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Armed and Dangerous (1986)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Comedy, Crime  |  15 August 1986 (USA)
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A fired cop and useless lawyer sign up as security guards and find they've joined a corrupt union.

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Butcher
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Storyline

Dooley, a cop wrongly sacked for corruption, teams up with a useless defense lawyer in their new careers... as security guards. When the two are made fall guys for a robbery at a location they are guarding, the pair begin to investigate corruption within the company and their union. They soon make enemies of everyone, but can the unlikely duo save the day ? Written by Rob Hartill

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Undercover. Overdressed. And keeping you safe from the scum of the earth

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Action | Comedy | Crime

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15 August 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Armados y peligrosos  »

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Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$15,945,534 (USA)
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When John Candy and Eugene Levy's characters arrive at the warehouse for work, Tony Lister's character gives them two Detex time clocks. These are commonly used in the security industry to show a security guard actually walked their "rounds" while on duty. How it works is the guard carries this clock while walking around the location they're protecting. They punch the clock with small keys, which are hanging at different locations around the protected site. Each key is numbered corresponding to the certain location, and when it's put into the clock the guard is carrying it literally punches the key number onto a small piece of paper inside the clock. This will show when and where the guard was at during their security rounds. See more »

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Norman Kane: That's it? Just like that, huh?
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I NEED YOU
Written by Priscilla J. Coolidge, William Smith and Mary Unobsky
Produced by Maurice White
Co-produced by Robbie Buchanan
Performed by Maurice White
Courtesy of CBS Records
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An instant classic, underrated.
20 October 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

While most reviews describe this movie as 'just an average comedy', even at this, Armed and Dangerous is a laugh and a half. It's charming, fast-paced, and furthermore, I adored Candy and Levy's interactions on-screen. One minute, they're ragging on each other, the next, they're the best of friends.

The movie also has, though almost impossible to find a copy of, an excellent soundtrack, including "Armed and Dangerous" by Atlantic Starr, and, of course, half a dozen or so other popular 80s hits. With that, the movie is also on DVD, and while it doesn't have much in the way of extras, it does include anamorphic widescreen with Dolby Stereo 2.0 Surround Sound.

Possibly the only complaint one could make we might all agree on was that it was just too short. At just under an hour and a half, as endearing as each minute is, the film does leave much to be desired.

All in all, Armed and Dangerous is a mid-80s classic well-worth watching. It's the perfect blend of action and comedy, and SCTV fans will find that it's no flop for either Candy or Levy; even as the script is considered by some to be lacking, both hide it well.


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