Rush (1991)

“It’s an ugly world … You get ugly with it.” Two undercover narcotics agents – cynical veteran “Jim Raynor” (Jason Patric) and naïve rookie “Kristen Cates” (Jennifer Jason Leigh) – join forces to infiltrate the local drug scene and bring down sinister, elusive drug kingpin “Gaines” (Gregg Allman) in a small Texas town during the mid-1970s. In the process, the partners fall in love and struggle with their own addictions, thereby compromising the entire investigation. Sam Elliott portrays grizzled police lieutenant “Dodd.” Directed by Lili Fini Zanuck, Rush presents a compelling vision of the horrors of drug addiction, as well as the ugly side of law enforcement in the “war on drugs” (doing drugs to “gain trust” with dealers, falsifying evidence, etc.). In addition to solid acting, Rush features a great soundtrack that includes “Free Bird” (Lynyrd Skynyrd), “All Along the Watchtower” (Jimi Hendrix), “Tears in Heaven” (Eric Clapton) and “Rock and Roll Hoochie Koo” (Rick Derringer). According to the tagline, “How far do they go before they’ve gone too far?” Rush was based on Kim Wozencraft’s 1990 novel of the same name, which was inspired by her own experiences as a police officer in Tyler, Texas, during the 1970s.

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