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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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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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Did You Know?


Director Michael Bay didn't like the script and often engaged Will Smith and Martin Lawrence in discussions about how the dialogue and scenes could improve. He often allowed them to improvise while the camera were rolling. He secretly told Will to call Lawrence a bitch before the car-scene. The whole "two bitches in the sea" was improvised, as was Martin's comment when Téa Leoni called him gay. See more »


In the chase scene where the criminals kidnap Julie from Collins Park, they steal a taxi cab. Right after Marcus jumps on top of the cab, you can clearly see a sparkler behind the front fender. This is probably a special effect to simulate sparks from the car bottoming out. See more »


Mike Lowrey: [Howard is yelling at Burnett for having a shootout outside a hotel] I haven't killed anyone today, yet, Captain...
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The Best Buddy - Cop Film....
19 March 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is the best Buddy - Cop Film to me, although only two it seems to have a variety of different moods like others sequels. The second one Is the LETHAL WEAPON Series and the RUSH HOUR Films come in at a good third.

Mike Lowrey(Will Smith) and Marcus Burnett(Martin Lawrence) are your average buddy cops, you know one's married and the other is a player, but one thing they have in common is their bad altitudes for solving cases and a lot of body bags. When one million dollars in heroin has been stolen by a evil Frenchman named Noah(Tcheky Karyo)in their prescient, a close friend of Mike dies and the only witness is named Julie(Tea Leoni). The boys get set to handle this case with some very violent and hilarious outcomes.

Now this movie has one of the best introduction to the main roles ever. The action scenes are greatly handled and never blown out of proportion. The acting is top notch and Martin and Will have what I think is their best roles to date. Michael Bay may have also delivered he's best film, next to CON AIR. Now part II is also great, not better, but funnier.

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