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Cast & Crew
- Cuba Gooding Jr.
- Clifton Collins Jr
- Aimee Garcia
- Tory Kittles
Cuba Gooding, Jr.
Clifton Collins, Jr.
Robert La Sardo
Internal Affairs Agent
- Chris Fisher
- David Hillary
- Timothy Wayne Peternel
- Ash Shah
- Ash R. Shah
- Eric Saks
- Gil Reavill
- Chris Fisher
Cuba Gooding Jr. and Clifton Collins Jr. portray a pair of former gang members who trade in their colors for badges, only to discover that life on the other side of the law isn't much different than life on the streets, in Nightstalker director Chris Fisher's tale of crime and corruption in the highest ranks of the inner-city police force. As anti-gang task force cops Armando Sancho (Collins Jr.) and his partner Salim Adel (Gooding Jr.) make their way through the sweltering concrete jungle of a decaying city, the lines between the law and the lawless grow increasingly blurred. His conscience stirred by his involvement in the murder of an innocent man, Sancho begins weighing the prospect of participating in an Internal Affairs investigation against his loyalty to his amoral partner and best friend Adel. When Sancho and Adel are called in by their division lieutenant (Cole Hauser) and assigned the task of delivering confiscated dope to the henchmen of feared gangster Damien Baine (Wyclef Jean), the deal is sweetened by Baine's offer to cut the pair in on the profits if they agree to bust a gang of newly arrived Canadian drug dealers looking to establish roots in the city. The task is complicated however, by the revelation that not only does the Canadian gang have direct ties to a well-established crime syndicate headed by ruthless Latino crime lord Roland (Robert La Sardo), but that the disgruntled girlfriend of a noted police informant is looking to exact deadly revenge on Adel for a previous wrongdoing as well.
Reviews by Rotten Tomatoes
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Robert Koehler, Variety
A no-nonsense dramatic response to the LAPD Rampart scandals of the '90s.– Full review
Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
We get it. All of you guys watched the Tarantino movies and you watched the Peckinpah movies. Enough, give us something original.– Full review
Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
This isn't a film made by someone who knows anything about cops. It's a film made by someone who's seen a lot of cop movies.– Full review
Jack Mathews, New York Daily News
The machinations of the plot are so murky as to be not worth following.– Full review
Lou Lumenick, New York Post
The only suspense is how long it's going to take for this movie to finally drag to an end.
Kevin Crust, Los Angeles Times
As good as the leads and the supporting cast are, and as much action as gets packed into the film's relatively brief running time, none of it draws us in dramatically.– Full review
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