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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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A dedicated cop is assigned to go undercover as a dealer to investigate a major drug lord in this intense crime drama. He soon forms a partnership with a smooth, connected lawyer, and finds himself increasingly tempted by the seductions of the drug world.

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Laurence Fishburne
as Russell Stevens Jr. / John Hull
Jeff Goldblum
as David Jason
Cory Curtis
as Russel Jr.
René Assa
as Hector Guzman
Def Jef
as Bartender
Lionel Matthews
as Officer Winston
Bruce Barbour
as Policeman
Kamala Lopez
as Belinda
Ric Mancini
as Congressman
Anna Berger
as Congresswoman
Sandra Gould
as Mrs. G.
Glynn Turman
as Russell Stevens Sr.
John Shepherd
as Undercover Cop
J.W. Smith
as Video Dealer
Tony Perez
as Guzman's Lawyer
Mike Radner
as Coroner
Alisa Christensen
as Ivy's Driver
Nick LaTour
as Republican Congressman
Harry Frazier
as Lunatic Santa
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Critic Reviews for Deep Cover

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (9)

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.

October 31, 2007 | Full Review…

What emerges is a powerhouse thriller full of surprises, original touches, and rare political lucidity, including an impressive performance by Jeff Goldblum.

October 31, 2007 | Full Review…

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.

January 26, 2006

Deep Cover eventually degenerates into so much gratuitous violence that 'kill' sounds like the most-used verb in the screenplay's last stages.

May 20, 2003 | Rating: 2/5

Rather than ride the easy cynicism of the script, by Michael Tolkin and Henry Bean, Fishburne illuminates his character's moral struggle.

June 6, 2001

Larry Fishburne is clearly a star of the future, but Deep Cover won't be the vehicle.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Deep Cover


Nice little undercover piece directed by Bill Duke of Commando and Predator fame.

Ken Stachnik
Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer

A bit garbagy. Not one that Laurence Fishburne or Jeff Goldblum should remember well.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

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.

xGary Xx
xGary Xx

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