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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dan Leis ... Elvin Dowd
... Nick Tellis
... Walter Dandridge
Meagan Issa ... Little Girl
... Jeanine Mueller (as Lina Felice)
... Freeman Franks (as Alan C. Peterson)
... Liz Detmer
... Captain Cheevers
... Cecil Mitchum
... Michael Calvess
Gavyn Donaldson ... Tellis' Infant Son
Myles Donaldson ... Tellis' Infant Son
... Audrey Tellis
... Henry Oak
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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Paramount [United States]

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10 January 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Narc: Calles peligrosas  »

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$7,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$63,303, 22 December 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$10,460,089, 16 March 2003
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The run-down auto parts shop where the final scenes of the film take place was an actual abandoned chop shop that the filmmakers located in Toronto. Jason Patric claimed that it was one of the most miserable, uncomfortable environments he'd ever filmed in. See more »

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Nick Tellis breaks open the window of the car to get in even though it is clear that the doors are unlocked. See more »

Quotes

Darnell 'Big D Love' Beery: Motherfucker, you know who killed him!
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Connections

Referenced in Deck-A-Rep: The True Nature of Rick Deckard (2007) See more »

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Finale: Back in the Forest
Performed by Imagination Station
Written by Brandt, Eberle, Getz, Reed, Rabjohns
Courtesy of Imagilot Entertainment
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An overlooked gem
6 May 2004 | by See all my reviews

Narc is an overlooked gem, a superb cop movie that delivers excellent characters at the expense of needless action.

Jason Patric is an actor I never really rated but he blew me away in this he looks haggard and haunted, you can understand his character completely just from one look in his eyes. Despite Patric's efforts he is surpassed by a career best turn from Ray Liotta, who is menacing and cool at the same time.

Kudos for Joe Carnahan for balancing style with substance perfectly, and the opening to the film is one of the best i've ever seen. This film exudes purity and class, and Carnahan directs with no pressure. I look forward to his next film.

I don't wish to reveal anything on this film because it's best that you just see it cold but fans of Copland or Dark Blue should love this. 9/10


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