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Narc [DVD] [2003]

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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
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  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Special Offers
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Sep 2003
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000AGVQD
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,879 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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An aggressive chase and a stray bullet nearly ends the career of undercover narcotics agent Nick Tellis (Jason Patrick) whose job is tearing apart his life and his family. Tellis dreams of working a less stressful desk job, and he knows that a conviction in an upcoming case will land him the job. So he accepts an assignment assisting the overlong investigation of a slain officer, hoping it will be his last experience of street work. Tellis is partnered with Lt. Henry Oak (Ray Liotta) whose unorthodox methods are part of the reason the case is still unsolved. Strict attention to police procedure and cop lingo lift writer-director Joe Carnahan's (BLOOD, GUTS, BULLETS AND OCTANE) gritty, violent film above the cliches of the typical police thriller. NARC is fueled by impassioned performances from leads Patrick, a wary officer who seeks the truth as a means to his own psychological redemption; and Liotta (who also produced), as a broken cop with sadistic, rule-breaking tendencies. The film's grimy immediacy is to the credit of cinematographer Alex Nepomniaschy.


Jittery camera moves and a grey-blue palette make it clear that Narc is a gritty police drama in the tradition of The French Connection and Serpico. Jason Patric plays Nick Tellis, a former undercover cop with an accidental death on his conscience, which may be why he's agreed to partner with Henry Oak (Ray Liotta), a lieutenant determined to track down the killers of his former partner. This could all be rote, but the grit sticks: writer-director Joe Carnahan takes a huge leap forward from his Tarentino-wannabe first film, Blood, Guts, Bullets & Octane. The entire cast is excellent; Patric and Liotta give rich, textured performances that make their respective obsessions vivid and sad. Narc could use more of the dark humour that occasionally bursts out, but the movie's drive and energy make it more than a bleak tale of good intentions gone bad. --Bret Fetzer

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Do yourself a favour: watch this movie 12 July 2005
By A Customer
I am a big fan of Ray Liotta, and found Jason Patric giving an honourable performance in Sleepers. I missed the big screen release and so purchased this film on dvd, not to sure it would be worth the money i paid for it... And i was wrong. I watched Narc twice, and "enjoyed" it even more the second time. The cast performance is simply superb, and the story gripping from start to finish, and you just feel compelled to watch the progression of the investigation led by these two cops brought together for all sorts of wrong reasons until its bitter and disturbing end... Put simply, easily one of the top 5 best cop movie ever made...
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A gem of a film in a year of let downs - NARC 1 Sep 2003
This is a little gem of a film thats just come out on DVD. Its a relatively low budget film of the type that relies on its plot and shooting to produce a fantastic film.
Its stars Jason Patric as a former Narcotics detective (Nick Tellis) whos career came to an abrupt end but now, brought back to work because of his contacts worked up as his 2 years as a NARC detective. He teams up with Henry Oak (Ray Liotta) to solve the death of if Micheal Calvess "a rookie cop killed under mysterious circumstances".
Liottas character Oak is played so well as the renegade cop who goes against the rule book and will stop at nothing to avenge his friends death (had a few of those before haven’t we?).
The plot develops over the 101 minutes of this film with some twists that you can see coming if you follow the clues through out the film. These are presented in a in your face way as Tellis discovers them, its up to you notice them and fit them together. Its not the kinda of 'oh my god how did I miss that' sixth sense twist but good none the less.
Looking through the credits I couldn't help but notice Tom Cruise is the Executive Producer and its a Cruise/Wagner film.
Written and directed by Joe Carnahan, watch out for more films by this guy if this ones anything to go by.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Cop Movie EVER!!!!!! 22 Nov 2008
Narc is an excellent exposition of the drugs underworld and how the margins of narcotics undercover police are blurred with the junkies that they stalk. Nick tellis (Jason Patric) is a Narcotics Cop suspended after a pregnant woman was accidentally shot whilst he was chasing a drug dealer in an amazing openning sequence. He is given a reprieve if he can use his undercover drug dealer links to find the killer of a fellow narcotics cop Michael Calvess who was shot in mysterious circumstances during a drug deal.
His wife is none too happy about his reinstatement and initially his work is merely paper related. He notices Lt Henry Oak ( a superb Ray Liotta) 's name cropping up on transcripts. He is assigned to work with Oak, formerly Calvess's partner on the case.Liotta is simply outstanding as a wolfishly begoateed leviathan who takes no prisoners in a dangerous world.The closer Tellis gets to the truth of the case, the more walls rise to thwart him.
Narc looks at the underworld of the drug dealer and the drug addled and how, like Odysseus to the Sirens, the cops themselves often became junkies. Tellis shockingly discovered that his valourous slain colleague not only was a junkie but may have blown his cover resulting in the shoot out at the openning of the film.
This is like the leaner, grittier low budget of what the remake of Miami Vice hinted at. Instead it became too pre occupied with dodgy perms and slick music.
Director Joe Carnahan was spotted to be a great talent by Tom Cruise and Paula Wagner and was originally cast to direct War of the Worlds. Unfortunately It fell through but had The Cruiser stuck to his guns, then that film might not have been the pile of dung that it became. Alas sometimes, Less is more!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Shocking and sincere. 1 Feb 2004
Very rarely am I shocked by a film, revolted maybe, or just plain sickened, but the opening moments of Narc are genuinely powerful, disturbing and compelling. The tone is set for a film of rare quality, where the main characters are unusually human and consequently fragile. The cinematography is also very clever, with a kind of bleached out brightness to everything filmed outside, and a contrary rich darkness to all the indoor photography which really reinforced the sense of danger relating to the work the characters were involved with. Ray Liotta acts superbly, and plays a man on the edge flawlessly, you won't regret seeing this film, although if you're not a fan of the visceral, you might not enjoy this one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
Narc is written and directed by Joe Carnahan. It stars Ray Liotta, Jason Patric, Chi McBride, Busta Rhymes and Richard Chevolleau. Music is scored by Cliff Martinez and cinematography by Alex Nepomniaschy.

After being suspended from the Detroit police force following an undercover drug bust gone horribly wrong, undercover narcotics officer Nick Tellis (Patric) is coerced back into active duty to see if he can help crack the case of a mysteriously slain fellow officer. Paired with the victim's volatile ex-partner, Henry Oak (Liotta), Tellis tries to hold it together as the case grows ever more complex the deeper he gets.

Don't tune into this one if you want cartoon action and good cop/bad cop laughs, this is a perpetual downer, stripped to the bone, it's a portrait of damaged people in a shabby part of Detroit. The investigation is standard formula stuff, but it's with the characterisations, and the attention to detail of said characters, that lifts this to near classic status. Grit and grime rule the day, with the violence never gratuitous and pulsing with intensity. The mystery element of the case is strong, we constantly wonder what happened as we trawl through the avenues of red herrings and streets populated with scummy characters, but nicely Carnahan has us primarily concerned with what happens to Tellis and Oak as opposed to the slain copper they are investigating. Carnahan breaks free from the sub-Tarrantino mimicry taunts that had landed his way previously, to produce a daring film visually, with kinetic hand held camera work, split-screens and washed out colours, all aiding the narrative, keeping this always as a gripping tale of substance.

It's not perfect, the wife is too standard, some loose ends dangle from the finale, but backed by two exemplary performances from Liotta and Patric, both never better, Narc goes way above cliché to hold in a grip throughout. 8/10
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars "Every good cop has the soul of a criminal."
This is an important film which succeeds on many levels, none more so than it's portrayal of characters that are much more than the usual 2 dimensional cops we see so often in the... Read more
Published on 23 Jan 2012 by A long way from Tipp
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good movie
I would say Narc is a very underrated movie, it is similar to the Shield in it's style of direction and presentation. It has a very realistic feel to it and is very entertaining.
Published on 21 Jan 2010 by Hassan Waheed
5.0 out of 5 stars Pukka!
Lovely, happy & fine. Feeling gay about the trans-action!?!! No reflection on the seller by the way, just me!
Published on 5 Dec 2009 by M. Brown
2.0 out of 5 stars A let down.
This film tried to be over elaborate and clever. It failed on the second point. I can imagine this film drew its influence from the likes of the usual suspects, but the ending... Read more
Published on 6 Mar 2008 by L. Hodson
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful
Why oh why oh why did this get made this way. Having read so many reviews about how great a film this was I waited with great anticipation for its delivery. How let down I was. Read more
Published on 31 Jan 2007 by Tangerine
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, edge of your seat action thriller!
This film has a very powerful gripping start. The rest of the film is just as good. This is a must see as i beleive this is one of the all time best films. Read more
Published on 16 Jun 2005 by "koo5"
5.0 out of 5 stars Art House cop movie
Set in bleak Detroit this film has all the elements of a genuine Greek tragedy and is more art house than cop movie. It is not your run of the mill entertainment. Read more
Published on 15 Feb 2005 by Jonathan Kent
5.0 out of 5 stars Charged police thriller with outstanding performances
NARC is a hauntingly atmospheric film about two narcotics detectives investigating the case of a murdered compatriot. Read more
Published on 15 Dec 2004 by Mr. W. A. P. Brown
4.0 out of 5 stars A cop movie, Surely your'e getting bored of this by now?
By no means is this just a cop movie, but a gritty movie that seems tobring out the seedy underbelly of undervocer police work. Read more
Published on 21 April 2004
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