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Deep Cover [Import]

Various Artists Audio CD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars I'd Forgotten How Good This Movie Is. . . ! Jan. 13 2003
Format:DVD
I haven't seen this movie for quite a few years, but I became a huge fan of Laurence Fishburne because of it. I remembered loving the dialogue of the film and the intrinsic moral struggles of Fishburne's character. I had also forgotten that Michael Tolkin (THE PLAYER, AMONG THE DEAD--a novel, and CHANGING LANES) wrote the screenplay. All until I purchased it on DVD last week and watched it Friday evening. Man, that's a lot to forget. . . .
Fishburne is simply spectacular in a quietly disturbing and understated way. His eyes tell much of the story. One of the reviewers called him "broding," and this is a good description. His character doesn't want the assignment but flourishes in it. Doing a bad thing well has its own rewards and punishments. Goldblum--hardly one's first thought at Oscar time each year--is excellent as Fishburne's "partner" in crime. Everybody else is, at the very least, very good: Fishburne's superior officer, his lady friend, the drug dealers, the cop/preacher chasing Fishburne.
Tolkin does an admirable job of mixing the music of the movie, fairly heavy hip hop (at least for my taste) with its dialogue. Fishburne's lines as narrator, at times, are very rhythmic and poetic, blending with the undercurrent of music. He is also fairly profound at moments, going well beyond his profession (whether as cop or drug dealer) to be a father figure to the little boy who lived across the hall. The only argument one could really make is that Tolkin's dialogue is a bit too "preachy" at times and possibly a bit too profound in some pressure-packed moments--would these thugs come up with these lines in these situations? It doesn't matter to me.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good film; almost cliche free. July 1 2001
By Nathan
Format:DVD
I, like so many other people who grew up in the time I did and in the neighborhood where I did, was first attracted to this film solely through the title song by Dr. Dre on the soundtrack to the film. I can't remember how much I heard that song get played all over the radio and the hype it surrounded the movie with during that spring of 1992. In fact, it, in many ways, has outlasted the film itself in terms of pop culture's memory. And that is actually a shame.
This a superior thriller, taking the undercover cop story and crafting a tension-drenched and surprisingly subtle movie. And though it begins to lose its bottom by the end and becomes a little contrived, for the first three quarters of the movie it is expertise and a whole lot more unpredictable than most films of its genre. Veteran actor Laurence Fishburne stars, in, surprisingly, his first lead role, as an L.A. cop who is assigned to go undercover and infiltrate a major cocaine empire in Los Angeles. It is a job he reluctantly takes; as a child he witnessed his junkie father killed while pulling a stickup on Christmas Eve. The flashback of this is shown as the opening scene and is one of the most disturbing in the film, as the young child, who had just listened to his father ask him what he wanted for Christmas, watches the whole bloody incident in horror and pain from the parked car. This plays heavily on his conscience and his psychic well-being as the film goes on. He goes everywhere from the seedy streets of the inner-cities and ghettos as a cocaine dealer and manages to get all the way to the highest ranks of the organization. He does this by working his way into the circle of a mid-level drug distributor.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Strong Performances Take It Deep June 22 2000
Format:DVD
Strong performances by Laurence Fishburne and Jeff Goldblum dominate this story of a cop who goes undercover as a drug dealer, in order to "Do some good," in "Deep Cover," directed by Bill Duke. When he is ten years old, Russell Stevens Jr. witnesses the killing of his drug addicted father, who is shot as he attempts to rob a liquor store, while his son waits in the car. Twenty years later, Russell (Fishburne) is a cop, making good on the promise he made to himself the day he watched his father die; he wasn't going to end up like that. And he was going to make a difference. When Gerald Carver (Charles Martin Smith), an agent with the DEA, approaches him with the offer of an assignment to go under cover as a drug dealer, to help them dismantle the South American pipeline supplying most of the West Coast, and ultimately bring those individuals responsible to justice, Russell accepts; but only after coming to terms with his initial misgivings about taking on such a role. He'll be in so deep, he'll actually have to become another person; he'll be living the life full time, and it may take a year or more to accomplish what they set out to do. He takes the name John Hull, and goes in. This is a decent action film with a pretty good story, but there isn't much here that hasn't been done before; what sets this one apart from many others like it, however, are the two stars. Fishburne, especially (still billed here as "Larry"), takes a fairly routine character and gives him substance. He has such a commanding screen presence that it makes everything that goes down seem credible; he seemingly has the innate ability to know his character from the inside out, and what a difference that can make, especially to a movie like this. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars deep cover
This a an old story of a police officer that goes undercover and must
stay there and avoid the temptation of drugs alcohol etc,and take down
the kingpin of crime ,also... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Kealey Crossan
3.0 out of 5 stars FIND THIS CD WITH THE BONUS CUT
In my first review of this soundtrack CD, I dogged it with 2 stars for having a lot of filler cuts and for dropping off the 16th track (it was on the cassette version). Read more
Published on April 14 2004 by M. R. ZOGLIO
3.0 out of 5 stars FIND THIS CD WITH THE BONUS CUT
In my first review of this soundtrack CD, I dogged it with 2 stars for having a lot of filler cuts and for dropping off the 16th track (it was on the cassette version). Read more
Published on March 20 2004 by M. R. ZOGLIO
3.0 out of 5 stars FIND THIS CD WITH THE BONUS CUT
In my first review of this soundtrack CD, I dogged it with 2 stars for having a lot of filler cuts and for dropping off the 16th track (it was on the cassette version). Read more
Published on Feb. 19 2004 by M. R. ZOGLIO
2.0 out of 5 stars Same Old Drama
I am sick of movies being hyped up and they don't measure up to the talk. Deep Cover was a rip off of a lot of other drug-mob films I've seen. Read more
Published on Oct. 10 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars The zillion dollar question
The five star reviews pretty much say it all about this movie however for me the last line of the film along the lines of: "I could take the money which would be dishonest, or... Read more
Published on Aug. 16 2003 by Montoya
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Crime Drama!
I saw this movie about a hundred times and I can't say that I am tired of putting this flick in the old dvd player. Read more
Published on April 6 2003 by Sal Paradise
5.0 out of 5 stars Above all expectations!
This is the only movie that I rented on reccomandation from video-store clerk that proved worth watching. Read more
Published on May 4 2002 by Borjan Komarica
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast-paced
Implausible, but engaging. A cop whose psychological profile suggests that he himself is prone to criminal behavior goes undercover to bust one of the major importers of drugs on... Read more
Published on Nov. 25 2000 by David Bonesteel
5.0 out of 5 stars "Deep Cover" - a sociological concept?
An awesome movie. Though a fictional story with aspects that could only happen in the movies, it's a cool story of how a law enforcement agent could unwittingly become an asset to... Read more
Published on July 19 2000 by "obabyhardr"
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