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The Mod Squad (1999)

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Three delinquents are recruited by an undercover cop working to bust a drug ring - when that officer is killed, the trio decides to crack the case and prove they are real law officers. With Giovanni Ribisi, Omar Epps.

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Scott Silver

Writers:

Buddy Ruskin (characters), Stephen Kay | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Claire Danes ... Julie
Giovanni Ribisi ... Pete
Omar Epps ... Linc
Dennis Farina ... Greer
Josh Brolin ... Billy
Steve Harris ... Briggs
Richard Jenkins ... Mothershed
Larry Brandenburg ... Eckford
Lionel Mark Smith Lionel Mark Smith ... Lanier
Sam McMurray ... Tricky
Michael O'Neill ... Greene
Stephen Kay ... Bald Dude (as Stephen T. Kay)
Bodhi Elfman ... Gilbert - Skinny Freak (as Bodhi Pine Elfman)
Holmes Osborne ... Mr. Cochrane
Dey Young ... Mrs. Cochrane
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Storyline

Three minor delinquints (Danes, Ribisi, and Epps) are recruited by a cop (Farina) working undercover to bust a cop/drug ring. When the officer who recruited them is killed, they go above and beyond the call of duty to solve the murder; and bust the drug ring. Suffering the jibes, and ridicule of fellow officers; they struggle to save their names, and that of their deceased benefactor. Written by J. D. Keith <jkeith@compunet.net>

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Undercover. See more »

Genres:

Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, violence and some sexuality | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 March 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Brigade spéciale See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,064,716, 28 March 1999

Gross USA:

$13,263,993

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$13,263,993
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Sound Mix:

DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Melissa Joan Hart was considered for the role of Julie Barnes. See more »

Goofs

When Julie Barnes attempted to call Greer, you can clearly see two outlets on the phone receiver; however there is no cord going to the phone. It is an empty phone. See more »

Quotes

Det. Briggs: So you kids are, what? Some kind of mod squad or something?
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References Car Wash (1976) See more »

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Party Is Goin' on Over Here
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Courtesy of Flipmode Entertainment/Elektra Entertainment Group
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Not a terrible film, but not a particularly good one, either...
9 March 2004 | by MovieAddict2016See all my reviews

60s and 70s television show remakes are everywhere. "Charlie's Angels" and "Starsky and Hutch" are just two of the more profitable franchises (the latter of the two bringing in $28 million in its first week). But both of those series tend to have fun with what they're parodying, rather than remaking. "The Mod Squad" is basically just a remake of the show of the same title, minus any real sort of substance and humor, and only a low amount of actual fun. It could have been a blast, but it's just rather mediocre.

Three young delinquents (Claire Danes, Giovanni Ribisi and Omar Epps) are recruited by a cop (Dennis Farina) to infiltrate many various operations (prostitute rings, drug circles) that police could never get into. But after their boss is murdered and they uncover a conspiracy, the three delinquents take it upon themselves to find out the truth behind the crime.

2.5/5 stars.

  • John Ulmer


The plot is pretty weak, even for a 60s TV show remake. "The Mod Squad" ran from 1968 - 1973, with somewhere in the vicinity of 120 episodes. I never saw any, but I can't imagine this film adaptation does the show much justice.

The cast is considerably OK. Danes is quite enthusiastic and pretty enough for her sweet-blonde role, Ribisi is fine as a criminal and Epps is decent enough, too. Farina ("Get Shorty," "Another Stakeout") is a good actor, always very funny, but here his role is completely wasted (literally!) and short on the sort of sly humor that would have been appropriate given the actor behind it.

The dialogue is really corny, and so are the characters' actions. Television shows need not worry about smart dialogue or characters, because they're usually 30 minutes long (sometimes an hour), and we just get "hooked" on what's going on. Can you imagine if a soap opera made its way onto the big screen? It'd completely flop. People watch television shows because they like to see continuous stories with recurring characters they learn to love over a certain time period.

You can't get any joy out of watching a bunch of actors try to grow on you for 90 minutes. If "Alias" had ever started out as a big-screen movie, it might have flopped, because let's face it: the show is not exactly quality material. People watch it because they get hooked on it, and they enjoy watching the stories and the revelations, like an old woman addicted to her "General Hospital" episodes.

So here's proof that if "The Mod Squad" had originally been a movie, there probably would have been no television show. Despite some rather bad word-of-mouth, this movie isn't a terrible one. I've seen much worse, and compared to big-screen disasters like "Freddy Got Fingered," or low-budget ones like "The Blade Master," this is nothing very laughable at all.

But compared to the fun factor of "Charlie's Angels" or "Starsky and Hutch," "The Mod Squad" falls flat on its face. It's not very funny, it's not very fun, and it's not very original. It's a cash-in, which is something Hollywood is not in short supply of right now. If you miss "The Mod Squad," you're not missing anything that hasn't been done before.


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