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July 15 2017 Drama Movies Newsletter

"Before I did "Narc", I hadn't worked in three years. I just didn't find things I wanted to do. I had just produced "Your Friends & Neighbors" (1998), which was exhausting and good, and I didn't find anything worth working on for three years. That's suicide in this business because you have to remain in the forefront of people's minds and certainly on-screen, but I didn't care about that. Early, the movies I was interested in, people's work is what propelled their career. That has changed vastly, immeasurably. It started to change when I started and now it absolutely makes no sense of difference, whatsoever. Doesn't matter if you have talent." Actor Jason Patric

I watched "Narc" when it was first released and came across it again when I was channel surfing, a few weeks ago. "Narc", however, is definitely not the kind of film you want to watch on commercial television. The ads ruin the excellent editing and pace and because "Narc" is rated R, it has to be cut significantly for TV. So, I picked up a DVD copy and was not disappointed by what I saw. I looked at the box office stats for 2003, the year "Narc" was released. The top ten list included action sequels and animated fare from Disney, not a single drama. The highest ranking drama on the list was "Seabiscuit", at number seventeen.

Jason Patric, as evidenced by the quote above, has never been interested in celebrity or box office draw. He has, like most American actors, played his share of policemen, though. It was just announced that he joined the cast of "In the Absence of Good Men", a movie set in Prohibition-era Chicago. Patric will play a detective on the trail of Al Capone. He plays a detective in "Narc", and also in one of his earlier films, "Rush" (1992).

"Rush" was the feature film debut of Lili Fini Zanuck and the soundtrack was composed by Eric Clapton. His music overshadowed the film, and the theme song "Tears in Heaven" won three Grammy Awards for Clapton. Zanuck continued her career as a producer but only sporadically directs. She must have had a good working relationship with Clapton because Zanuck is currently finishing a documentary on the musician that she directs. Titled "Eric Clapton: A Life in 12 Bars", it will be distributed by Showtime Documentary Films. Look for it in theaters at the end of 2017 and on television in 2018.

Here's the latest article from the Drama Movies site at BellaOnline.com.

Narc Film Review
Ray Liotta and Jason Patric star as emotionally troubled police officers investigating drug-related crime in Detroit. "Narc" features outstanding performances and an unflinching depiction of life on the streets.


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