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Downtown (1990)

Police Officer Alex Kearney works in a rich, plush suburb of Philadelphia. When he stops an important businessman and his story of the incident is not believed, he is sent to work Downtown,... See full summary »

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Nat Mauldin
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony Edwards ... Alex Kearney
Forest Whitaker ... Dennis Curren
Penelope Ann Miller ... Lori Mitchell
Joe Pantoliano ... White
David Clennon ... Jerome Sweet
Art Evans ... Henry Coleman
Rick Aiello ... Mickey Witlin
Roger Aaron Brown ... Lt. Sam Parral
Ron Canada ... Lowell Harris
Wanda De Jesus ... Luisa Diaz
Francis X. McCarthy ... Inspector Ben Glass (as Frank McCarthy)
Kimberly Scott ... Christine Curren
Ryan McWhorter Ryan McWhorter ... Ephraim Cain
Danuel Pipoly ... Skip Markowitz
Maurice Hill Maurice Hill ... Man with Dog
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Storyline

Police Officer Alex Kearney works in a rich, plush suburb of Philadelphia. When he stops an important businessman and his story of the incident is not believed, he is sent to work Downtown, the most dangerous, crime-filled precinct in the city. Everyone there is sure that this 'by the book', pampered, suburban cop is going to get himself, and whoever is assigned as his partner, killed. Detective Dennis Curren, draws the unfortunate 'babysitting' assignment. But when Alex's best friend is killed investigating a stolen car, Alex throws the book out the window tracking down the killer. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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Taglines:

When you pound this beat, it pounds you back.

Genres:

Action | Comedy | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 January 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Deux flics à Downtown See more »

Filming Locations:

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$2,346,150
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The First Film Of The 1990s. See more »

Goofs

When White pulls abreast of Alex and Dennis to shoot, he rolls down the window and you hear the sound of a pump shotgun being cycled. White is holding an over/under shotgun which does not make any such sound. See more »

Quotes

Henry Coleman: A fuck-up. Another goddamn, four-star, class-A fuck-up! Every backward candy-ass shit-for-brains fuck-up in the city, I get 'em. Not Wynnefield, not South Philly, not Germantown, me!
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Connections

Referenced in Crazy People (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

SHAKE IT
Written and Performed by MC Shy D
Courtesy of Skywalker Records
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Tim the Bus Driver
18 July 2007 | by granthewitt65See all my reviews

I'm just watching this movie and I think it's great. One question, Kearney greets the bus driver on his commute "Downtown" as "Tim." I only caught a brief glimpse, but I think the driver is played by Tim Roth. Can anyone confirm?

Anthony Edward's performance, in my opinion, is very much like Judge Reinhold in Beverley Hills Cop. In fact I think the whole movie has a Beverley Hills Cop feel to it, albeit without the knockout performance of Eddie Murphy. Forest Whitaker is good in this movie, as usual a very skilled performance,and I wish his character was given a little more emphasis and depth.

All in all a great movie and a credit to the Buddy Cop genre.


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