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Bad Boys (1995)

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Two hip detectives protect a witness to a murder while investigating a case of stolen heroin from the evidence storage room from their police precinct.

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Michael Bay

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George Gallo (story), Michael Barrie (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lisa Boyle ... Girl Decoy
Michael Taliferro ... Carjacker
Emmanuel Xuereb ... Eddie Dominguez
Tchéky Karyo ... Fouchet (as Tcheky Karyo)
Marc Macaulay ... Noah Trafficante
Ralph Gonzalez Ralph Gonzalez ... Kuni
Vic Manni Vic Manni ... Ferguson
Frank John Hughes ... Casper
Mike Kirton Mike Kirton ... Andy
Martin Lawrence ... Marcus Burnett
Will Smith ... Mike Lowrey
Will Knickerbocker Will Knickerbocker ... Officer Bill O'Fee
Theresa Randle ... Theresa Burnett
Tiffany Samuels Tiffany Samuels ... Megan Burnett
Cory Hodges Cory Hodges ... James Burnett
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Storyline

Marcus Burnett is a hen-pecked family man. Mike Lowry is a foot-loose and fancy free ladies' man. Both are Miami policemen, and both have 72 hours to reclaim a consignment of drugs stolen from under their station's nose. To complicate matters, in order to get the assistance of the sole witness to a murder, they have to pretend to be each other. Written by James Hastie <jdh1000@cus.cam.ac.uk>

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Rated R for intense violent action and pervasive strong language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 April 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bulletproof Hearts See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$19,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,523,358, 9 April 1995

Gross USA:

$65,807,024

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$141,407,024
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The original title for this movie was Bulletproof Hearts, and was written for Dana Carvey and Jon Lovitz because they were very popular, and based on their Saturday Night Live (1975) work. But producer Don Simpson arranged a trip for the actors and him to go to Las Vegas, to celebrate their upcoming work, and Carvey was so horrified by the notoriously wild Simpson that he withdrew from the project altogether, sending the film into turnaround, and causing the rights to go from Disney to Columbia. See more »

Goofs

After Marcus is thrown off the taxi, it backs up with both its left hubcaps on. Yet after Mike has grabbed Marcus and their looking at the taxi getting away as it turns left in its last shot the front hubcap is missing. See more »

Quotes

Marcus Burnett: Mike. Go downstairs and have a Coke and smile.
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Michael Bay: The Next Big Thing
24 February 1999 | by Casa2000See all my reviews

I had no high hopes when I walked into this film. I like Will Smith, I like Martin Lawrence, so I figured this film will at least be funny. And it was funny, and then some. It was action packed, thrilling and a helluva good time. I came out of the theatre thinking that the guy who directed that movie is going to be huge.

Michael Bay, former music video and commercial director, has made an incredible directorial debut. The film never stops. When it isn't action-packed, it is funny. It is sexy, fun and always moving. Christian Wagner's editing is phenomenal. I love action movies that really try to be action movies. A lot of action films know that they are action films so they try to incorporate other genres to make the film more complete, but they often fail miserably. They try so hard to be something they are not that they forget what they are in the first place. The essence of the action film is the action. It is a necessary component, it needs to be there otherwise it loses its edge. "Bad Boys" doesn't just throw in the occassional action sequence to meet the expectations of the genre, but instead uses the action to help tell the story. It is this use of filmmaking that allows an action film to remain an action film and still go beyond.

Watch "Bad Boys" again and every time there is an action sequence, ask yourself why that was there and what did it accomplish. You will find that each sequence took the film to another level; it introduced an new conflict, it increased the present conflict, it eliminated a key character, it introduced a new character, and so on. There are a lot of action films out there that sacrifice story for spectacle, and the audience notices this. At the centre of all films lies the story and if it comes to a halt so does the interest of the viewers.

"Bad Boys" of course isn't the greatest story on film, or even in the action genre, but what is so appealing and memorable about "Bad Boys" is that it is just as entertaining with its story as it is with its action by combining the two without sacrificing either. Michael Bay understands the importance of the story within the structure of the film. He tells a visual story, entertaining and complete, and leaves you very satisfied. Watch for Michael Bay because he is here to stay.


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