy relationships, and instead harks back to classic '70s cop movies such as 'Serpico'.

'Narc' bristles with energy, from its heart-stopping hand-held opening chase to its brutal, bloody showdown, all the while framed by cold claustrophobic street scenes.

Director Joe Carnahan probes deep into the characters to discover what drives these men to lay their lives on the line, day in, day out.

It helps that the performance of both leading men is superb. Patric's troubled, introspective Tellis is torn between his loving family and his empathy for the dead undercover cop.

However, it's Liotta - Oak by name, oak by stature - who dominates the film with a career-best performance. Intimidating and brutal but never inhuman, he forces you to remember just how powerful a cinematic presence he can be, given the right material.

'Narc' is a fast-paced, original, gritty thriller that will leave you wanting another fix. 9/10


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