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Narc (2002)

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When the trail goes cold on a murder investigation of a policeman an undercover narcotics officer is lured back to the force to help solve the case.

Director:

Joe Carnahan

Writer:

Joe Carnahan
1 win & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dan Leis Dan Leis ... Elvin Dowd
Jason Patric ... Nick Tellis
Lloyd Adams ... Walter Dandridge
Meagan Issa Meagan Issa ... Little Girl
Lina Giornofelice ... Jeanine Mueller (as Lina Felice)
A.C. Peterson ... Freeman Franks (as Alan C. Peterson)
Karen Robinson ... Liz Detmer
Chi McBride ... Captain Cheevers
Booth Savage ... Cecil Mitchum
Alan Van Sprang ... Michael Calvess
Gavyn Donaldson Gavyn Donaldson ... Tellis' Infant Son
Myles Donaldson Myles Donaldson ... Tellis' Infant Son
Krista Bridges ... Audrey Tellis
Ray Liotta ... Henry Oak
Thomas Patrice Thomas Patrice ... Officer Marcotte
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Storyline

An undercover narc dies, the investigation stalls, so the Detroit P.D. brings back Nick Tellis, fired 18-months ago when a stray bullet hits a pregnant woman. Tellis teams with Henry Oak, a friend of the dead narc and an aggressive cop constantly under the scrutiny of internal affairs. They follow leads, informants turn up dead, Nick's wife is unhappy he's back on the street, Henry's protective of the dead cop's wife. Nick reads and re-reads the case file, broods, watches Oak's heavy-handed style, sometimes joining in. The brass want to close out the case, Nick and Henry stay on it, and bits of evidence point them to an auto body shop. What actually happened; will Nick ever know? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong brutal violence, drug content and pervasive language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Paramount [United States]

Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

10 January 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Narc: Calles peligrosas See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$63,303, 22 December 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$10,460,089, 16 March 2003
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Ray Liotta gained 25 lbs. for the role by eating foods heavy in carbohydrates. Before he would shoot for the day, he prepared by eating Chinese food because the soy in the food helps to retain water and give him that "puffy" look. He also wore a fat suit under his clothes at all times as well as prosthetic skin under his eyes to give him an aged baggy look. See more »

Goofs

Towards the end of the movie, both before and directly after shooting Oak, Tellis is seen armed with a 1911 style pistol. In both instances, the hammer is down. Prior to shooting Oak, this would mean the the weapon is not capable of being fired. Immediately after shooting Oak, the hammer would automatically be in the cocked position. See more »

Quotes

[discovering that a suspect's trunk is full of guns]
Henry Oak: What, are the brothers throwing a coup?
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Connections

Edited into Narc: Making the Deal (2003) See more »

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The Light
Performed by Mike Berger
Written by Mike Berger
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Incredible
6 November 2004 | by IdentificationSee all my reviews

Narc was very, very fast-paced, and at times a little hard to follow... but whatever confusion I felt only added to the stark surrealism of the story. Shots of blue and gray and black, full of dark lines and sharp corners while always real somehow appeared to be strange and deep and profound. The story is gritty, filthy realism--- but I felt as though I were stepping into a completely amazing hallucination.

The acting and everything is brilliant but what really gets me is how well the feelings and the visual come together. The realism and blood becomes something deeply emotional.

I recommend it... unless you want to be all happy and sunny, in which case Narc is not for you.


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