Three cops (Ted Wass, Markie Post, Gary Swanson) become instant millionaires after saving a rich crime victim. They retire from the force and use their money to become flamboyant private ...
See full summary »
Three cops (Ted Wass, Markie Post, Gary Swanson) become instant millionaires after saving a rich crime victim. They retire from the force and use their money to become flamboyant private detectives. They get involved in cases involving the death of an artist, underworld figures, blackmail and a fix on baseball games. Written by
John Sacksteder <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Less Than Lively Pilot Properly Committed To Dustbin.
It will take but little time for a viewer to understand why this laboured venture at creating an action comedy was not seriously considered as a pilot film for a regular television series, despite the inclusion within the cast of three fairly popular TV actors in featured roles, due to the work's handicaps of a substandard screenplay, indifferent direction, and shoddy production values. The plot depicts three former Los Angeles Police Department Detectives, Cole Donovan (Gary Swanson), Elliott Taffle (Ted Wass), and Delia Langtree (Markie Post), prematurely retired as a result of millions of dollars gifted to each by an appreciative citizen as thanks for their solving of a crime committed with their wealthy benefactor as victim, but before long their gold-plated ease is found to bring scant excitement, and the trio have become private investigators, working as a team but also in competition among themselves. They accept only highly unusual cases, their fee a mere dollar, and for this movie the crime garnering their attention is a murder of a renowned artist, but since the slaying is shown to us early on, its solution becomes secondary to ancillary events involving the killer and, even more, the flamboyant lifestyles of the whilom police officers. It is here that the film fails to please, because there is no character development for the three, but rather cartoonish and poorly composed episodes, with Delia being an expert with card tricks, Cole displaying invincible street fighting skills, and Elliott apparently having no skills at all other buying expensive objects with his freshly granted fortune, while several redundant sequences are of the leads addressing the camera in what we might presume are meant to be droll interludes. However, there is no wit to be found here and, since the three featured performers have not a great deal of range in any case, their dialogue is as unattractive as are their poorly scripted parts, and although Director David Greene has contributed strongly when provided with engaging material, this shabbily organized piece offers a surfeit of embarrassingly bad scenes, the highly mannered styles of the main actors simply serving to highlight a poorly developed screenplay that soon dissipates any interest that a viewer might have originally held for it.
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?