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Deep Cover (1992)

Cast: Laurence Fishburne, Laurence Fishburne, Jeff Goldblum, more...
Director: Bill Duke, Bill Duke
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Studio: New Line Home Video
Genre: Neo Noir
Running Time: 107 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English
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Laurence Fishburne plays no-nonsense LAPD narc Russell Stevens, Jr., who has worked all his life to expunge the memory of his dope-addict father, whom he saw die in a liquor-store robbery. DEA agent Jerry Carver (Charles Martin Smith) orders Stevens to work as an undercover operative on a major case. The cop is to pose as a dealer in order to get the goods on South American drug lord. Stevens is so convincing as a dealer, that he fast works his way up through the ranks and gains the trust of lawyer and narcotics dealer David Jason (Jeff Goldblum) and his sinister associates, all lackeys to the kingpin who is the target of Stevens' assignment. Through a series of fantastic but credible circumstances, Stevens eliminates the lower echelon, getting closer to his quarry, but in the process he finds himself so deep into the sinister and seductive world of the drug trade that he may never get out. In a surprise move, and just when he is about to bring the ringleader down, the DEA pulls the plug on his assignment, because the top dealer, an influential Latin American politician, may someday be useful to the State Department. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

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Has it all: sex, twist, political critique. by joanella December 20, 2006 - 10:25 PM PST
My god, 15 years later it still holds up! James Ellroy only wishes any of the movies of his books had this much complexity, flow, and style.

deep cover.. a deeply great movie that most people overlook by psychodrama311 July 14, 2003 - 11:32 PM PDT
1 out of 2 members found this review helpful
laurence fishburne is definitely the man. playing a cop going undercover... deep cover.. not unlike jason patric in rush.. he becomes embroiled deeper and deeper..until he is about to become a main man with jeff goldblum. with a web of drugs, death and deception. this is very overlooked movie. a great flick.

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