Deep Cover

Deep Cover

Director: Bill Duke

Cast: Bill Duke, Laurence Fishburne, Jeff Goldblum, Victoria Dillard

     
 

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Laurence Fishburne straddles the fine line between cop and criminal as a determined undercover cop, rising through the ranks of the underworld in order to topple a powerful drug syndicate in this suspenseful thriller from New Line Home Video. Offering viewing options of both the original 1.85:1 theatrical widescreen presentation (enhanced for 16 x 9 TVs) and the

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Laurence Fishburne straddles the fine line between cop and criminal as a determined undercover cop, rising through the ranks of the underworld in order to topple a powerful drug syndicate in this suspenseful thriller from New Line Home Video. Offering viewing options of both the original 1.85:1 theatrical widescreen presentation (enhanced for 16 x 9 TVs) and the standard 1.33:1 full-screen pan-and-scan version, this release also offers both closed-captioned English Dolby Digital 5.1 and Surround audio tracks with optional English subtitles. Extra features are limited to a theatrical trailer and cast and crew filmographies and biographies.

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What could have been just another crime thriller becomes a startlingly effective neo-noir, charged with a sublime racial outrage. Deep Cover's racial politics give the film a complex, world-weary subtext so crucial to a noir. They start with Laurence Fishburne's character, doomed to a life in the drug world he's quietly desperate to escape. They continue with the anti-Semitism Jeff Goldblum's David Jason suffers with his Hispanic partners, who are bitterly aware of the racism shutting them out of legitimate business. Of the police in the picture, one (Clarence Williams III) is black and near saintly; the other (Alex Colon) is Italian and corrupt. The movie's dénouement presents Charles Martin Smith -- in the movie's sole WASP role -- as all-knowing ("I'm God" is his refrain) but powerless to infiltrate -- and ultimately indifferent to -- the film's minority-dominated world of drugs. Director Bill Duke's knowing take on the collateral destructiveness of the "war on drugs" places his film with Menace II Society, Boyz 'N the Hood, Fresh, and Juice as one of the keynote black film movement works of the late '80s and early '90s. It also establishes Fishburne (just plain old "Larry" in the credits) as a black leading man on par with Denzel Washington and Wesley Snipes. Yet Deep Cover is no civics lesson: Duke fluidly handles several revved up action sequences and pays homage to groundbreaking '70s minority artists by casting Williams, Gregory Sierra, and Rene Assa in key roles. (Also watch for Sidney Lassick of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest fame.)

Product Details

Release Date:
09/14/1999
UPC:
0794043478024
Original Release:
1992
Rating:
R
Source:
New Line Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, Surround Sound]
Time:
1:47:00

Special Features

Widescreen and full-screen versions of the film; Original theatrical trailer; Cast and crew biographies and filmographies

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Laurence Fishburne Russell Stevens, Jr./John Hull
Jeff Goldblum David Jason
Victoria Dillard Betty McCutcheon
Charles Martin Smith Jerry Carver
Gregory Sierra Felix Barbosa
Clarence Williams Ken Taft
Rene Assa Hector Guzman
Alex Colon Molto
Roger Guenveur Smith Eddie
Sidney Lassick Gopher
Kamala Lopez Belinda
Julio Oscar Mechoso Hernandez
Glynn Turman Russell Stevens, Sr.
James T. Morris Ivy
Arthur Mendozo Gallegos
Sandra Gould Mrs. O.
Tyrin Turner Dealer
Bruce Barbour Policeman
Def Jef Bartender
Yvette Heyden Nancy
Ron Thompson Guard
Cory Curtis Young Russell Stevens, Jr.
Donald Bishop Judge
Ed Cambridge Crackhead #2
Ric Mancini Congressman
Anna Berger Congresswoman
Lionel Matthews Officer Winston
Clifton Powell Leland
Jaime Cardriche Shark
John Shepherd Undercover Cop
J.W. Smith Video Dealer
Tony Perez Guzman's Lawyer
Mike Radner Coroner
Alisa Christensen Ivy's Driver
Erik Kilpatrick Dealer
Nick LaTour Republican Congressman
Harry Frazier Lunatic Santa

Technical Credits
Bill Duke Director
Thomas Baer Producer
Bojan Bazelli Cinematographer
Henry Bean Producer,Screenwriter
Daniel W. Bickel Art Director
John Carter Editor
Michel Colombier Score Composer
Pierre David Producer
Michael De Luca Producer
Doanld Elmblad Set Decoration/Design
Arlene Gant Costumes/Costume Designer
Daryl Haney Screenwriter
Deborah Moore Co-producer
David Streit Executive Producer
Michael Tolkin Screenwriter
Pamela B. Warner Production Designer

Scene Index

Scene Selections
0. Scene Selections
0. Menu Group #1 with 18 chapter(s) covering 01:47:39
1. Main Title: Cleveland, 1972. [4:40]
2. Cincinnati: 20 Years Later. [3:02]
3. Los Angeles: 2 Weeks Later. [8:00]
4. Set Up. [6:26]
5. Busted. [4:53]
6. Gaining Respect. [7:25]
7. Illegal Dealings. [6:24]
8. The Wild, Wild West. [9:21]
9. Climbing the Ladder. [4:25]
10. A Rift is Created. [5:15]
11. Felix the Rat. [7:35]
12. New Responsibilities. [4:32]
13. A Change of Plans. [6:45]
14. Payback with Interest. [8:16]
15. Diplomatic Immunity. [10:58]
16. Credit Where Credit is Due. [5:25]
17. End Credits. [4:08]

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