Deep Cover

Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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.
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Editorial Reviews

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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.)
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/13/1997
  • UPC: 794043408434
  • Original Release: 1992
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  • Source: New Line Home Video
  • Format: VHS

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 III 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
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Disturbing But Brilliant

    If you want to understand how crack got started in the US, this is a good primer. Coming out of LA and the Bay Area, it became the country's recreational pandemic virus like non- other for the working masses. Laurence Fishburne, dutifully acting the role of the "player" drug dealer-under cover cop, knew all the right moves and the right people and the right chemicals that were going to be profitable. Disturbing as well because of prophetic commentary on globalized drug usage and "the streets just get worser."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ''THE BEST THING ABOUT LIFE ON THE STREET IS YOU KNOW HOW IT'S GOING TO GO DOWN...''

    narrates John Q. Hull, crack dealer supreme played with realistic fervor by Laurence Fishburne, 2 years before his Oscar nominated turn as Ike Turner (WHATS LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT). His work here is just as Academy worthy. This is keen, well told street theatre. There is great support from Gregory Sierra, Charles Martin Smith and Jeff Goldblum, in his most evil role since DEATH WISH. Highly intense.

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