Hot Stuff (1979)

PG  |   |  Comedy  |  4 January 1980 (Portugal)
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Three cops try to set up a sting by establishing their own Fencing operation. They have less than complete support from above and as they begin mingling more and more with the underworld ... See full summary »


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Three cops try to set up a sting by establishing their own Fencing operation. They have less than complete support from above and as they begin mingling more and more with the underworld elements decide to finance the operation through re-selling some of the proceeds. Written by John Vogel <>

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You can't turn this mob over to the cops. They _are_ the cops.




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4 January 1980 (Portugal)  »

Also Known As:

A Roubar é Que a Gente se Entende  »

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Out of 643 arrests, the number of convictions the Miami police burglary task force had achieved was a paltry 26. The number of convictions they got in the big bust at the end of the movie was 101 out of 197 arrests. See more »


When the 78 or 79 Trans am explodes, it is replaced with a early model Camaro 70 to 73 for the destroyed car. See more »


Doug: Ernie, you want a doughnut?
Ernie: I'd rather have the money instead!
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Referenced in Police Academy 6: City Under Siege (1989) See more »


Hot Stuff
Produced, Composed and Performed by Jerry Reed
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A Classic Action-Comedy!!!
29 May 2002 | by (Bristol, CT) – See all my reviews

Directed by and starring Dom Deluise, the story it tells actually was way ahead of its time and based loosely on fact. A group of cops begin a stolen goods sting by "purchasing" the items, and using videotape as evidence against the "sellers". The movie provides a good look at what extremes the police will do to get the bad guy. There are even worse hazards than the thieves, such as the mafia getting involved and a corrupt cop blackmailing them.

The rest of the ensemble cast includes Jerry Reed, Luis Avalos, Ossie Davis (watch for his "black Godfather"), and Suzanne Pleshette, and their excellent acting proves that they are as good as the bigger Hollywood folks. However, it is really Deluise who shines through, with charm, wit and very funny lines, including a running joke about his retirement as a police officer. The random folks who walk into the "trade store" are also funny, and good actors. A few standouts: Deluise "samples" some marijuana, a gun sting resulting in a hilarious but exciting shootout, the climactic brawl that is funny, well choreographed and has an incredible payoff.

This particular movie is underrated and especially overlooked. As a little kid I always watched it a lot on HBO, so I was hooked. I like big budget, modern action-comedies, but the creators of "Showtime" (2002) should have taken a lesson from "Hot Stuff". See it!

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