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Bad Boys (1995)

Two hip detectives protect a murder witness while investigating a case of stolen heroin.

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Fouchet (as Tcheky Karyo)
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James Burnett
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Storyline

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

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7 April 1995 (USA)  »

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Bulletproof Hearts  »

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Budget:

$19,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£843,940 (UK) (16 June 1995)

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$65,807,024 (USA)
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Trivia

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 fifteen 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 »

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When Julie is pointing the gun at Noah's picture on the computer screen, the file says (in the lower right corner) "CAUTION: Wanted, $ 18.000 Reward, Armed and Dangerous". In the next scene Marcus and Mike reach Club Hell and within their conversation before entering, Mike mentions, Noah's file says, he is on parole and works at the club. See more »

Quotes

Marcus Burnett: You see what happens when you go off without me? You get into shit.
Mike Lowrey: Oh please, like shit don't happen when you're there.
Marcus Burnett: That - that ain't the point...
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Someone to Love
Written and Produced by Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds (as Babyface)
Performed by Jon B. featuring Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds (as Babyface)
Jon B. courtesy of Yab Yum Records/Sony 550 Music
Babyface courtesy of Epic Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Michael Bay: The Next Big Thing

I had no high hopes when I walked into this film. I like Will Smith, I like Martin Lawrence, so I figured this film will at least be funny. And it was funny, and then some. It was action packed, thrilling and a helluva good time. I came out of the theatre thinking that the guy who directed that movie is going to be huge.

Michael Bay, former music video and commercial director, has made an incredible directorial debut. The film never stops. When it isn't action-packed, it is funny. It is sexy, fun and always moving. Christian Wagner's editing is phenomenal. I love action movies that really try to be action movies. A lot of action films know that they are action films so they try to incorporate other genres to make the film more complete, but they often fail miserably. They try so hard to be something they are not that they forget what they are in the first place. The essence of the action film is the action. It is a necessary component, it needs to be there otherwise it loses its edge. "Bad Boys" doesn't just throw in the occassional action sequence to meet the expectations of the genre, but instead uses the action to help tell the story. It is this use of filmmaking that allows an action film to remain an action film and still go beyond.

Watch "Bad Boys" again and every time there is an action sequence, ask yourself why that was there and what did it accomplish. You will find that each sequence took the film to another level; it introduced an new conflict, it increased the present conflict, it eliminated a key character, it introduced a new character, and so on. There are a lot of action films out there that sacrifice story for spectacle, and the audience notices this. At the centre of all films lies the story and if it comes to a halt so does the interest of the viewers.

"Bad Boys" of course isn't the greatest story on film, or even in the action genre, but what is so appealing and memorable about "Bad Boys" is that it is just as entertaining with its story as it is with its action by combining the two without sacrificing either. Michael Bay understands the importance of the story within the structure of the film. He tells a visual story, entertaining and complete, and leaves you very satisfied. Watch for Michael Bay because he is here to stay.


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