Deep Cover

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Fishburne, sensational in his first starring role, is a mid-West undercover cop brought in to infiltrate a West coast drugs ring whose members stretch up to the Latin American diplomatic corps. In a stunning opening sequence, we see a ten-year-old boy (who grows up to be Fishburne's John Q Hull) cradling his junkie father as the latter dies on a doomed Christmas attempt to rob a liquor store for dope money. Twenty years later, Hull is a cop with an attitude problem, a man who obeyed his father's order never to touch drugs but still has all the animal instincts of the dark side of the street. In the course of his work, Hull has to feign indifference to scenes of hideous violence, and gradually becomes embroiled with Goldblum's on-the-edge lawyer/user/dealer. Eventually, biting on a little more than it can chew, the film reverts to type. But 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.

By: SGr

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Duration: 112 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Bill Duke
Screenwriter: Michael Tolkin, Henry Bean
Cast: Larry Fishburne
Jeff Goldblum
Victoria Dillard
Charles Martin Smith
Sydney Lassick
Clarence Williams III
Gregory Sierra
Roger Guenveur Smith

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Hugely underrated almost fogotten film and amazing to believe this was Fishburne's first and only memorable starring role (and 14 years after Apocalypse!). Whatever the reason for his meagre output it must be the most criminally wasted acting talents in modern film. This film is a monument to what we missed and damn Hollywood or whooever was responsible for not making him one of the great black leading actors of the 80s and 90s.