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Investigator Fujitsuka Natsuo
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Detective Tony Costas
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Philip Madras
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Scully
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Shortcut
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Lieutenant Ryerson
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Dingman
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Derek Jarryd
Danny Kamekona ...
Oshima
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Kitao
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Kosnic
Jack Poggi ...
Mac
Hamadi Izzard ...
Tenement Kid
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Tenement Man
Kevin Hagan ...
Cop, Junkyard
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Tony Costas, a brash, obnoxious, sexist and racist Detroit cop who has long since stopped following the rules, gets told that he will have to work with Inspector Fuji, a straightlaced policeman from Japan. Fuji is in Detroit searching for a Japanese engineer who has gone to America with plans for a top secret car part. The pair naturally fail to get along at first, but as the investigation continues, they almost begin to come close to tolerating each other's presence. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Not So Much A Lethal Weapon, More Of A Liability! See more »


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27 April 1989 (West Germany)  »

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Batendo De Frente  »

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$13,000,000 (estimated)
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When Steve Martin appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992) in 2005, he played "Name That Clip." Leno was supposed to differentiate clips from Martin's two new movies, Shopgirl (2005) and _Cheaper by the Dozen 2_ (2005), with Martin taking $20 from Leno if he got one wrong. The last clip played was from this movie, which Leno immediately said was "a horrible movie." Martin said Leno was right, but he would still lose $20 for making it. See more »

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When Natsuo runs out of the hotel room, the camera's shadow falls on him. See more »

Quotes

Investigator Fujitsuka Natsuo: You know your problem? You need a wife.
[Costas grabs Natsuo and holds him on his lap]
Detective Tony Costas: A wife? Hey, I just think we oughtta live together for a while first.
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Features The Untouchables (1959) See more »

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CAN YOU FEEL THE FRICTION
Written by David Taylor, Norma Jean Bell and Arnell Carmichael
Performed by Norma Jean Bell
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Like a cop buddy movie, but good...
12 October 2001 | by (Grand Forks, USA) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie recently. 2 hours later, my head still hurt from laughing. The plot was soo awful, the jokes were soo bad, but what I didn't count on were:

1. the 2 scenes before and after the movie that had Pat and Jay posing (that caused more than enough laughter)

2. The kick through the windshield that decapitated the evil-doer.

This movie is about 20 times better than the Rush Hour series, and my copy even came with a disclamer saying if you didn't like the movie, send certificate to HBO. While I considered it, the date you had to send it in was January 1991 (which also caused wackiness to ensue).


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