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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lori Mitchell
Jerome Sweet
Henry Coleman
Mickey Witlin
Lt. Sam Parral
Lowell Harris
Luisa Diaz
Inspector Ben Glass (as Frank McCarthy)
Christine Curren
Ryan McWhorter ...
Ephraim Cain
Skip Markowitz
Maurice Hill ...
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Police Officer Alex Kearney works in a rich, plush suburb of Philadelphia. When he stops an important businessman and his story of the incident is not believed, he is sent to work Downtown, the most dangerous, crime-filled precinct in the city. Everyone there is sure that this 'by the book', pampered, suburban cop is going to get himself, and whoever is assigned as his partner, killed. Detective Dennis Curren, draws the unfortunate 'babysitting' assignment. But when Alex's best friend is killed investigating a stolen car, Alex throws the book out the window tracking down the killer. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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When you pound this beat, it pounds you back.


Action | Comedy | Crime | Drama


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Release Date:

12 January 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Deux flics à Downtown  »

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$2,346,150 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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When White pulls abreast of Alex and Dennis to shoot, he rolls down the window and you hear the sound of a pump shotgun being cycled. White is holding an over/under shotgun which does not make any such sound. See more »


Henry Coleman: A fuck-up. Another goddamn, four-star, class-A fuck-up! Every backward candy-ass shit-for-brains fuck-up in the city, I get 'em. Not Wynnefield, not South Philly, not Germantown, me!
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Referenced in Crazy People (1990) See more »


Written by Brian Wilson
Performed by The Beach Boys
Courtesy of Capitol Records, Inc.
By Arrangement with CEMA Special Markets
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A lost Action-Buddy movie
20 March 2002 | by (Bristol, CT) – See all my reviews

When I first saw the commercials for this movie they looked pretty good. So I actually saw Downtown in the theaters, and damn it, this movie was really entertaining!

Anthony Edwards and Forest Whitaker are unlikely police partners investigating a murder case. Edwards is a fish out of water as he is transferred to an inner city precinct and the wackiness ensues. "Downtown" is a brutally violent, action-comedy/drama, but with a smaller budget than it's predecessors. Whitaker and Edwards do some very good acting. They also pair well, despite the fact that their characters are adversarial. Joe Pantoliano provides us a really creepy villain, who gets a most unique villain death. (Come on, don't sulk! Everyone knows the bad guy gets it in the end!)

Listen up, if you happen to catch this movie at 2:AM on channel 7, you won't see Gibson/Glover at their best, but you will see an excellent substitute.

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