A cop masquerades as a high school student in order to find those responsible for the death of his friend in this 1987 thriller.
David Neidorf (Platoon, Best Shot aka Hoosiers) is Detective Sheffield Hauser who along with female cop Laroux (Jennifer Jason Leigh) infiltrate the high school drug scene.
Things take a surprising turn when evidence points to a baseball team member that Hauser has befriended. Is he responsible for the other cop’s death?
Following an excellent showing in Best Shot (UK title for Hoosiers) and a brief but noteworthy appearance in Platoon, Neidorf takes the lead in this Golan-Globus production. What he lacks in charisma he makes up for in charm as he easily falls into the role of awkward teenager despite his appearance.
“How many high school students do you know that are bearded and balding?” yells his LT at the initial suggestion of the assignment.
Jennifer Jason Leigh (Single White Female) also puts in a competent turn as Hauser’s undercover partner.
After a string of TV shows and movies Neidorf quit acting altogether in 1995 making this a one-off. I had fond memories of it from back in the day and it still works reasonably well today. Neidorf is very watchable and the dependable Barry Corbin (No Country For Old Men) also turns up as the local Sheriff.
Under Cover is showing on TCM in the UK now.
Ric’s Rating: Good.