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An African-born bicycle cop encounters strange and mysterious situations on his police beat in urban Seattle.


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Credited cast:
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Allan Armstrong ...
Eric Breedlove
Park Visitor
Zack Carlson ...
Heidi Darchuk ...
Comfortable woman
Sarah Harlett
Jake Hart ...
Internal Affairs Agent
Goose Killer
Rachel's Neighbor
Brandon O'Neill ...
Lonely Housebreaker
Elijah Ostrow ...
Homeless Boy
Anna Oxygen


Police Beat is a highly unconventional crime film in which the protagonist Z is so preoccupied with his possibly unfaithful girlfriend that he never once acknowledges criminal world that swirls around him. The crimes Z encounters become mirrors of the his turbulent inner state, allowing him to philosophize about his unstable romantic relationship as well as his own development as an emotional being. While Z's regular interactions are in English, his thoughts ­ the film's narration ­ are in his native Wolof, the primary language of West Africa. In this way, Police Beat is an unusual portrait of an immigrant new to the United States that focuses less on the protagonist's socio-economic difficulties than on his emotional responses to American life. Written by Devor/Mudede

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Release Date:

8 September 2006 (South Korea)  »

Also Known As:

Cascadia  »

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$500,000 (estimated)

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2.35 : 1
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Wolof (the language spoken in the narration) is the native language of Senegal, but is also spoken widely in parts of Mali, the Gambia, Cote d'Ivoire, and Mauritania. See more »


Featured in 2006 Independent Spirit Awards (2006) See more »

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Excellent dark comedy from the 206
21 June 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have serious doubts as to if the first reviewer has actually seen this film, or if he is just a disgruntled extra. As I am writing this, the film has only been showed twice.

The film is absolutely hilarious, especially with the some of satire of Seattle opinion. The Bike Cop once types in his computer how he "confronted the tree" then backspace's, and enters "rude tree". I almost fell out of my seat with this scene.

Everything about this film is original. The plot, the cast, the protagonist (Muslim-African Bike Cop?), cinematography, etc. It's truly refreshing to see such an inventive type film come from Seattle.

The entire crowd at the first showing of this film at Seattle International Film Festival loved the film, and I have to assume, the first reviewer has some sort of a "beef" with the director.

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