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Cop & ½ (1993)

PG | | Comedy, Crime, Family | 2 April 1993 (USA)
After witnessing a murder, a young boy named Devon refuses to testify unless he is given the chance to be a policeman.


Henry Winkler


Arne Olsen

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Burt Reynolds ... Nick McKenna
Norman D. Golden II ... Devon Butler
Ruby Dee ... Rachel
Holland Taylor ... Captain Rubio
Ray Sharkey ... Vinnie Fountain
Sammy Hernandez Sammy Hernandez ... Raymond Sanchez
Frank Sivero ... Chu
Rocky Giordani ... Quintero
Marc Macaulay ... Waldo
Tom McCleister ... Rudy
Ralph Wilcox Ralph Wilcox ... Det. Matt McPhail
Tom Kouchalakos Tom Kouchalakos ... Det. Jenkins
Carmine Genovese Carmine Genovese ... Rio
Sean O'Neal ... McNally (as Sean Evan O'Neal)
Max Winkler ... Boy in Bathroom


Devon Butler is an eight-year old who dreams of being a cop. He watches police TV shows, knows police procedures, and plays cops and robbers with his friend Ray. One day, while snooping around in a warehouse, he witnesses a murder. He goes to the police, who want the information, but won't get it until they make Devon a cop. The police then team him with veteran cop (and child hater) Nick McKenna, and the two team up in comic series of events to find the killer. Written by Stephen Currence <billyc@erols.com>

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One kid's fantasy. One cop's nightmare.


Comedy | Crime | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild language, violence and drug references | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

2 April 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Un flic et demi See more »


Box Office


$14,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The song "Cop and Three-Fifths", sung by John Mason, is a spoof of this movie's title. The song title refers to the three-fifths compromise. See more »


The police hear Devon's information even after the phone line is yanked out in the warehouse. See more »


Nick: [talking to the Person dressed in a blue costume] Is your name Bobo?
Bobo #1 Artist: ...in blue!
Nick: C'mon, I don't think this is the Guy...
Devon: I didn't know Art can be so dangerous!
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Crazy Credits

Though it's tacked on before the credits instead of after, there's an extra scene in which a sickly Chu is still seen laying on the hood of the bad guys' getaway boat still running in the ocean. See more »


Referenced in Family Guy: Cop and a Half-Wit (2017) See more »


Movin' Much Too Fast
Written by Curtis Griffin
Performed by The Men of Note
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Star and a Half
21 June 2011 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

Tampa, Florida police detective Burt Reynolds (as Nick McKenna) must partner up with eight-year-old Norman D. Golden II (as Devon Butler) after the latter witnesses a murder. This is the only way the tyke will reveal what he knows. Young Golden gets to be a cop, but also gets in trouble with both bad guys and a couple of his lines. The lad does have more natural hair than either Mr. Reynolds or Ray Sharkey (as Vinnie Fountain). This was, unfortunately, the last appearance of Mr. Sharkey, who scored well in "The Idolmaker" (1980) and memorably on television. With some good camera angles, director Henry Winkler and cinematographer Bill Butler attempt something for the kids, but the stars and script drag it down.

** Cop and ½ (4/2/93) Henry Winkler ~ Burt Reynolds, Norman D. Golden II, Ray Sharkey, Ruby Dee

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