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Denzel Washington delivers an Academy Award-winning performance opposite Ethan Hawke in this gritty drama set in the morally ambiguous world of undercover police work. Every day a war rages between drug dealers and cops on the streets of America's inner cities. With every war come casualties, none greater than 13-year veteran Los Angeles narcotics officer Alonzo Harris (Washington), whose questionable methods blur the line between legal and corrupt. Today Alonzo gets a new partner, idealistic rookie Jake Hoyt (Hawke), and Jake has one day--and one day only--to prove his mettle to his fiercely charismatic superior. Over 24 hours, Jake will be dragged into the ethical mire of Alonzo's logic as both men risk their careers and their lives to serve conflicting notions of justice.
Rotten Tomatoes® Score
Critics Consensus: The ending may be less than satisfying, but Denzel Washington reminds us why he's such a great actor in this taut and brutal police drama.
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Common Sense Says
Great performances, but for adults only.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this movie is a very strong R, with extremely rough language (including the "N" word and anti-gay slurs), graphic violence (including the murder of major characters), drug use, brief nudity, and sexual references.
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- Release Date:October 5, 2001
- Audio Format:5.1
- Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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