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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 lawyer and narcotics dealer David Jason (Jeff Goldblum) and his sinister associates, all lackeys to the kingpin who is the target of Stevens' assignment. Through a series of fantastic but credible circumstances, Stevens eliminates the lower echelon, getting closer to his quarry, but in the process he finds himself so deep into the sinister and seductive world of the drug trade that he may never get out. In a surprise move, and just when he is about to bring the ringleader down, the DEA pulls the plug on his assignment, because the top dealer, an influential Latin American politician, may someday be useful to the State Department.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


Laurence Fishburne
as Russell Stevens Jr. ...
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 E. Turman
as Russell Stevens Sr.
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 Congressm...
Harry Frazier
as Lunatic Santa
Ed Cambridge
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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