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USA: Lions Gate Films
UK: UIP (UK)
Cast: Ray Liotta, Jason Patric, Chi McBride, Busta Rhymes, Anne Openshaw, Richard Chevolleau, John Ortiz, Thomas Patrice, Alan Van Sprang
Director: Joe Carnahan
USA & UK: 105 mins
USA Rated: R for strong brutal violence, drug content and pervasive language
UK Certificate: 18 contains strong language, violence and drug use
USA Release Date: 20 December 2002 (Limited Release - Los Angeles and New York)
UK Release Date: 7 February 2003
In homage to such classic films as THE FRENCH CONNECTION and SERPICO, writer/director Joe Carnahan's NARC explores the dark underbelly of the drug world with a compelling story about the intense psyche behind those individuals called 'narcs', undercover officers who put themselves on the front lines of the war against drugs. Chipping away at the number of dealers on the streets, these brave men and women leave their loved ones behind each day as they throw themselves into the brutal world of drug abuse for one purpose only...to end it.
NARC tells the story of suspended undercover narcotics officer, Nick Tellis (Jason Patric), who is reluctantly drawn back onto the force to find the truth behind the murder of a young police officer killed in the line of duty. He is teamed with Henry Oak (Ray Liotta), the slain officer's partner, a rogue cop who will stop at nothing to avenge his friend's death. As Tellis and Oak unravel the case, the dark underbelly of the narcotics world reveals itself in surprising ways that are more twisted than either officer has seen before...and the mystery that slowly reveals itself threatens to destroy them both.
An intense adrenaline rush from the first heart-stopping chase scene to the stunning dramatic climax, this taut police thriller was nominated for the Dramatic Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah and winner of the Special Prize Policier Award at the Cognac Film Festival in France. NARC is written and directed by an innovative new voice in filmmaking, Joe Carnahan (BLOOD, GUTS, BULLETS AND OCTANE).