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Deep Cover (1992)

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A uniformed cop is recruited by a drug enforcement agent to infiltrate a drug smuggling ring looking to expand its operation.


Bill Duke


Michael Tolkin (story), Michael Tolkin (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
4 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Lira Angel ... Bijoux
René Assa ... Guzman
Bruce Paul Barbour ... Policeman (as Bruce Barbour)
Bilal Bashir Bilal Bashir ... Rapper's Musician
Anna Berger ... Congresswoman
Donald Bishop Donald Bishop ... Judge
Ed Cambridge ... Crackhead #2
Jaime Cardriche ... Shark
Alisa Christensen Alisa Christensen ... Ivy's Driver
Alex Colon ... Molto (as Alex Colón)
Cory Curtis Cory Curtis ... Young Russell Stevens Jr.
Victoria Dillard ... Betty
James Encinas James Encinas ... Guzman's Guard
Joseph Ferro Joseph Ferro ... James
Laurence Fishburne ... Russell Stevens Jr. / John Hull (as Larry Fishburne)


A black uniformed policeman is recruited by a devious drug enforcement agent to infiltrate a smuggling organization seeking to expand into designer drugs. This 'ugly side of the war on drugs' explores the context of race, identity and hypocrisy within a brutal and alienating investigation. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


There's a thin line between catching a criminal . . . and becoming one. See more »


Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, language, drug use and sensuality | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Actress Sandra Gould received a 'special appearance' credit. See more »


When Russel tells David to take the feet off the sofa, he reaches out with his right hand. When the camera changes, he reaches out with his left hand. See more »


Betty McCutcheon: Business is improving.
John Hull: From almost nothing to almost something.
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Referenced in Be Kind Rewind (2008) See more »


I See Ya Jay
Performed by Ragtime
by Bilal Bashir & Johnathan Scott
Written by Tony Pizarro
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Another Interesting Noir From The '90s
14 January 2007 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

As grungy and hard-edged as this movie is, I still found a number of good things going for it that made the movie entertaining to watch. The story moves very fast, which tells you something.

As someone who loves narration, I enjoyed Laurence Fishburne's deep-voiced first-person narrating. He was smooth in this gritty 1990s film noir filled with hard-boiled characters, rough language and some brutal scenes wrapped around a drug story. The early '90s produced some fine neo-noirs.

However, as rough as that sounds, they don't overdo the violence. However, the dialog can make you wince at times. It also has the normal Liberal cheap shots against Republicans: this time George Bush Sr. (The major villain, a South American drug lord is pictured as a friend of Bush's. Puh-leeze. And, you also get the usual baloney of the U.S. Government and the DEA being bad guys. If that isn't enough, they also play the "race card" in here. Yet, I still liked this film. At least they also took a shot at phony Liberals, who Jeff Goldblum's character portrays. Goldblum's "David Jason" actually had the best lines in the film, however. He is shown as morally-bankrupt atheist.

This movie is unusual in that the main character - Fishburne's "Russell Stevens" - goes from good guy to bad guy back to good guy! This is an intriguing, dark film.

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Release Date:

15 April 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,451,356, 19 April 1992

Gross USA:


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1.85 : 1
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