Hollywood Homicide

Hollywood Homicide

3.0 3
Director: Ron Shelton

Cast: Harrison Ford, Josh Hartnett, Lena Olin


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Further cementing 2003 as the year of Ron Shelton cop movies, the director continued his vacation from the sports genre with Hollywood Homicide, a police comedy that comes right on the heels of Shelton's Dark Blue, a decidedly grittier cop thriller. The film stars Harrison Ford and Josh Hartnett as LAPD homicide detectives Joe Gavilan and K.C. Calden,…  See more details below


Further cementing 2003 as the year of Ron Shelton cop movies, the director continued his vacation from the sports genre with Hollywood Homicide, a police comedy that comes right on the heels of Shelton's Dark Blue, a decidedly grittier cop thriller. The film stars Harrison Ford and Josh Hartnett as LAPD homicide detectives Joe Gavilan and K.C. Calden, two cops with bigger dreams. Gavilan moonlights as a real estate agent, while Calden teaches yoga and yearns for a career on the big screen. When an entire hip-hop group is murdered on-stage, Gavilan and Calden are called in to handle the case. As their investigation progresses, they begin to suspect that the rappers were offed for attempting to get out of their recording contract with label head Sartain (Isaiah Washington). Along with Bruce Greenwood and Keith David, the supporting cast boasts a plethora of real-life musicians, including Dr. Dre, Gladys Knight, Dwight Yoakam, Master P, and Ronald DeVoe of New Edition and Bell Biv DeVoe.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Harrison Ford has already played his share of cops, but Hollywood Homicide's Joe Gavilan is different. His beat is, presumably, one of the most glamorous in the nation, but he's more interested in his side job, a foundering real-estate business. To him there's no such thing as an inappropriate time to pitch potential customers; he even offers a house to the owner of a nightclub where four rappers have just been killed. Further complicating Joe's life is his new partner, young K. C. Calden (Josh Hartnett), who'd rather be an actor than a cop. And then there's his mistress, Ruby the psychic (Lena Olin), whose disregard of Joe's official standing borders on the comical. Gavilan, in short, is the perfect character for an aging action hero to play, and Ford makes this world-weary detective nearly as eccentric as everybody else in writer-director Ron Shelton's comedy-thriller. Shelton, who gave us Bull Durham and White Men Can't Jump, is a past master of the lengthy dialogue exchange between two men, and he peppers Homicide with wryly humorous scenes in which Ford and Hartnett play off each other nicely. The supporting cast is pretty nifty, too: standouts include Keith David as Ford's perpetually exasperated superior officer, Bruce Greenwood as an Internal Affairs investigator determined to take Gavilan’s badge, and Lolita Davidovich as a spunky hooker with the unlikely name of Ferre Salesclerk. The movie is studded with cameos, and if you don't blink you can spot such popular performers as Robert Wagner, Frank Sinatra Jr., Dr. Dre, Lou Diamond Phillips, Dwight Yoakam, Eric Idle, and Isaiah Washington. Shelton effectively lampoons Hollywood from top to bottom; he recognizes the sleaze that lies beneath the thin veneer of glamour, as well as the quiet desperation that Tinseltown denizens conceal more skillfully than anybody else in the country. The action set pieces are plentiful, and in some respects Hollywood Homicide resembles every other "buddy" movie. But Shelton was obviously interested in breathing new life into this subgenre, and in our view he succeeds admirably.
New York Times
There are too many deft grace notes and underplayed jokes to take in at a single viewing. A.O. Scott
San Francisco Chronicle
It's a movie an audience can settle comfortably into, and it pays off as it goes along. Mick LaSalle

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Harrison Ford Joe Gavilan
Josh Hartnett K.C. Calden
Lena Olin Psychic
Bruce Greenwood Bennie Macko
Isaiah Washington Sartain
Lolita Davidovich Cleo
Keith David Lt. Fuqua
Master P Julius Armas
Gladys Knight Olivia Robidoux
Lou Diamond Phillips Wanda
Meredith Scott Lynn I. A. Det. Jackson
Tom Todoroff I. A. Det. Zino
James MacDonald Danny Broome
Kurupt K-Ro
André Benjamin Silk Brown
Alan Dale Commander Preston
Clyde Kusatsu Coroner Chung
Dwight Yoakam Leroy Wasley
Martin Landau Jerry Duran
Eric Idle Celebrity
Frank Sinatra Marty Wheeler
Robert Wagner Himself
Johnny Grant Himself
Smokey Robinson Cabby
Valarie Rae Miller Sartain Receptionist
K.D. Aubert Shauntelle
Kevin Daniels Silk Brown
Ronald DeVoe Rico Jackson
Darrell Foster Lou King
Vincent Laresca Rodriguez Vyshonne Miller
Jason Matthew Smith Repo Guy
Shawn Woods Killer "Z"
Anthony Mackie Killer "Joker"
Choppa H2OKlick
Krazy H2OKlick
Magic Camera Co. H2OKlick
T-Bone H2OKlick
Michael Bentt Club Security Guard
Giovanni Guichard Club Security Guard
Shalena Hughes Club Girl
Eloy Casados Det. Eddie Cruz
Gregg Daniel Det. Mando Lopez
Jamison Jones Det. Bobby Riley
Christopher Wiehl Cheeseburger Cop
Ramon Muniz Station Cop
Dennis Burkley Hank the Bartender
Slade Barnett Bolt Cutter Cop
Malakai Handcuffed Prisoner
Johnny Sneed Arresting Officer
Joe Wandell Arresting Officer
Arina Gasanova Cleo's Girl
Ragan Wallake Hot Tub Burnette
Blake Gibbons Repo Guy
Regina Russell Sartain Receptionist
Kevin Law Himself
Victor Togunde Chaplain
Ernest Harden Mixer
Brianna Lynn Brown Shawna
Sonia Iris Lozada Duran's Housekeeper
Shea Elmore Yoga Girl
Luis Avalos Det, Willie Palmero
Rudi Frenner Autopsy Pathologist
Gretchen Becker Venice Nanny
Frankie Jay Allison Corrections Officer Meyers
Gregg Donovan Beverly Hills Ambassador
Jimmy Jean-Louis Gianfranco Ferré Clerk
Brian Larkins Beverly Hills Valet
John David Heffron Van Family Dad
Kelly Lynn Warren Van Family Mom
Jennette McCurdy Van Family Daughter
Paul Butcher Van Family Son
Leroy Michaux S. U. V. Guy
Katie Boggs Little Girl On Bike
May Boss Taxi Lady
Lauren Sanchez Chopper Newscaster
Jennifer York Chopper Newscaster
Elvira Jimenez Chopper Newscaster
Stephen Stafford Police Chopper Pilot
Tara Tovarek Woman In Elevator
Joan Farrell Woman In Elevator
Lisa Arning Woman In Elevator
Ali Elk Woman In Elevator
Chris Ufland Talent Agent
Freddy Lewis Rooftop Cop Boudreau
Michael Merrins Rooftop Cop Peterson
Brad Tiemann Dumpster Cop
Gregg Miller Sgt. Kelly
TJ Deline Sgt. Davis
James E. Henderson Playgoer Critic
Manny Suarez Streetcar Pablo
Kathi Copeland Streetcar Eunice
Steve Haase Streetcar Mitch
Sarah Scivier Streetcar Stella
Will McFadden Streetcar Steve
JD Ryznar Concerned Man on Street

Technical Credits
Ron Shelton Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Timothy J. Alberts Costumes/Costume Designer
Laura Baker Costumes/Costume Designer
Scott Bernstein Co-producer
Jim Bissell Production Designer
H. Gordon Boos Asst. Director
Robert G. Brown Stunts
Joe Bucaro Stunts
Lorrie Campbell Set Decoration/Design
Christopher Doyle Stunts
Allegra Clegg Co-producer,Production Manager
Jake Dashnaw Stunts
Steve M. Davison Stunts
Kofi W. Elam Stunts
Ken Fisher Camera Operator
Clay Donahue Fontenot Stunts
Bruce Fortune Sound/Sound Designer
Kirk R. Gardner Camera Operator
Jorge J. Gonzalez Costumes/Costume Designer
Mindy Hall Makeup
James M. Halty Stunts
Tom Harper Stunts
Eric Fox Hayes Asst. Director
Fred Hice Stunts
Thomas Huff Stunts
Sony Pictures Imageworks Animator
Ed Johnston Casting
Mike Justus Stunts
Sandy Justus Stunts
Tracy Keehn-Dashnaw Stunts
Shawn P. Lane Stunts
Michael Laudati Makeup
David Lester Executive Producer
Julia Levine Set Decoration/Design
Shanna Mann Stunts
William Matthews Set Decoration/Design
Maurice K. McGuire Camera Operator
Gary McLarty Stunts
Donna Evans Merlo Stunts
Christa Munro Art Director
Kathy Nelson Musical Direction/Supervision
Jan Pascale Set Decoration/Design
Gregory B. Peña Costumes/Costume Designer
Barry Peterson Cinematographer
Chuck Picerni Stunts
Lou Pitt Producer
Bernie Pollack Costumes/Costume Designer
Tim Rigby Stunts
Troy Robinson Stunts
Michelle V. Roth Costumes/Costume Designer
Joe Roth Executive Producer
Michael Runyard Stunts
David Sardi Asst. Director
Ben R. Scott Stunts
Walter Scott Stunts
Ann Scott Stunts
Paul Seydor Editor
Marci Singleton Costumes/Costume Designer
Dawn Solér Musical Direction/Supervision
Soundstorm Sound Editor
Robert Souza Co-producer,Screenwriter
Ryan Staats Stunts
Robert Steadman Camera Operator
Bill Young's Precision Driving Team Stunts
Tim Trella Stunts
Mark Vanselow Stunts
Mark Vanslow Stunts
Michael J. Walker Camera Operator
Gary Wayton Stunts
Peter Weireter Stunts
Alex Wurman Score Composer
Danny Wynands Stunts
Liz Ziegler Camera Operator

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Hollywood Homicide 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've never seen such an awful Harrison Ford movie. The whole plot and screenplay was boring, dull, and disconnected. He did a lot of mumbling - I guess we should've kept the kids awake with the volume, to be able to make out all his asides. His character wasn't even well-developed - although, that's more the fault of the screenwriter & director than his own. Regardless, it's a movie you could easily sleep through. Ford's junior partner was supposedly a ladies' man - but couldn't pull the role off to save his life. Halfway through the movie we saw him teaching a class that did not 'fit' with him, not to mention it didn't flow with the story at ALL. There's a car chase - which, other than the pathetic opening bloody scene, is the most intense part of the whole movie. Don't waste your time or money on this one!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm not a big Harrison Ford fan, but I was impressed by this one. The chemistry between Hartnett and Ford was amazing. The only thing that stops this movie from getting 5 stars is the realism. The scene I'm talking about in particular is the chase scene. Overall it's a good movie. I definitely recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw this movie and left the theater knowing I'd see it again and purchase a copy! It's fun, clever, and requires no intense concentration to enjoy. Anyone who's ever sold real estate, will absolutely laugh-aloud at the negotiations to clinch that final sale. And there are great similarities between Harrison Ford's moonlighting character here and in 'Six Days Seven Nights'. I've heard interviews where Ford talks about the plumbing and carpentry jobs he worked before getting his break in 'Star Wars'. This moonlighting character knows that same struggle to break even and finally get ahead, and gives us both laughs and action along the way.