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Showtime (2002)

PG-13 | | Action, Comedy, Crime | 15 March 2002 (USA)
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A spoof of buddy cop movies where two very different cops are forced to team up on a new reality based television cop show, while tracking down the manufacturer and distributor of an illegally made semi-automatic firearm.

Director:

Tom Dey

Writers:

Jorge Saralegui (story), Keith Sharon (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
1 win & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert De Niro ... Det. Mitch Preston
Rachael Harris ... Teacher (as Rachel Harris)
Eddie Murphy ... Officer Trey Sellars
Zaid Farid Zaid Farid ... Police Captain Ben
Alex Borstein ... Casting Director
Holly Mandel Holly Mandel ... Producer
Marshall Manesh ... Convenience Store Owner
Nestor Serrano ... Ray
T.J. Cross T.J. Cross ... ReRun (as TJ Cross)
Yasiin Bey ... Lazy Boy (as Mos Def)
James Roday ... 'Showtime' Cameraman
Joel Hurt Jones Joel Hurt Jones ... Reporter #1
Chris Harrison Chris Harrison ... Reporter #2
Perri Peltz Perri Peltz ... Reporter #3
Amy Powell Amy Powell ... Reporter #4
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Storyline

LAPD Detective Sergeant Mitch Preston cares only about doing his job and nailing crooks. LAPD Patrol Officer Trey Sellars joined the force as a day job until his acting career took off. During an undercover drug buy Mitch was working that Trey botched by calling in for backup and drawing media attention, Mitch's partner is shot with a very exotic 12-gauge automatic weapon; Mitch then shoots the video camera out of the hands of a reporter filming the action when the cameraman refused to shut it down. Faced with a $10 million lawsuit, the department agrees to let producer Chase Renzi film Mitch's investigation for a new reality TV show, and constantly tries to make everything more "viewer friendly" by changing everything about Mitch's life to fit the stereotypical view of police officers--and partners him with Trey. Written by Jeff Cross <blackjac_1998@yahoo.com>

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Plot Keywords:

chase | police | lapd | buddy cop | drugs | See All (138) »

Taglines:

Lights. Camera. Aggravation.

Genres:

Action | Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for action violence, language and some drug content | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA | Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 March 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Flics en direct See more »

Filming Locations:

USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$85,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,011,430, 17 March 2002

Gross USA:

$38,082,712

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$77,741,732
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Dolby Digital | SDDS | DTS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

There was a scene that was filmed, but cut out to better explain how Mitch could take on Trey as his new partner. In the beginning the film, Mitch goes on an undercover sting with another cop. That was Mitch's partner. He was wounded during the shootout with Lazy Boy. In a scene that followed, Mitch is visiting his partner in the hospital who is in recovery and contemplating retirement. See more »

Goofs

When Caesar shoots through the hotel door, his shotgun fires a 12 gauge slug that should have also shattered the room's window. The rounds easily went through the much thicker ceiling and swimming pool above. See more »

Quotes

[Why Mitch started doing pottery]
Mitch Preston: My ex and I were on the rocks, and my marriage counselor said I needed to take up a hobby.
Trey Sellars: How come you never got good at it?
Mitch Preston: Well, it's kind of like you and police work. I never took it that seriously.
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Crazy Credits

After all the credits, there are some 'confessional' scenes with Murphy's character, talking about DeNiro's. See more »

Connections

References T.J. Hooker: The Protectors (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

I Got You (I Feel Good)
(1964)
Written by James Brown
Performed by James Brown
Courtesy of Universal Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Entertains, But Not Too Memorable
8 August 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

This was a pretty good modern-day comedy with straight man Robert De Niro doing a good job with comedy and Eddie Murphy just playing his normal whacked-out character. You get a good combination of humor and action in here. It had the normal cliché the ending, the kind you can see coming a mile away, but it's okay; it didn't hurt the film.

William Shatner was very entertaining in a supporting role and I think that was De Niro's real-life daughter playing Rene Russo's TV sidekick in the movie.

A decent cop-buddy film that isn't memorable an entertaining way to kill an hour-and-a-half.


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