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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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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The Porsche 911 used in the opening scene of the film was lent to the production by director Michael Bay, who was already a successful director of TV commercials and music videos. See more »


When the crooks are breaking into the police evidence locker, they freeze and shatter the padlock, which lets both ends of the chain fall into the locker. In the same sequence, however, hands grasp both ends of the chain and pull it out through the bars as if there were two lengths of chain simply dangling into the locker and attached to the padlock. At the same time, chunks of the "steel" bars break off from the impact of the bolt cutters and the dragging of the chains revealing the bars are made of wood. See more »


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Typically stylish cop flick that is better than the average - 76%
25 October 2005 | by (Hampshire, England) – See all my reviews

I don't know about you but there are two words that I associate with disastrously bad films. Two words that fill my soul with dread and my bowels with fear. And those two words are... "sports drama". Two OTHER words that carry similar feelings are "Martin Lawrence" so to find a film with him in that I like is something of a surprise. "Bad Boys" is as traditional an action-cop film as you can imagine, filled with hot action sequences, fast cars and beautiful women. And Martin Lawrence.

Lawrence is Det. Marcus Burnett, straight-laced family man and partner to Det. Mike Lowrey (Will Smith) who is Burnett's polar opposite. He's a fast-living ladies man with a passion for sports car and when $100 million dollars worth of heroin is stolen from the Miami PD, he and Burnett are put on the case. But in order to trace the drugs, they need to protect murder witness Julie Mott (Téa Leoni) from local hoodlums led by suave gangster Fouchet (Tchéky Karyo).

As you'd expect from a Bruckheimer & Simpson production, this follows a strict mantra of "style over substance" which makes "Bad Boys" feel like an update of another Miami-based cop show "Miami Vice". The suits are sharp, the action is loud and the cars look way beyond the economic means of cops. And despite the characters being way too familiar ("Lethal Weapon", anyone?), Smith and Lawrence bring humour and chemistry to their roles and lift the film beyond your expectations. In truth, this is the sort of film where you switch your brain off and just enjoy it and thanks to Smith and Lawrence, you can do just that. They spark off each other really well, seeing them in good stead for the almost inevitable sequel.

"Bad Boys" is not what you'd call a classic but it is an enjoyable movie that you can enjoy if it's on TV or a rental DVD. Sometimes, you just want to relax in front of something undemanding and while that may sound like criticism, it isn't. The male half of the species will enjoy this much more than their girlfriends (well, she didn't mind it...) but this sort of thing isn't likely to expand your mind that much. Get yourself some popcorn, slouch on the couch and watch the epitome of the blockbuster cop movie.

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