- Original title
- Running time
- 96 min.
- United States
Keith Sharon, Alfred Gough, Miles Millar (Story: Jorge Saralegui)
Robert De Niro,
Frankie R. Faison,
Drena De Niro,
Warner Bros. Pictures / Village Roadshow Pictures / NPV Entertainment / Material Production / Tribeca Productions
Action. Comedy | Cop Movies. Television. Buddy Film
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- Synopsis / Plot
- 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 keeps things moving, and laces the action with reflexive humor. Murphy is in fine comic form, and has terrific chemistry with De Niro.
: 2 Nominations for Razzie Awards: Worst Actor (Murphy) and Worst Screen Couple
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