Deep Cover (1992)



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Laurence Fishburne plays no-nonsense LAPD narc Russell Stevens, Jr., who has worked all his life to expunge the memory of his dope-addict father, whom he saw die in a liquor-store robbery. DEA agent Jerry Carver (Charles Martin Smith) orders Stevens to work as an undercover operative on a major case. The cop is to pose as a dealer in order to get the goods on South American drug lord. Stevens is so convincing as a dealer, that he fast works his way up through the ranks and gains the trust of … More

Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Michael Tolkin, Henry Bean, Daryl Haney
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 14, 1999


as Russell Stevens Jr. ...

as David Jason

as Barbosa

as Russel Jr.

as Hector Guzman

as Bartender

as Officer Winston

as Dealer

as Policeman

as Belinda

as Congressman

as Congresswoman

as Mrs. G.

as Russell Stevens Sr.

as Video Dealer

as Guzman's Lawyer

as Coroner

as Ivy's Driver

as Republican Congressm...

as Lunatic Santa

as Crackhead #2
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Critic Reviews for Deep Cover

All Critics (20) | 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.

Full Review… | October 31, 2007
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | October 31, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

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
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Deep Cover


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

Ken Stachnik

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

Super Reviewer


decent flick

danny d

Super Reviewer

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