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Hot Pursuit (2015)

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An uptight and by-the-book cop tries to protect the outgoing widow of a drug boss as they race through Texas pursued by crooked cops and murderous gunmen.


Anne Fletcher
4,684 ( 269)
4 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Reese Witherspoon ... Cooper
Sofía Vergara ... Daniella Riva
Matthew Del Negro ... Detective Hauser
Michael Mosley ... Detective Dixon
Robert Kazinsky ... Randy
Richard T. Jones ... Detective Jackson
Benny Nieves ... Jesus
Michael Ray Escamilla ... Angel
Joaquín Cosio ... Vicente Cortez
John Carroll Lynch ... Captain Emmett
Jim Gaffigan ... Red
Mike Birbiglia ... Steve
Vincent Laresca ... Felipe Riva
David Jensen ... Wayne
Evaluna Montaner Evaluna Montaner ... Teresa Cortez


Rose Cooper is an uptight and by-the-book cop whose name has become synonymous with screw-ups. She's given a chance to redeem herself one day when she is assigned to protect a federal witness, Daniella Riva, the vivacious and outgoing widow of a drug boss. As the two polar opposites race through Texas, they find themselves pursued by everyone from crooked cops to murderous gunmen. However, their greatest obstacle to making this out alive may be themselves as they learn that Cooper has now been considered a fugitive fleeing with Daniella. Written by HenryZ

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Armed and sort of dangerous.


Action | Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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English | Spanish

Release Date:

8 May 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Don't Mess with Texas See more »

Filming Locations:

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA See more »


Box Office


$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,942,258, 10 May 2015, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$34,507,079, 19 July 2015
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Sofía Vergara's son Manolo makes a cameo appearance as the disc jockey in Teresa's (Evaluna Montaner's) quinceañera. See more »


You do not need to unlock a phone to dial 911, as such Cooper should know this as a know-it-all officer in the car scene where Daniella loses the phone while trying to key in the combination. See more »


Randy: I know who you are. You all are wanted.
Cooper: I am a police officer. Mrs. Riva, she's a federal witness in my protective custody. Everybody in this state is looking for her, dirty cops and the cartel. We need a couple hours to lie low. Now, can you help us with that?
Randy: I kind of like your smile.
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Crazy Credits

The ending credits include a blooper reel. See more »


Referenced in Midnight Screenings: Hot Pursuit/Ex Machina (2015) See more »


Catch Us If You Can
Written by Sara Haze, Charlie Peacock, Todd Clark, Hillary Scott
Performed by Elle King
Produced and Mixed by Dave Bassett
Used courtesy of RCA Records
By arrangement with Sony Music Entertainment
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Pretty Good Film and very similar to an old 80's favorite "Midnight Run" (Dinero & Grodin)
8 May 2015 | by GregP89See all my reviews

Pretty Good Film and very similar to an old 80's favorite "Midnight Run" , (which grossed $38Million in '88, comparable to $300 Million in today's dollars) starring Robert Dinero, Charles Grodin, and tough guy Dennis Farina (one of the best hard-nosed tough character actors of the last 30 yrs). Similar to Reese Witherspoon's Role of the Police Officer transferring Beautiful Vengara as a key Protective Custody Criminal witness person across multiple state lines, back in 1988 Federal Marshall or BOunty Hunter Robert Hunter had to transfer Mafia Accountant Charles Grodin from Coast to Coast. "Hot Pursuit' has a lot of High Speed car scenes A great Climatic end scene with Mob Boss Dennis Farina made "MidNight Run' funny and gutsy, just like "Hot Pursuit"'s high speed chase scenes, Reese using a Gun, and provocative sensual chemistry of both leading ladies makes this film fun to watch, as well. Hopefully it will garner will more $$$ Revenue than Sandra Bullock & Melissa McCarthey's 2013 hit film 'Heat' which grossed $159 Million.

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