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Downtown
Downtown
Actors: Anthony Edwards, Forest Whitaker, Penelope Ann Miller, Joe Pantoliano, David Clennon
Director: Richard Benjamin
Genres: Comedy
R     2005     1hr 36min

In this comic twist on the cop buddy genre, suburban Philadelphia policeman Alex Kearney (Anthony Edwards) is unfairly reassigned to a dangerous, rundown inner-city precinct after busting a wealthy, well-connected business...  more »

     
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Actors: Anthony Edwards, Forest Whitaker, Penelope Ann Miller, Joe Pantoliano, David Clennon
Director: Richard Benjamin
Creators: Richard H. Kline, Brian L. Chambers, Charles H. Maguire, Gale Anne Hurd, Jack Roe, Nat Mauldin
Genres: Comedy
Sub-Genres: Comedy
Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen
DVD Release Date: 01/25/2005
Original Release Date: 01/12/1990
Theatrical Release Date: 01/12/1990
Release Year: 2005
Run Time: 1hr 36min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 6
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

A true modern classic...
Ted Hutchens | Rogersville, MO United States | 08/12/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I always reccomend this movie to people looking for offbeat entertainment. Edwards and Whitaker play 2 cops thrust together in a tough precinct located 'Downtown', hence the name. Lots of comedic situations, but real violence-not for the squeamish."
It's Hella Funny!
Simon Kwok | Flushing, NY United States | 04/07/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Don't believe Maltin. This is a cool film. It shows a white cop with no experience of the inner city going to school Downtown. He learns the hard way on a lot of the idiosyncrasies of "da hood". What Maltin also missed was the angry commanding officer of the Diamond Street District. Watching him go off is funny as hell. Don't miss this movie. You'll learn a few come backs for your boss one day from this guy."
This is NOT a great film, but a good one
Jack E. Stoudenmire Jr. | Tampa, FL, USA | 06/02/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Anthony Edwards is banished to downtown Philly from the wealthyburbs on the word of a disgruntled wealthyburbite. He's as white as they come; the denizens of downtown are, uh, not.

Forest Whitaker is his unwilling/unwitting partner with passion but no tolerance. Beach Boys? NO!

It's a predictable but enjoyable romp, and Art Evans plays a streetwise police Lt with a penchant for using a 4-letter copulatory verb. Yeah, that's the one.

It's not vaguely believeable, but Edwards is so fresh and pre-ER-ish, it's a lot of fun. Plus, Whitaker brings a level of intensity not really suited to the movie, but characteristic of all his roles. Doesn't hurt he went on to anchor an ER story arc.

For the price, you can't beat it. Pop some corn and curl up for a while."
LAUGHS, ACTION, and BEACH BOYS MUSIC, it's all here!!!
stryper | Canada | 02/07/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is a fish out of water story (a reversed, Beverly Hills Cop, if you would) where a white cop from a shiny, modernized, police station, is transferred to a gritty, dilapidated, and crime ridded, gettoeque, police station, in one of the best 80's styled buddy films ever made.

There's plenty of laughs, action, and Beach Boys music, for everyone to enjoy.

Anthony Edwards (when he had hair) as the shiny new, eager to right the worlds wrongs cop, from the right side of the tracks, who plays, ever so gratingly, against Forest Whitaker, as the put upon, chip on his shoulder cop, from the wrong side of the tracks.

The fun in the movie is watching the bond between the two cops, grow, as each learns to appreciate the other, and become friends.

This movie is a classic, and WELL worth the price of admission."