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Bad Boys (1995)

R  |   |  Action, Comedy, Crime  |  7 April 1995 (USA)
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Two hip detectives protect a murder witness while investigating a case of stolen heroin.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lisa Boyle ...
Girl Decoy
Eddie Dominguez
Fouchet (as Tcheky Karyo)
Noah Trafficante
Ralph Gonzalez ...
Vic Manni ...
Mike Kirton ...
Will Knickerbocker ...
Officer Bill O'Fee
Tiffany Samuels ...
Cory Hodges ...
James Burnett


Marcus Burnett is a hen-pecked family man. Mike Lowry is a foot-loose and fancy free ladies' man. Both are Miami policemen, and both have 72 hours to reclaim a consignment of drugs stolen from under their station's nose. To complicate matters, in order to get the assistance of the sole witness to a murder, they have to pretend to be each other. Written by James Hastie <jdh1000@cus.cam.ac.uk>

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drugs | murder | heroin | police | witness | See All (176) »


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Rated R for intense violent action and pervasive strong language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

7 April 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bulletproof Hearts  »

Box Office


$19,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£843,940 (UK) (16 June 1995)


£4,734,434 (UK) (11 August 1995)

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1.85 : 1
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According to Michael Bay on the DVD commentary, he had a fight with Will Smith over the ending. Three days before they shot the ending, Will agreed that he would say "I love you" to Martin Lawrence. The day they were about to shoot the ending, Will changed his mind and didn't want to say it. Michael Bay fought with Will for over a couple of hours about why he should say it. By the end of the fight, in complete frustration, Michael told Will that he didn't care anymore because he only had about 15 minutes to shoot the ending by this time or he didn't have an ending (he wasn't given additional days at the time of filming). When the scene was shot, Will finally says "I love you" to Martin. That shot appears in the final cut. See more »


After Marcus takes the bat away from Julie and is telling her the hit men are coming to get her, the bat is in his hand. In the next shot, it's lying on the floor by her leg, and then Marcus asks for the back door and throws the bat down. See more »


Captain Howard: Until then, until then, you are Mike Lowrey, you be him, that's what you are, you're him.
Marcus Burnett: But I-...
Captain Howard: You're him, I don't wanna hear it, you're him. And you, you're you, you be you, but not in front of her. You're him, you're you.
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Written and Performed by Ini Kamoze
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Additional Production and Remix by Handel Tucker
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Pretty entertaining buddy comedy
25 July 2004 | by (Denmark) – See all my reviews

The 'buddy comedy' genre is fairly well-known, there have been plenty of them, all of them primarily based on the basic idea of having two main characters who are, well, buddies; they act like friends to each other, they get in fights, they help each other out, they compliment each other. It's a fairly easy genre to master, and an easy way to make a good movie. This is one of the best examples, since Smith and Lawrence really do compliment each other so well; Smith's the sleek, cool one who is popular with the ladies, while Lawrence is often nervous, and pretty much a direct opposite of Smith. They have pretty good on-screen chemistry, too; you believe that these are good friends and partners. My only real problem with the film is the way the comedy almost all is generated by stereotypes, and, worse, the age-old complications that arise from certain situations. I think that's a little unoriginal, but, hey, that's the only complaint about it, and the film does have some very entertaining comedy parts. The plot is pretty good, it keeps the film going and supplies every single scene with comedy, action, or both. It takes off immediately, and keeps a good pace throughout the 2 hour duration. The acting is all pretty good. The characters are well-written, well, for stereotypes at least(because, lets face it; they are). The comedy is well-done and often made me laugh out loud, and, believe me, I am not, in any way, shape or form, a Will Smith fan. The action was well-done too, intense and exciting. The film, all in all, was pretty good, very entertaining. For a buddy comedy, it's good. For an action comedy, it's good too. I recommend it to all fans of action comedies, and buddy comedies. 7/10

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