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Rush (1999)



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Based on Kim Wozencraft's semi-autobiographical novel, Rush is a bleak movie about an inexperienced undercover narcotics agent named Kristen Cates (Jennifer Jason Leigh) who teams up with Jim Raynor, an experienced, slightly strung-out, officer (Jason Patric), to catch a drug dealer (Gregg Allman). As the duo begin to investigate the case, they fall in love and eventually become addicted to drugs themselves. Though Wozencraft's book has been altered quite heavily, Zanuck conjures an appropriately seedy and dangerous atmosphere, and Leigh and Patric are both excellent. Rush features a score by Eric Clapton that boasts his hit single, "Tears in Heaven."more
Rating: R (adult situations/language, sex)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Peter Dexter
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 3, 2002
MGM Home Entertainment

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Jason Patric
as Jim Raynor
Jennifer Jason Leigh
as Kristen Cates
Gregg Allman
as Will Gaines
Tony Frank
as Chief Donald Nettle
Joe Odiorne
as Scooter Trash
Dennis Letts
as Senior District Atto...
Dennis Burkley
as Motorcycle Guy
Glenn Wilson
as Motorcycle Guy
James Pickens Jr.
as Man in Disco
Barbara Lasater
as Yellow Rose Bartende...
Toni Pilgreen
as Driller's Waitress
Merrill Connally
as Defense Attorney
Jimmy Ray Pickens
as Man in Disco
Cynthia Scott
as Yellow Rose Waitress
Michael Kirkland
as Grand Jury District ...
Willie Ellison
as Police Instructor
Ron Kern
as Domino Player
Suzanne Savoy
as Dodd's Wife
Ken Stadler
as Police Lieutenant
Gene Nash
as Scooter Trash
Freddy Joe Odiorne
as Scooter Trash
Niles Caldwell
as Scooter Trash
Jerry King
as Man in Hearse
Blue Deckert
as Medical Examiner
Dell Gibson
as Reporter
Jim Phillips
as Club Band - "Terrell...
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Critic Reviews for Rush

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (11)

Head-swiveling directorial debut of Lili Fini Zanuck lays out a tough masculine scenario [based on Kim Wozencraft's book] in a way that is always emotionally riveting.

Full Review… | April 9, 2008
Top Critic

Leigh is effective as always, but has little to chew on; Patric has even less.

Full Review… | April 9, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Zanuck's debut feature fails to keep its dramatic sightlines clear.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Mr. Patric and Ms. Leigh are able to make Jim and Kristen as grimly memorable as the drug culture that threatens to engulf them both.

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

Despite the false notes and grinding bleakness, the film's insider savvy makes for pungent drama.

May 12, 2001
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

It peaks way before the movie's over. You're caught in a slow but steady decline, an unwanted comedown.

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

Audience Reviews for Rush

I liked this film when it came out in '91, and it holds up.
Jason Patric and Jennifer Jason Leigh star in this tale of two undercover cops(narcotics agents) who get caught up in the lifestyle as they are in pursuit of a shady bar owner who may very well be the biggest drug pusher in the area, as well as other dealers with the help of a friend and user.
The performances by Patric and Leigh are brilliant in this dim film based on true events of two narcotics agents in 1974 rural Texas who literally take their work home with them which is clearly nothing but trouble in many ways. Eric Clapton's bluesy score adds to the time and tone of the film as well.

Eric S

Super Reviewer


[font=Century Gothic]"Rush" takes place in 1975. Vice cop, Jim Raynor(Jason Patric), recruits rookie policewoman, Kristen Cates(Jennifer Jason Leigh, great as always), to go undercover with him to buy drugs to be used in evidence against drug dealers in Katterly, Texas. Needless to say, they get in over their heads as the line is crossed...[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]"Rush" is a quietly suspenseful and completely believable film that casts a very skeptical eye on the war on drugs. Max Perlich nearly steals the movie playing a minor drug dealer with a penchant for grand theft auto. And Gregg Allman has a very commanding presence.[/font]

Walter M.

Super Reviewer


A truly excellent, authentic, engrossing, and relentlessly dark depiction of drugs and the criminal justice system. There are no true "good guys" to be found, and the bad guys are found on both sides, moral ambiguity is rampant. The film does a fantastic job of showing how fine the line often is, and how, in the name of moral relativity, it's often crossed. The film captures a fantastic tone throughout, and is powerfully acted by both Jason Patric and Jennifer Jason Leigh, who have a gripping chemistry together. The script is intelligent, being based on a semi-autobiographical novel, and offers poignant insight. One of the best "in too deep" films out there.

4.5/5 Stars

Jeffrey Meyers
Jeffrey Meyers

Super Reviewer

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