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National Security (2003)

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Two mismatched security guards are thrown together to bust a smuggling operation.

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Dennis Dugan

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Martin Lawrence ... Earl Montgomery
Steve Zahn ... Hank Rafferty
Colm Feore ... Detective Frank McDuff
Bill Duke ... Lieutenant Washington
Eric Roberts ... Nash
Timothy Busfield ... Charlie Reed
Robinne Lee ... Denise
Matt McCoy ... Robert Barton
Brett Cullen ... Heston
Cleo King ... Woman in Car
Gerry Del Sol ... Booking Clerk
Ken Lerner ... Hank's Lawyer
Mari Morrow ... Lola
Stephen Tobolowsky ... Billy Narthax
Joe Flaherty ... Owen Fergus
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Storyline

Earl and Hank have only one thing in common: they're both L.A.P.D. rejects. One just got kicked out, the other can't even get in. After confronting each other on opposite sides of the law during a traffic stop that escalates out of control, these two luckless individuals end up partnered as lowly security guards. Despite being damned to the lowest rung of the law enforcement ladder, Earl and Hank uncover a sophisticated smuggling operation led by Nash and his band of thugs. When Earl and Hank get their hands on some hot property, they go on the run from, first the bad guys, then the L.A.P.D.--led by Lt. Washington and Detective McDuff. What these two unlikely partners do to law enforcement is a crime, but they just might save the day. That is, if they don't kill each other first. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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This January, a buddy comedy without the buddies. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence, language and some sensuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 January 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Seguran├ža Nacional See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,813,517, 19 January 2003, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$35,764,982, 2 March 2003

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$13,670,324, 7 November 2003
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The DVD has an alternate ending. See more »

Goofs

Eric Roberts hair changes color from light blond to silver white throughout the movie. Most notably during last fight scene with Lawrence on the cliff his hair changes hues as well as the stunt double so in one fight scene he appears to have three different hair colors. See more »

Quotes

[Hank is mad at Earl]
Hank: You got something in your teeth.
Earl: Where, here or here?
[Hank punches Earl]
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Alternate Versions

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References Jerry Springer (1991) See more »

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I take offense
15 January 2006 | by TBJCSKCNRRQTreviewsSee all my reviews

It takes a lot to offend me. I'd like to think I've been fairly hardened through the nineteen years I've lived. I can laugh at politically incorrect stuff. I find South Park quite humorous and satirical, rather than offensive and disgusting. It takes a lot to offend me. But this movie did. Dennis Dugan, continuing on the stroll he began with Saving Silverman which contained the biggest, most concentrated amount of misogyny in a single area, brings us one of the most racist films of newer time. Only, it's not what you'd immediately think; it's not racist against black people. Nope, it's against white people instead. As if that makes it any better. Hate and fascism is bad, regardless of where it's directed, which group or person is targeted by and for it. As pointed out on the message boards for this film, every bad guy in this film is white, and Lawrence's character plays the race card every other second in this movie. Now, let me make it absolutely clear; I don't hate anyone. I don't believe in hate. I have equal respect for everyone. I would have been just as offended had this movie targeted black people instead of white(the film would also have been shot down far quicker and more broadly), or if Saving Silverman had been hateful towards men, for that matter. The plot is pitiful. There was a scene in a courthouse that downright sickened me. The crowd was cheering as a victim of false allegations was attacked verbally and sentenced to jail-time... as if they were watching a sports event. The acting is OK. The humor was offending; most of it is Lawrence victimizing himself and berating white people. Both Zahn and Lawrence have been funny... what happened? There's not much else. I barely watched this film, because whenever I looked at the screen and paid attention to what was said, I was hit with an offending remark or action and felt a strong inclination to turn away, to concentrate my attention elsewhere. One to avoid. I don't really recommend this film to anyone... except for perhaps black extremists. Even most black people will most likely find this movie embarrassing and painfully stupid. And Dugan: so much hate... so much anger... have you considered seeking professional help? It can't be healthy. 2/10


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