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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:

Segurança 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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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Jonathan Loughran (sarcastic cop) is a frequent collaborator with Adam Sandler, Dennis Dugan director of this movie frequently director of Adam Sandler movies. See more »

Goofs

While Hank is trying to call the big rig company on the cell phone, Earl puts his glasses away twice. See more »

Quotes

Hank: Do you actually believe the crap that comes out of your mouth?
Earl: I'm not really sure until I'm finished talkin'.
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Alternate Versions

DVD has alternate ending. See more »

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Lawrence takes wrong direction
23 February 2004 | by msanneSee all my reviews

If you like movies packed with racial jokes, you're in for a hit. Or should I point out that the racism comes from Lawrence and goes on and on into stereotyping 'tha black bro'...? I'm 100% confused by what Lawrence tries to accomplish with this movie, besides doing a ninety minute round up about what he apparently would like everybody to believe to be 'the way that black people should act'. If all the displayed racism would come from his white opponent in this movie, I think it would have started a riot. It should be forbidden for anybody to produce these kind of racist-movies. Shame on you Lawrence.


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