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DVD cover
Directed by Lili Fini Zanuck
Produced by Gary Daigler
Richard D. Zanuck
Written by Kim Wozencraft (book)
Pete Dexter (screenplay)
Starring Jason Patric
Jennifer Jason Leigh
Sam Elliott
Music by Eric Clapton
Cinematography Kenneth MacMillan
Editing by Mark Warner
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date(s) United States:
December 22, 1991
Running time 120 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Rush is a 1991 American crime drama film, based on a novel written by Kim Wozencraft. An experienced narcotics detective and his inexperienced partner go after an elusive drug dealer. They become drug addicts themselves and, failing to get the evidence they need, are forced to use falsified evidence.



Seasoned undercover narcotics police officer Jim Raynor (Jason Patric) must choose a new partner for his next assignment. He chooses the "wet-behind-the-ears" Kristen Cates (Jennifer Jason Leigh). Together they are looking to bring down the so-far untouchable Gaines (Gregg Allman).

As they get deeper and deeper undercover, they become addicted to the same heroin they're trying to keep off the street. They also fall in love, further complicating their assignment. Lacking real evidence, they are forced to create false evidence in order to get a conviction. Raynor is murdered by an unseen hitman, and at Gaines' trial, just as Kristen is asked deliver a key piece of testimony, Gaines reveals that he was either the unseen hitman or is in direct contact with him by tracing his own face with two fingers the exact way the two barrels of the killer's shotgun traced hers. She immediately recants her grand jury testimony freeing Gaines. Gaines is later murdered by an unseen assassin who we assume is officer Cates.



Eric Clapton's Grammy-winning song "Tears in Heaven" is featured in the film. Clapton wrote the entire film's soundtrack, which is entirely instrumental, except for "Tears in Heaven", Jimi Hendrix's "All Along the Watchtower", Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Free Bird" and "Help Me Up", Buddy Guy's "Don't Know Which Way to Go", Freddy Fender's "Before the Next Teardrop Falls", Robin Trower's "Bridge of Sighs",The Ohio Players' "Love Rollercoaster", and Johnny Winter's "Rock and Roll Hoochie Koo"

Factual basis

Rush is based on the infamous Tyler, Texas drug scandal of the late 1970's, when two police undercover officers (Wozencraft and her partner, later her husband) were brought in from the Plano Police Department and were assigned to break up a huge smuggling ring that was suspected to be run by a Tyler club owner by the name of Bora. Most of what happens in the movie happened in real life, from the addiction getting out of control to the use of planted evidence. However, the movie never explored the role of U.S. Assistant Attorney Kelly Ireland and how he found out about the problem from a casual conversation with a Texas Ranger at a meeting in Fort Worth, and how he pursued it at great cost to his own career and life. But, even though that is left out, the movie reflects what really happened - the Tyler PD being torn in two between the officers who thought what they did was necessary and those who thought what they did was inexcusable, and the same divisions within the community. Kim Wozencraft ran into Kelly Ireland on an airplane many years later and asked forgiveness, which he readily gave, and a recommendation, which he would never give after what she did. They were both sentenced to prison, being released in 1983, and then placed in witness protection. Bora, the club owner, was finally released from prison on his sentence from the tainted charges brought by the two detectives, and did not get killed, as the club owner in the movie does.

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