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Director: Joe Carnahan

Cast: Joe Carnahan, Ray Liotta, Jason Patric, Chi McBride


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Suspended from the police force following an undercover drug bust gone horribly awry, Detroit undercover narcotics officer Nick Tellis (Jason Patric) is reluctantly goaded back into active duty in hopes that he can help to crack the case of a slain fellow officer. Promised reinstatement in the force in exchange for his efforts, Tellis is paired with the victim's… See more details below


Suspended from the police force following an undercover drug bust gone horribly awry, Detroit undercover narcotics officer Nick Tellis (Jason Patric) is reluctantly goaded back into active duty in hopes that he can help to crack the case of a slain fellow officer. Promised reinstatement in the force in exchange for his efforts, Tellis is paired with the victim's volatile ex-partner Henry Oak (Ray Liotta) and soon begins to actively seek the killer in an increasingly complex case. A recent father whose wife fears for her husband's safety and begs him not to take back to the dangerous streets, Tellis struggles with his conscience as he navigates a twisting road of half-realized truths, shifting loyalties and questionable agendas. With every step closer to Tellis gets to solving the troubling murder, he grows farther away from his wife and newborn son, and edges ever closer to a resolution so complicated that it threatens to devour his soul and shatter every preconceived difference he has ever made between cop and criminal.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
The words "edgy," "gritty," and "hard-boiled" -- usually employed to describe cop thrillers with urban settings -- certainly apply to Narc, although this film's palpable authenticity really separates it from typical genre offerings. Thematically speaking, there's little here that hasn't been seen before, but writer-director Joe Carnahan has invested his relatively low-budget movie with unrelenting honesty and street-savvy realism, sparing none of his flawed characters from the consequences of their actions. Jason Patric plays Sgt. Nick Tellis, an undercover narcotics cop bounced from the Detroit police force after wrongfully shooting a pregnant woman. Nick's former commanding officer (Chi McBride) reluctantly brings him back to help investigate the murder of another officer engaged in narcotics work. Patric, an actor for whom great things were once predicted, portrays Nick as a wounded soul whose long-suffering wife (Krista Bridges) knows how dangerous it is for him to be back on Motown's mean streets. But it's the performance of Ray Liotta, in perhaps his best starring turn since GoodFellas, that ultimately makes Narc so compelling. As Lt. Henry Oak, a highly effective but extra-aggressive plainclothesman, Liotta captures the essence of a tough cop whose years on the job have turned him into a walking time bomb, seething with resentment and determined to wreak vengeance on the killer of his protégé. His virtuoso performance contrasts beautifully with Patric's soft-spoken, introspective characterization. Carnahan's primary contribution is his masterful handling of a serpentine plot whose climactic twist, while not altogether unexpected, is both poignant and powerful. We predict that one viewing is all it'll take to get you hooked on Narc.
Barnes & Noble

The movie's writer and director, Joe Carnahan, brings a rough, aggressive energy to the picture. Roger Ebert
All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
A jarring and gritty tale of revenge and the search for redemption set against the decayed backdrops of inner-city Detroit, director Joe Carnahan's Narc offers a compelling crime story with actors Ray Liotta and Jason Patric in top form. Having tread familiar ground in the similarly-themed 1991 crime drama Rush, Patric turns in what might be his finest performance as a cop haunted by the mistakes of his past, but increasingly determined to redeem himself by aiding in the capture of a viscous cop-killer. Likewise, Liotta strikes a fierce chord as an unhinged and single-mindedly determined cop bent on capturing (and likely maiming) the drug dealers responsible for his former partner's demise. If Patric and Liotta had been underused and under-appreciated for some time, this film is a true testament to their remarkable ability to immerse themselves so much in character that the actor becomes a transparent vessel and the character a strikingly tangible and sympathetic entity into their own. If his freshman effort Blood, Guts, Bullets and Octane garnered director Carnahan the unfavorable stigma of a Tarantino rip-off artist, Narc find's Carnahan truly coming into his own as a compelling storyteller. Though at times the clichés of crime thrillers boil to the surface, Carnahan has the kind of creativity and energy to quickly shift those familiar conventions into something truly effective and satisfying, and by skillfully taking the time to make his characters as street-smart, sympathetic and intimidating as they should be, he wisely builds the intensity to an almost unbearable level leading into a showdown that is as satisfying as it is believable and true to form. The amount of time spent drawing the characters as complex and believable individuals may seem unusual for a police detective thriller, but it's precisely this approach that makes Narc's ultimate denouement so powerful. There are many moments in which sympathies are shifted and the perspectives questioned, and by skillfully employing a Rashomon-like technique as the film edges closer to the abyss, Carnahan displays a deft ability to keep his audience frantically guessing.
Entertainment Weekly
They're just a couple of cops in Copmovieland, these two, but in Narc, they find new routes through a familiar neighborhood. Lisa Schwarzbaum
New York Times
An entertaining, grimy view of the traps of machismo tucked inside a cop thriller. Elvis Mitchell

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Special Features

Closed-Caption Commentary by writer/director Joe Carnahan and film editor John Gilroy Narc: Making The Deal Narc: Shooting Up Narc: The Visual trip The Friedkin Connection Theatrical Trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ray Liotta Lt. Henry Oak
Jason Patric Nick Tellis
Chi McBride Capt. Cheevers
Busta Rhymes Beery
Anne Openshaw Katherine Calvess
Richard Chevolleau Steeds
John Ortiz Ruiz
Alan C. Peterson Freeman Franks

Technical Credits
Joe Carnahan Director,Screenwriter
Randy Emhett Executive Producer
Andy Emilio Executive Producer
George Furla Executive Producer
John Gilroy Editor
David C. Glasser Executive Producer
Michelle Grace Producer
Michael Johnson Asst. Director
Ray Liotta Producer
Cliff Martinez Score Composer
Steve Montgomery Associate Producer
Diane Nabatoff Producer
Alex Nepomniaschy Cinematographer
Richard Penn Sound/Sound Designer
Gersha Phillips Costumes/Costume Designer
Taavo Sooder Production Designer
Adam Stone Executive Producer
Marcel Suamure Asst. Director
Mary Vernieu Casting
Clare Walker Casting

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Narc
1. Chapter 1 [:19]
2. Chapter 2 [:14]
3. Chapter 3 [:09]
4. Chapter 4 [:34]
5. Chapter 5 [2:21]
6. Chapter 6 [6:31]
7. Chapter 7 [3:39]
8. Chapter 8 [7:55]
9. Chapter 9 [7:05]
10. Chapter 10 [:50]
11. Chapter 11 [5:40]
12. Chapter 12 [:48]
13. Chapter 13 [6:50]
14. Chapter 14 [7:04]
15. Chapter 15 [8:03]
16. Chapter 16 [:55]
17. Chapter 17 [5:06]
18. Chapter 18 [1:28]
19. Chapter 19 [3:54]
20. Chapter 20 [7:37]
21. Chapter 21 [1:29]
22. Chapter 22 [6:00]
23. Chapter 23 [:53]
24. Chapter 24 [6:37]
25. Chapter 25 [7:11]
26. Chapter 26 [5:22]
27. Chapter 27 [:07]
28. Chapter 28 [:06]
29. Chapter 29 [:07]

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