Deep Cover

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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...
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Laurence Fishburne, Jeff Goldblum, Victoria Dillard, Charles Martin Smith, Gregory Sierra September 14, 1999 DVD New in new packaging. Language: English. Run time: 107 mins. ... Aspect ratio: 1.85: 1. Originally released: 1992. BRAND NEW FACTORY SEALED! ! ! Read more Show Less

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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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Special Features

Widescreen and full-screen versions of the film; Original theatrical trailer; Cast and crew biographies and filmographies
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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: 9/14/1999
  • UPC: 794043478024
  • Original Release: 1992
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  • Source: New Line Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Pan & Scan / Dolby 5.1 / Surround Sound
  • Sound: Dolby Digital, Surround Sound
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:47:00
  • Format: DVD

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 Morris Ivy
James T. Morris Ivy
Arthur Mendozo Gallegos
Sandra Gould Mrs. O.
Bruce Barbour Policeman
Anna Berger Congresswoman
Donald Bishop Judge
Ed Cambridge Crackhead #2
Jaime Cardriche Shark
Alisa Christensen Ivy's Driver
Cory Curtis Young Russell Stevens, Jr.
Harry Frazier Lunatic Santa
Yvette Heyden Nancy
Def Jef Bartender
Erik Kilpatrick Dealer
Nick LaTour Republican Congressman
Ric Mancini Congressman
Lionel Matthews Officer Winston
Tony Perez Guzman's Lawyer
Clifton Powell Leland
Mike Radner Coroner
John Shepherd Undercover Cop
J.W. Smith Video Dealer
Ron Thompson Guard
Tyrin Turner Dealer
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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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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Special Features
   Theatrical Trailer
   Cast & Crew
      Lawrence Fishburne As Russell Stevens Jr.
      Jeff Goldblum As David Jason
      Bill Duke (Director)
Language Selections
   English 5.1 Surround
   English Stereo Surround
   Subtitles English
   Subtitles None
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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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