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Bill Duke’s electrifying crime thriller is a dazzling Los Angeles neon noir propelled by a stellar hip-hop / R&B soundtrack, including the iconic title track by Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg. Laurence Fishburne plays a dedicated police officer recruited by the DEA to go undercover – Deep Cover – to help take down a major drug ring. But first he’ll have to gain the trust of the cartel’s eccentric lawyer (Jeff Goldblum). As he perilously gets closer to the top, he’ll soon find there’s a thin line between catching a criminal and becoming one. Fishburne and Goldblum sizzle in career-best performances from a riveting script by Michael Tolkin and Henry Bean.

“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.” – Stephen Garrett, Time Out

“This fresh material inspires the actors. Fishburne is strong and complex in a role that marks him for more leading work. Goldblum whirls through scenes… Among the many unexpected aspects of this movie is the way its characters constantly ask themselves what the right course is – and if they can afford to take it.” – Roger Ebert

“There are several things that raise Deep Cover above the ordinary. The screenplay is by Michael Tolkin and Henry Bean, who respectively wrote The Player and Internal Affairs and whose views on the subject of corruption are subversively entertaining. The director is Bill Duke, whose Rage in Harlem was a spirited period piece. Its stars are the quietly commanding Larry Fishburne and the wry Jeff Goldblum, who make an interestingly offbeat team.” – Janet Maslin, The New York Times

Bill Duke
Laurence Fishburne, Jeff Goldblum, Charles Martin Smith
Running Time
107 minutes

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