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Downtown (1990)

R  |   |  Action, Comedy, Crime  |  12 January 1990 (USA)
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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,... See full summary »

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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.

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When White pulls up to them on the freeway to shoot Dennis, the passenger side window is down, but during the shot where he pulls abreast of them to open fire, he rolls the passenger window down. See more »

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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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Cop out of water, big time.
27 August 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Police Officer Alex Kearney is a keen, by the book cop who's happy with his beat in a nice part of Philadelphia. Unfortunately his adherence to the rules lands him in trouble with his chiefs after he tries to arrest an an important businessman with long standing police connections. When his side of the story is not believed, he is given the choice of suspension or a transfer downtown. Choosing the transfer, Kearney isn't quite prepared for how dangerous and crime filled downtown is. Worse still, his new tough no nonsense partner positively hates him!

It's churlish to suggest that Downtown is merely a cash in of the buddy buddy inter racial cop movies, that, as we know, were made viable entertaining fare by the likes of Lethal Weapon and Beverly Hills Cop. Starring Forest Whitaker (Dennis Curren) and Anthony Edwards {Alex Kearney}, Downtown is as much about a fish out of water scenario than it is polar opposite cops working together. With both things dovetailing together to create an engaging actioner that's worth the time of those who are stuck for a rental one evening. Suffering a touch in the last finale due to the inevitable mawkish character strand, IE:just why is Curren so miserable and mean,? while a stronger villain than David Clennon's barely grumpy Jerome Sweet would have helped enormously. But with some genuinely funny sequences, and some well staged action set pieces, Downtown achieves most of the requisites set down for the action/comedy genre. Nice support comes from Joe Pantoliano as a bizarre looking hit-man and Penelope Ann Miller as Kearney's fraught girlfriend, Lori Mitchell. 6.5/10


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