Deep Cover (1992)
Critic Consensus: Deep Cover rises above standard-issue crime thriller fare thanks to a smartly cynical script and powerhouse performances from its unorthodox but well-matched leads.
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as Russell Stevens Jr. / John Hull
as David Jason
as Russel Jr.
as Hector Guzman
as Officer Winston
as Mrs. G.
as Russell Stevens Sr.
as Undercover Cop
as Video Dealer
as Guzman's Lawyer
as Ivy's Driver
as Republican Congressman
as Lunatic Santa
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Critic Reviews for Deep Cover
Convoluted and mostly unconvincing as a portrait of the drug underworld, Deep Cover [based on a story by Michael Tolkin] still carries some resonance due to its vivid portrait of societal decay and a heavyweight performance by Larry Fishburne.
What emerges is a powerhouse thriller full of surprises, original touches, and rare political lucidity, including an impressive performance by Jeff Goldblum.
In addition to Fishburne, it gives us a first-rate soundtrack, a clutch of splendid cameos, fine, grainy direction from Duke, and much pointed stuff about the hypocrisy behind the USA's so-called war against drugs.
Deep Cover eventually degenerates into so much gratuitous violence that 'kill' sounds like the most-used verb in the screenplay's last stages.
Rather than ride the easy cynicism of the script, by Michael Tolkin and Henry Bean, Fishburne illuminates his character's moral struggle.
Audience Reviews for Deep Cover
Nice little undercover piece directed by Bill Duke of Commando and Predator fame.
A bit garbagy. Not one that Laurence Fishburne or Jeff Goldblum should remember well.
Intelligent, intense and well-acted undercover cop drama, with Jeff Goldblum playing nicely against type as a psychotic yuppie and Laurence Fishburne suitably tortured as the cop seduced by his lavish life of crime.
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