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SHOWTIME deftly combines clever satire and explosive action, taking the buddy cop movie in a new direction. Robert De Niro stars as Mitch Preston, a no-nonsense detective who makes headlines when he shoots the television camera right out of the hands of a meddlesome photographer during a bust. The department is sued for millions, but a slick producer (Rene Russo) drops the suit to force Mitch to star on the network's new reality series. Trey Sellars (Eddie Murphy), a struggling actor and incompetent patrolman, bamboozles his way into a plum role as Mitch's partner. Mitch is a better cop, but Trey knows a lot more about how to be a TV star. He even comes up with the show's catchphrase: "It's SHOWTIME!" In the film's funniest setpiece, William Shatner is brought in to teach Mitch and Trey how to master important TV cop procedures, like jumping on the hood of a car. Things get more serious as the celebrity cops track down a crazed criminal armed with a powerful new weapon. Director Tom Dey (SHANGHAI NOON) k...
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CastRene Russo
DirectorTom Dey
Release Date:  2002
MPAA Rating:  PG-13
DVD Release Date:  Warner Home Video (August 13, 2002)
Runtime:  1hr 32min
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review by . March 13, 2002
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Pros: Great Cast and some funny moments.     Cons: Many cliches from buddy cop films.     The Bottom Line: Good cast, funny moments, just nothing original.     Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie's plot. The buddy cop film has been a staple of the action film genre for decades. Comedian Eddie Murphy is no stranger to this genre as he burst onto the big screen with “48 Hours” and “Beverly Hills Cop” and followed …
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