R | | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A conservative judge is appointed by the President to spearhead America's escalating war against drugs, only to discover that his teenage daughter is a crack addict. Two DEA agents protect an informant. A jailed drug baron's wife attempts to carry on the family business.
Writer Stephen Gaghan originally planned to set the Wakefield family storylines in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. During his research, he determined that Cincinnati's bad neighborhoods looked worse than Louisville's, and would serve the finished film better, so he moved the Wakefields' stories to Ohio.
Last night I had an ugly nightmare.
Manolo Sanchez: Oh yeah? What happened, man?
The accents of the supposedly "Mexican" characters are clearly not Mexican. This is pretty distinctive to any Spanish native.
F****d up Bowman: Corey Spears
The Criterion Collection DVD is presented in 1.85:1, whilst the Criterion Blu-ray is presented in 1.78:1. According to the Blu-ray insert, the latter is the director's preferred ratio.
$15,517,549 (USA) (5 January 2001)