Jittery camera moves and a gray-blue palette make it clear that Narc is a gritty police drama in the tradition of The French Connection and Serpico. Jason Patric (Rush, Your Friends & Neighbors) 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 humor 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

DVD Features

  • Available Subtitles: English
  • Available Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Commentary by writer/director Joe Carnahan and editor John Gilroy
  • Narc: Making the Deal
  • Narc: Shooting Up
  • Narc: The Visual Trip
  • The Friedkin Connection


Jason PatricNick Tellis
Alan C. PetersonFreeman Franks
Chi McBrideCaptain Cheevers
Alan Van SprangMichael Calvess
Ray LiottaHenry Oak
Paulino NunesOfficer Ellis Breaves
John OrtizOctavio Ruiz
Anne OpenshawKathryn Calvess
Busta RhymesDarnell 'Big D Love' Beery

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Aug 26, 11 7:41am
original idea where you get super powers from drugs also good story and sense of humor Narc
Mar 29, 09 10:05am
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  • Genre: Drama Movies
  • Director: Joe Carnahan
  • Producer: Paramount
  • Length: 105 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaJan 10, 2003
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaMar 1, 2004
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