7.1/10
37,431
215 user 132 critic

Narc (2002)

Trailer
2:31 | Trailer
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.

Director:

Joe Carnahan

Writer:

Joe Carnahan
1 win & 8 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Smokin' Aces (2006)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

When a Las Vegas performer-turned-snitch named Buddy Israel decides to turn state's evidence and testify against the mob, it seems that a whole lot of people would like to make sure he's no longer breathing.

Director: Joe Carnahan
Stars: Jeremy Piven, Ryan Reynolds, Ray Liotta
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

A Cherry Pontiac Lemans Convertible...Two Days...Two-Hundred & Fifty Grand. When your lemon lot hits the skids you glom the gig no matter what the smell. For Bob and Sid, two slicked-back ... See full summary »

Director: Joe Carnahan
Stars: Mike Maas, Nick Fenske, Mark Priolo
Stretch (2014)
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A hard-luck limo driver struggles to go straight and pay off a debt to his bookie. He takes on a job with a crazed passenger, whose sought-after ledger implicates some seriously dangerous criminals.

Director: Joe Carnahan
Stars: Patrick Wilson, Ed Helms, James Badge Dale
Rush (1991)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Two small-town Texas cops go undercover to catch a major drug dealer and are sucked into the drug culture, compromising their assignment.

Director: Lili Fini Zanuck
Stars: Jason Patric, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Sam Elliott
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A burglar holds a knife to Karen's throat while her husband does nothing. The couple ends befriending the cop that comes. The friendship ends when the cop beats up the culprit. Karen isn't ready to end it. Things get ugly with the cop.

Director: Jonathan Kaplan
Stars: Kurt Russell, Ray Liotta, Madeleine Stowe
Cop Land (1997)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The Sheriff of a suburban New Jersey community, populated by New York City police officers, slowly discovers the town is a front for mob connections and corruption.

Director: James Mangold
Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Harvey Keitel, Ray Liotta
Phoenix (1998)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A cop (Liotta) with a gambling addiction plots a theft from the bookies who are putting pressure on him to pay off or else.

Director: Danny Cannon
Stars: Ray Liotta, Anthony LaPaglia, Daniel Baldwin
Dark Blue (2002)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A robbery homicide investigation triggers a series of events that will cause a corrupt LAPD officer to question his tactics.

Director: Ron Shelton
Stars: Kurt Russell, Ving Rhames, Scott Speedman
Revolver (2005)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Gambler Jake Green enters into a game with potentially deadly consequences.

Director: Guy Ritchie
Stars: Jason Statham, Ray Liotta, André Benjamin
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A family's moral codes are tested when Ray Tierney investigates a case that reveals an incendiary police corruption scandal involving his own brother-in-law. For Ray, the truth is revelatory, a Pandora's Box that threatens to upend not only the Tierney legacy but the entire NYPD.

Director: Gavin O'Connor
Stars: Edward Norton, Colin Farrell, Noah Emmerich
The Grey (2011)
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

After their plane crashes in Alaska, six oil workers are led by a skilled huntsman to survival, but a pack of merciless wolves haunts their every step.

Director: Joe Carnahan
Stars: Liam Neeson, Dermot Mulroney, Frank Grillo
No Escape (1994)
Action | Drama | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A soldier convicted for murdering his commanding officer is dumped and left to die on a prison island inhabited by two camps of convicts.

Director: Martin Campbell
Stars: Ray Liotta, Lance Henriksen, Stuart Wilson
Edit

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
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Paramount [United States]

Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

10 January 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Narc See more »

Edit

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
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Filmed in 28 days. See more »

Goofs

When Calvess shoots himself, he aims the gun above his head. The bullet would have missed him completely. See more »

Quotes

Darnell 'Big D Love' Beery: Motherfucker, you know who killed him!
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Narc: The Friedkin Connection (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Finale: Back in the Forest
Performed by Imagination Station
Written by Brandt, Eberle, Getz, Reed, Rabjohns
Courtesy of Imagilot Entertainment
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

A perfect blend of Lumet & Friedkin cop flicks; one of the year's best.
23 December 2002 | by george.schmidtSee all my reviews

NARC (2002) **** Ray Liotta, Jason Patric, Chi McBride, Krista Bridges, Busta Rhymes, Anne Openshaw, Alan Van Sprang, Richard Chevolleau, John Ortiz. Filmmaker Joe Carnahan delivers the gritty goods in this throwback homage to 1970s cop thrillers the likes made by Sidney Lumet and William Friedkin with this moralilty play about corruption, the brutal slaying of an undercover cop and some skeletons rattling around in closets shared by volatile detective Liotta (in one of his fiercest performances to date; a career high) and Patric (equally compelling; the film's barometer of fair game and confusion), a vice undercover cop attempting to redeem his reputation by being assigned to a dicey investigation of the murder of Liotta's protégé partner with more at stake than meets the eye. Carnahan's script is above average in its no-holds barred depiction of the stress-levels of on the job performances by police as well as the dire consequences for their actions and reactions thereof. High adrenalized from the get-go with one of the most pulse-quickening opening moments of any movie in recent memory that continues its brisk pacing and bruised cinematography by Alex Nepomaniaschy and modulated score by Cliff Martinez has a unique look and sound. Its two principals deliver award calibre performances in a genre flick that's more than a cut above from the usual offerings. Produced by Liotta and Tom Cruise (among others); one of the year's best.


29 of 34 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 215 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series



Recently Viewed