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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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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film came under fire from the media and parenting groups over the scene where Norman Golden II is dunked headfirst into the toilet and flushed by two bullies. Many thought the scene was in poor taste given Golden's African/American heritage. Burt Reynolds, the film's star, was quizzed over the scene and its apparent controversy. Reynolds said unlike his other films, where he was involved as a producer or director, he was simply the hired hand on this film and had no control over the script. See more »


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


Mr. Herman Fleming: Now, tell me. What have you learned today? Sit up straight.
Devon: That I can hold my breath a lot longer than I thought I could.
Mr. Herman Fleming: Do I sense... uh... a little insolence?
Devon: No.
Mr. Herman Fleming: Devon, Devon, Devon, Devon. Lies are not explanations.
Devon: I'm not lying... Everyday these big jumbos... come and take my money... they put me in the toilet... and they hold me upside down.
Mr. Herman Fleming: Always blaming it on someone else. You leave me no choice, Devon. I have to call your grandmother.
Devon: Mr. Fleming, please. You don't have to call her...
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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 »


Written by Robert Hackl
Performed by The Dadz
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"Half" a good time and see this film, its darling!
21 July 2008 | by inkblot11See all my reviews

Nick (Burt Reynolds) is a cop who has been around the block a few times. He is a grouchy old coot to boot. Devon (Norman Golden II) is a young neighborhood lad who loves police shows and dreams of being a patrolman. One day, he witnesses a murder in a warehouse and goes to the precinct to tell the officers what he saw. However, he won't sing unless they make him a junior cop in the process. Wanting the information the little boy has to offer, they agree to put him "on the force". After that, they pair him with Nick to investigate and solve the crime Devon observed. Nick, however, hates having the youngster as a partner, even though Devon often has ideas that work, such as his strategy for getting a peace-disturbing, quarreling couple to calm themselves. But, can Nick and Devon figure out the warehouse murder without taking a few bullets themselves? I had a great time with this much-maligned movie. Reynolds is a joy, for his dry wit and facial expressions are on constant display. Young Golden, too, is talented and humorous, charming the audience in every scene. In addition, for those who like chase scenes, shoot-em-up action, and dimwitted bad guys, this one has those in abundance, also. In short, pay no attention to the harsh criticism that this flick has received and try it yourself. I believe you will "half" a very good time with Burt and his half-pint partner.

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