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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 »

Parents Guide:

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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?


Kurt Russell and Jim Belushi turned down the role of Det. Nick McKenna. See more »


When the main characters are chasing a motorcycle they pass a couple of cars. In a next shot, they pass the same cars again. See more »


Quintero: [Upon meeting Vinnie for the first time, as Vinnie makes an entrance singing a 50's song] I'm so happy to meet you, I love your singing, do you have an album out?
Vinnie Fountain: You wouldn't be saying that just to butter me up, would you? Because I detest hypocrisy.
Quintero: [scoffs] No way.
Vinnie Fountain: [sniffs] Whoa. Chu, there's a fish in here. Get rid of it.
Chu: [Tying and cuffing Quintero to his chair] You got it, boss.
Quintero: Hey, what are you doing? Hey! Turn loose to me!
Vinnie Fountain: You know... In a fit of nostalgia, I was gonna shoot you myself, ...
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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 »


Followed by Cop and a Half: New Recruit (2017) See more »


Written by Robert Hackl
Performed by The Dadz
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13 March 2002 | by Movie-RobotSee all my reviews

Cute little black kid wants to be a policeman. The diminuitive star, Norman Golden III is out to steal your heart while it feels like like the film-makers have stolen your wallet in the process.

This comes about a decade too late after the trend of cuddly black "child" stars Gary Coleman and Webster, who were both in their late 30's during their heyday. (I've always thought that a great idea for a TV show would be something called "Shrunken Miniature Black Man" cause apparently that's the way America wants to see them.) Anyway, back to this film...

It's basically Burt Reynolds co-starring with his toupee and trying to look put-upon by Golden. In actuality, over the course of the 90 minutes, actor Reynolds spends a lot of his on-screen time sweating profusely. It's actually kind of creepy.

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