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2/10
we asked for "law", not "low" !
jean-no2 August 2002
If you like Bullit, well, you'll find the same stuff here : a good cop doing his job whose colleagues are often corrupted. Great. I remember how Steve McQueen used his gun in "Bullit" : he didn't shoot even once. Here, the actor and director Fred Williamson kills quite the whole city, to get evidences of stuff we don't understand clearly. The bad point is that it is a bad movie. The good point is that it's so low budget that takes are not done again when an actor reads his script on paper or when others start to laugh in a crucial moment...
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1/10
It's craptacular!!
JeremyGough13 February 2001
It's craptacular!! More of the same from Fred Williamson. He's the renegade cop, somebody is dead, and now he's out for revenge. Too bad he couldn't track down a decent story while he was at it. Instead we're forced to watch while he charms the ladies, smokes cigars, and holds his shiny gun. If you're looking for anything beyond cliche'd characters, flat acting, and blaxploitation rehash, this film is not for you. But if you're up for Bubba Smith's toupee, a pack of geriatric cops "chasing" good ol' Hammer, and more plot holes than you can shake a stick at, this one might be right up your alley.
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3/10
Predictable, and predictably bad
ap19293 February 2002
Nothing original in this film. All these bad scenes have appeared in movies for years. The plot is bad, the acting is bad, the timing is bad. Even Gary Busey, who usually gives a good effort, seemed to be sleepwalking through this one. The good guys and the bad guys were so alike that the only person you feel confident cheering for is Bubba Smith.
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10/10
Nick Gleem....Like the Toothpaste!
jdunkerley19 April 2001
This is one of the funniest movies I've ever seen. Fred Williamson does it again in a follow up to Night Vision. The Nick Gleem character has me in stitches and the action isn't bad either. Good to see Bubba Smith again and Gary Busey is good as well.
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5/10
There plenty to enjoy here for Fred fans.
Comeuppance Reviews20 February 2013
Warning: Spoilers
Dak is back! That would be Dakota "Dak" Smith (Williamson) to be precise. First seen in Night Vision (1997), Down 'n Dirty is his second appearance, followed by On The Edge (2002). He also portrayed Dak in The Rage Within (2001) the same year as D'ND, 2001. This time around, the Dakster is in a whole heap o'trouble after his partner of many years is suddenly shot. As he tries, in his inimitable style (ranging between cynical Cop On The Edge to smooth ladies man) to get answers, he runs up against resistance and even outright hostility in his own department - everyone ranging from his Captain, Teller (Napier), to Det. Ward (Lo Bianco). It turns out there's corruption and conspiracy involved from D.A. Casey (Busey), who is in contact with the mysterious Gil Garner (Carradine) - who commands an army of goons such as Jimmy (Divoff). Naturally, they all want Dak's head, because he's trying to get to the truth. Does even his friend Det. Cale (Smith) believe him? Dak is going to have to team up with photographer Nick Gleem (Goodwin) to ultimately find out. Can he do it? Somehow Fred is able to corral all these great stars to be in his movies. Sure, as we noted in our review for On the Edge, the dialogue is muffled at times, and the music drowns it out - because apparently for us, the audience, hearing electronic drums bashing away is more important than hearing valuable plot points - but thankfully the great Fred Williamson carries the 70's/80's-style cop drama/thriller into the 21st century, with no apologies. To the jaded and cynically minded, you could say it's filled with all the clichés we've all seen thousands of times before, but those people are overlooking one crucial detail: the charm of Fred Williamson. Fred's charisma absolutely carries this movie, as well as many of his others, and even the filler (which there's plenty of, and as a result this movie could have been shorter) is enjoyable. The clichés are fun clichés, and the filler is fun filler, and we should be happy this movie was made in the first place.

Let's not overlook that this is Bubba Smith at his absolute best. His line deliveries are priceless, he's a giant man who wears a short tie that only reaches to about his sternum, and his hair is just...inexplicable. It looks like as if the top of his head - which doesn't match the sides, mind you - is a cross between Frankenstein, Alfred E. Neuman and a black lacquer floor. Moving on, fan favorite Sam Jones makes a very brief (one scene) appearance, and looks highly uncomfortable. He also has an unexplained bearded biker dude as his sidekick. So many questions, so few answers. There's minimal Jones, minimal Divoff and minimal Carradine. Carradine does a "sit-down" role and both he and Busey don't appear until 51 minutes in.

Nick Gleem, as the sidekick, and who adds "like the toothpaste!" every time he introduces himself, ends up being called simply "Toothpaste" as his nickname. Not to be confused with "Speedboat" from Snake Eater II (1989). In the "awesome urban compound word nickname" awards, Toothpaste has the wackier hat, so we'll give him the prize. And, unrelated to Mr. Toothpaste, as in Direct Contact (2009) when someone says "What if he goes AOL?" here, in Down N' Dirty, someone says "Get it to me SAP". Either this guy is REALLY in a hurry, so much so he has no time for the initial "A", or maybe he wants to use his TV remote to watch his favorite shows in Spanish, but like a lot of things in this movie, it remains unexplained.

Besides Fred's screen presence and a cast of familiar faces, the other thing that keeps this movie afloat is the music. By Johnny Ross (some songs are credited to J.R. and Li'l Big - we assume J.R. is Johnny Ross), the standouts are the main title theme and "Come Back Dak". It sounds like it could be the same singers who sang "Dakota Smith - You're 12 Steps Away", from Night Vision, but we're not sure. We love the idea that Fred Williamson has his own personal singers who are on call for him at any time. Hopefully that is the case. Supposedly, the legendary Volt label released the soundtrack, and the main title features the line "If you're on the take, you made a big mistake", so it might be well worth finding. You don't hear lyrics like that every day. More top 40 hits should be about systemic inter-office police corruption.

There plenty to enjoy here for Fred fans such as ourselves...and for non-Fred fans: what's wrong with you? Become a Fred fan.

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5/10
senior citizen world?
non_sportcardandy28 December 2003
This movie has the look of so many other movies....senior citizen kills or whups on 15 or more people in one single movie.The part has been played by many-eastwood,jackson,wayne,etc.They are movies I won't spend any money to watch,too too unbelievable.This movie I saw last night on free t v,the senior citizen hero this time is Fred Williamson.What made this movie different was that many of the characters good(?) and bad were pushin 60 years old or more.Guys that would of looked more comfortable playing checkers in the park were carrying around guns and wearing badges.Some of the thugs were still trying to make their bones late in life,the residents of a rest home might of found them menacing.The women were a sultry pushing 50 or more group.One of the best performers in the movie is Bubba Smith,being a young whippersnapper compared to the rest he may have had more energy to put in his part.One of the main characters had trouble speaking their lines(improper denture fit?)
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2/10
Hackneyed
KoldBloodKiller28 January 2002
I am a firm believer in watching an entire movie before you render an opinion. I almost had to break my own rule while watching this atrocity. I don't know what the point of this movie was, other than to make sure Williamson had one more rogue cop, one man army, thumb your nose at whitey, movie under his belt. Final summation: avoid this like the plague!
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