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Deep Cover
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Directed By
Bill Duke

Written By:
Michael Tolkin

Cast:
Laurence Fishburne, Jeff Goldblum, Victoria Dillard, Charles Martin Smith, Sydney Lassick, Clarence Williams III, Gregory Sierra, Roger Guenveur Smith, Alex Colon, Julio Oscar Mechoso, Erik Kilpatrick, Tyrin Turner, Sandra Gould, Ron Thompson, Glynn Turman, Vicellous Reon Shannon, Ric Mancini, Clifton Powell, Tony Perez, Paunita Nichols, John Shepherd, J.W. Smith, Roberto Santana, Bruce Paul Barbour, Joseph Ferro, Lira Angel, Kamala Lopez-Dawson, Shannon Macpherson, Yvette Heyden, James T. Morris, Arthur Mendoza, Harry Frazier, Cory Curtis, René Assa, Donald Bishop, Lisa Thayer, Eleva Singleton, John Boyd West, John Messall


 
Deep Cover (1992)
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Movie Review by Movie Addict
July 25th, 2007

You're a drug dealer. Deal drugs.

John Hull: We took eleven million in drug profits out of the van. The money doesn't know where it comes from, but I do. If I keep it, I'm a criminal. If I give it to the government, I'm a fool. If I try and do some good with it, maybe it just makes things worse. Either way, I'll probably just wind up getting myself in more trouble. It's an impossible choice, but in a way, we all have to make it. What would you do?

Bill Duke has had a long and illustrious career as an actor (X-Men: The Last Stand, Action Jackson, Predator), a producer and writer, and as a director (Hoodlum, Deacons for Defence, The Killing Floor). In what could have been a routine blaxplotation film, he gives us a compelling story that was a thrill to watch.

That is not to say that the penultimate chapter could not be predicted a mile away by anyone who is familiar with our government and the fact that they would sacrifice American citizens for the sake of some tin-horn dictator. However, the final chapter in this film gives us some satisfaction as we see those agency scumbags and two-bit congressmen getting their due.

Laurence Fishburne was magnificent as a cop sent undercover to bust drug kingpins. He goes deeper and deeper and soon there is no way to tell the difference. Is there a spark of humanity left inside? One can only hope.

Jeff Goldblum was equally good as his partner in crime. Clarence Williams III was the best I have seen him as a cop, who was Fishburne's conscience.

Great film about undercover police work and the effect it can have on a cop.

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