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Narc (2003)

Ray Liotta , Jason Patric , Joe Carnahan  |  R |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (242 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ray Liotta, Jason Patric, Chi McBride, Dan Leis, Lloyd Adams
  • Directors: Joe Carnahan
  • Writers: Joe Carnahan
  • Producers: Adam M. Stone, Andy Emilio, Brian R. Keathley, Michael Z. Gordon, David Glasser
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: June 17, 2003
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (242 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008YJDK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,335 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Narc" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Commentary by writer/director Joe Carnahan and editor John Gilroy
  • Narc: Making the Deal
  • Narc: Shooting Up
  • Narc: The Visual Trip
  • The Friedkin Connection

Editorial Reviews

NARC tells the story of suspended undercover narcotics officer, Nick Tellis (Patric), who is reluctantly drawn back onto the force to find the truth behind the murder of a young police officer killed in the line of duty. He is teamed with Henry Oak (Liotta), the slain officer’s partner, a rogue cop who will stop at nothing to avenge his friend’s death. As Tellis and Oak unravel the case, the dark underbelly of the narcotics world reveals itself in surprising ways that are more twisted than either officer has ever seen before -- and the mystery threatens to destroy them both.

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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Electrifying, spectacular, a "future" classic... June 26, 2003
"Narc" is one of those films almost everyone missed in theaters - and yet - through the magic of video, is destined to join the short list of the greatest crime thrillers ever made.
Because its plot has been previously discussed so wonderfully by other Amazon reviewers, I won't add anything more beyond saying writer-director Joe Carnahan has crafted one of the most taut and wrenching screenplays in recent memory, complete with a shocking ending that has you sighing in amazement.
You think you've seen everything in cop thrillers, and in many respects, you have indeed with "Narc." Yes, this is a story about two tarnished cops.
But what's compelling and different are the spectacular, wondrous performances by Ray Liotta, Jason Patric and the entire supporting cast.
Everyone associated with this production (who reportedly worked for near nothing), should feel proud of their efforts. You never get the feeling "Narc" is a low-budget picture. It feels like a big studio film, with one huge difference. Instead of a conventional and commercial narrative with everything tied at the end, you get something more believable.
Without giving away the ending, which initially feels baffling - when you think about it some more, you come away knowing that a legacy associated with a "horrifying yet humane" secret buried by one cop for puzzling reasons - is inherited with greater clarity - by the other cop for eternity.
Hands down, this is a film driven by fabulous performances, a complex script and a free-wheeling, dangerous atmosphere offering the grittiness of the best crime films made during the 1970s. If you like films like "The French Connection," "Dog Day Afternoon," and "Serpico" - or more recently - films like "Goodfellas," "Casino" and "Training Day," you will love "Narc.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Narc is perhaps one the most original, exciting and gritty movies on police corruption since Serpico. If you're looking for a no nonsense movie filled with plot twists, great acting, and suspense this movie is for you. Hands down, the cast was amazing and believable. I am happy that Ray Liotta selected this project because he hasn't been this good in a movie since the Goodfellas! You will leave the movie shaken as if Ray was yelling down your throat. I am also thankful that Jason Patric(who is a underrated actor)decided to stop taking useless roles such as Speed 2 Cruise Control and instead took on a role where he could show the movie audience his intelligence and rising star. Joe Carnahan also had a lot to prove as he did shed his Tarantino-wannabe style from his first movie. Other movies in the police corruption genre such as Training Day were lead by great actors as well, yet their big budget did ruin its authenticity. However even with a very small budget, Carnahan was still able to make a very authentic slick piece of filmaking. Narc was dark and gritty in many ways such as its violence. The violence was strong and brutal especially in the jaw dropping opening scene and the unforgettable ending, so do take that under consideration before taking young children into the picture. This film is a true gem, it's indeed a film worth driving to select theatres to see it, you will love it.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing depth.....grabs you from the second it starts January 27, 2005
this film was COMPLETELY overlooked by any of the major film institutions in terms of the awards that it rightfully deserved. every single performance in the film was on par...even the archetypal junkies and police chief that arent in the film for more than a half an hour a piece. the direction was well as the writing, and its no surprise that one man did both. Some may say that this director tried too hard at showing off his many styles of filming a scene (shaky camera's, blue lenses, etc)...but really, each technique was fitting to each situation.

I know that the production of the film was almost the reason for its downfall, due to a lack of steady pay for the cast and crew memebers, but thank whoever it is that you thank in these situations that this film didnt crumble in the end. Luckily alot of different people jumped on board after its unveling at Sundance (Tom Cruise, Ray Liotta actually produced it as well as act the role of a main character)
Let me just say this....don't even think for one second that this is a nice, campy, predictalbe, standard cop film where they wrap it up in the end......this is so much more than that. this movie is struggle, it's regret, the persuit of purity, and so, so much more. if it wasn't for the slapped-on label of a Paramount Picture, this is pure art. If this film did well in the box offices, its was simply because of the power and rawness of the film, and not over-marketing or late-night promos for 2 weeks straight on letterman, leno, and o-brian. OWN THIS AND CRY.....maybe not from joy, either.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Movies of 2003 June 29, 2003
Being down this territory of gritty police dramas countless times("French Connection", "Training Day", "Manhunter", etc.), the thing that struck me about "Narc" is that I didn't care about that fact. In the film's shocking opening sequence, we see narcotics officer Nick Tellis (Jason Patric) involved a tragic turn of events that leaves him suspended from duty. So its surprising to him when over a year later, he's asked to look into the murder of another narcotics officer that has went cold. He ends up being partnered with that officers' partner, Henry Oak (played to perfection by Ray Liotta) and sent on a trail of addicts and dealers to solve the crime. But in the end, how far are they willing to go for the truth, and what will it truly cost both of them? Both Patric and Liotta are incredible in the portryal of men who have suffered great pain, and are tortured by it constantly. The visuals in this movie are solid and often range from the creative (a stunning split-screen montage of interogations) to the simple (a extended monologue involving Oak and his past shot through a highly relfective car window). "Narc" ulitmately ends like it should: with no easy answers, and no assurances to anyone's true fate after the final, shocking revealation. It's truly an incredible movie, and among my favorites this year. Highly Recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible work by Jason Patric and Ray Liotta. Apparently ...
Incredible work by Jason Patric and Ray Liotta. Apparently they did not receive any salary for making this film which says so much about their generosity as human beings. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Randa
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best cop related movies
I am surprised how good the writing is for this movie. Honestly, I am not a big fan of this genre, and watch them only as an excuse to have junk food while watching. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Kafishna
5.0 out of 5 stars Legit ending.
The overall plot is something you might expect, but I did not see the ending coming at all. This is a great, tough, action packed movie.
Published 15 days ago by Belli
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie.
Much better than a lot of blockbusters of this genre, great acting, intriguing plot, keeps you guessing until the end.
Published 16 days ago by Satisfied customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Moves faster than a speeding bullet
Under over cop and partner Liotta who chews up the screen. Their mission is to find the killer of Liotta's former partner But things don't turn out the way you might expect. Read more
Published 17 days ago by TONY F. L.A.
2.0 out of 5 stars It's okay to watch.
okay movie to watch one of those days you don't have anything else to do. For being a cop movie, is not that great, but it is entertaining.
Published 17 days ago by Michael
3.0 out of 5 stars Good movie
Great movie about police process and emotional tolls it takes on them probably a true life story. It is a good product and a movie to watch.
Published 17 days ago by moshe roditi
4.0 out of 5 stars ACTION MOVIES ARE BEST
Published 21 days ago by Paul Dohrn
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth watching when your bored.
Good shoot um up show.
When you cant find something you want to watch, this will work.
Good to kill some time
Published 25 days ago by rademan
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth 10 Stars!
13 yrs later (2014) & this movie is still a good watch. Makes you want more. Wish Jason Patrick and Ray.Liotta team up again for a high drama action pack film.again... Read more
Published 27 days ago by RV
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