Rush

Rush

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Director: Lili Fini Zanuck, Jason Patric, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Sam Elliott

Cast: Lili Fini Zanuck, Jason Patric, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Sam Elliott

     
 

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Based on a gritty, semi-autobiographical novel by author Kim Wozencraft, this crime thriller was adapted for the screen by noir novelist Pete Dexter and marked the directorial debut of producer Lili Fini Zanuck. Jennifer Jason Leigh stars as Kristen Cates, a rookie police officer recruited to partner with Jim Raynor (Jason Patric), an undercover Texas cop trying to

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Based on a gritty, semi-autobiographical novel by author Kim Wozencraft, this crime thriller was adapted for the screen by noir novelist Pete Dexter and marked the directorial debut of producer Lili Fini Zanuck. Jennifer Jason Leigh stars as Kristen Cates, a rookie police officer recruited to partner with Jim Raynor (Jason Patric), an undercover Texas cop trying to infiltrate the criminal ring of major drug dealer Will Gaines (Gregg Allman) in the 1970s. What Kristen isn't told is that, as part of his deep cover masquerade, Jim must take drugs in order to be convincing and, unsurprisingly, has become an addict. Although this dangerous practice is not acceptable police procedure, Jim and Kristen's zealous superiors Larry Dodd (Sam Elliott) and Donald Nettle (Tony Frank) are obsessed with taking Gaines down because he has corrupted the daughter of a prominent local citizen. Jim and Kristen, who fall in love and move in together, befriend a petty car thief, Walker (Max Perlich), who has ties to Gaines. Since they both become drug addicts, Jim and Kristen's case makes little progress, until they clean up and convince Walker to turn on Gaines. Their investigation becomes tainted, however, when they are pressured from above to manufacture false evidence against their target. The soundtrack for Rushcontained the hit song "Tears in Heaven" by Eric Clapton.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Michael Costello
Lili Fini Zanuck's only directorial effort thus far, adapted from a novel based on the experiences of former narcotics detective Kim Wozencraft, is a superbly corrosive portrait of the life of an undercover narc Jennifer Jason-Leigh. After naïve rookie-cop Leigh joins veteran narc Jason Patric, she adopts his practice of shooting whatever substance is necessary as a technique for nailing drug dealers. The liminal area occupied by those who do undercover work has always fascinated writers and filmmakers, for the profound, sometimes destructive transformations of identity that it can trigger. While the cautionary aspects of the film's drug tale are familiar, it's on the mark in its insights into the way in which the arrogance bred by expertise can lead to dangerously risky behavior in any walk of life. That's certainly the case for Patric, as he sinks into a full-blown addiction, dragging his partner-turned-lover down with him. As imperfect as these cops may be, the film also implies the corruption of the Texas legal system that is their matrix. Patric and Leigh both give powerhouse performances, with stinging depictions of the scabrous life of addiction. Also good are Special K. McCray, as a suave drug dealer, and Max Perlich as a police snitch. Eric Clapton's blues-laden score is perfectly suited to the terrain of Texas bars and roadhouses.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/14/2015
UPC:
0738329170424
Original Release:
1991
Rating:
NR
Source:
Kl Studio Classics
Region Code:
A
Time:
2:00:00
Sales rank:
13,832

Special Features

Audio commentary by director Lili Fini Zanuck; Featurette; "Tears in Heaven" music video; Original theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jason Patric Jim Raynor
Jennifer Jason Leigh Kristen Cates
Sam Elliott Larry Dodd
Max Perlich Walker
Gregg Allman Will Gaines
Joe Odiorne Scooter Trash
Shari Rhodes Actor
William Sadler Nettle,Monroe
Tony Frank Chief Donald Nettle
Special K. McCray Willie Red
Dennis Letts Senior District Attorney
Dennis Burkley Motorcycle Guy
Glenn Wilson Motorcycle Guy
Jimmy Pickens Man in Disco
Barbara Lasater Yellow Rose Bartender
Toni Pilgreen Driller's Waitress
Merrill Connally Defense Attorney
Connie Cooper Judge
Cynthia Scott Yellow Rose Waitress
John Ray Harrison Mayor
Michael Kirkland Grand Jury District Attorney
Willie Ellison Police Instructor
Ron Kern Domino Player
Tom Rosales Wino
Suzanne Savoy Dodd's Wife
Ken Stadler Police Lieutenant
Gene Nash Scooter Trash
Niles Caldwell Scooter Trash
Brandon Smith Cop
Jerry King Man in Hearse
Blue Deckert Medical Examiner
Dell Gibson Reporter
Jim Phillips Club Band - "Terrell"

Technical Credits
Lili Fini Zanuck Director
Colleen Atwood Costumes/Costume Designer
Eric Clapton Score Composer
Gary Daigler Producer,Production Manager
Peter Dexter Screenwriter
Katterli A. Frauenfelder Asst. Director
Hank Garfield Sound/Sound Designer
Phillip Leonard Set Decoration/Design
Kenneth MacMillan Cinematographer
Timothy R. Sexton Musical Direction/Supervision
Paul Sylbert Production Designer
Bruno Van Zeebroeck Special Effects
Mark Warner Editor
Richard D. Zanuck Producer

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Rush 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As one reviewer remarked, this film is dark and edgy but so is drug addiction and as Sam Elliot said "It will make you ugly with it." A superb movie about the dirtiness of the business, whether the gangsters and sometimes even the police. In that field, you can't trust nobody.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've been in love with this movie since its release in the early 90s! The acting is superb... the storyline intense... and the soundtrack is amazing! What is NOT to love about this film? Get it, you won't be disappointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I don't think the writer above saw the movie! In this case, I'd also say the movie was better than the book. This film is gritty, edgy, and dark. This movie has been on my top 10 since it came out. Give it a chance, you won't be disappointed!