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Robert DeNiro continues to lampoon his tough-guy persona with this spoof of buddy cop movies that teams him with comic co-star Eddie Murphy. DeNiro is L.A.P.D. detective Mitch Preston, a gruff, no-nonsense 28-year veteran whose bust of a drug gang is botched one night by Trey Sellars (Murphy), a bumbling patrolman who's really a frustrated actor at heart. When Mitch's aggravation is captured by a television news crew, he fires his gun in their direction and becomes an instant media celebrity, while earning ...
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Robert DeNiro continues to lampoon his tough-guy persona with this spoof of buddy cop movies that teams him with comic co-star Eddie Murphy. DeNiro is L.A.P.D. detective Mitch Preston, a gruff, no-nonsense 28-year veteran whose bust of a drug gang is botched one night by Trey Sellars (Murphy), a bumbling patrolman who's really a frustrated actor at heart. When Mitch's aggravation is captured by a television news crew, he fires his gun in their direction and becomes an instant media celebrity, while earning himself a temporary suspension at work. After his fame draws the attention of network TV producer Chase Renzi (Rene Russo), Mitch is soon informed that the only way he can get back to work is to allow a production crew to trail him on the job for a new cop reality series called "Showtime." In order to make the taciturn lawman more palatable to the viewing public, he's paired with the camera-friendly, fast-talking Trey. The new partners drive each other crazy, but their mismatched sensibilities make for great TV, while their newfound fame has its advantages in getting them back on the trail of those escaped drug dealers, who possess a powerful new weapon. Showtime co-stars Frankie Faison and William Shatner, who sends up his own TV cop role in T.J. Hooker.
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Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Here’s something of a rarity: A raucously satirical film that’s actually a perfect example of the genre it’s lampooning. Showtime is a lighthearted police procedural of the type commonly referred to as a "buddy movie," and two more unlikely screen buddies could hardly have been cast. Robert De Niro plays granite-tough LAPD detective Mitch Preston, whose no-nonsense approach to law enforcement puts him at odds with his public-relations-minded superiors. In an attempt to soften both his and the department’s image, Mitch is ordered to appear in a reality-based TV show with beat officer Trey Sellars Eddie Murphy, a wannabe actor more interested in signing autographs than busting perps. The gimmick here is that Preston is on the trail of some very bad people -- vicious foreign gangsters who’ve obtained newly designed weapons with enormous firepower. Consequently, the action is fast, furious, and occasionally quite violent. Director Tom Dey Shanghai Noon maintains the perfect balance between clowning and crime fighting, gleefully poking a cinematic finger in the eyes of TV producers whose pursuit of "reality" seldom includes telling the plain, unvarnished truth. In one of her best performances to date, Rene Russo portrays the show’s producer, Chase Renzi, whose innovations include redesigning police headquarters to make it visually appealing to viewers, eliciting on-camera confessions from Mitch and Trey, and following the officers with a camera crew -- while they’re working undercover. William Shatner, playing himself in the latest of a string of comedic supporting turns, takes some good-natured ribbing for his cornball antics in the old cop show T. J. Hooker. Given their respective backgrounds and previous hit films, De Niro and Murphy might seem like the oddest of odd couples, but they have terrific chemistry together, which is principally why Showtime succeeds as great entertainment. Dey, producer Jorge Saralegui, and editor Billy Weber supply a commentary for the DVD, which also includes several extended scenes and a handful of unused, improvisational "confession" scenes.
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Showtime is a fine-looking film with a bouncy score and a clutch of lively songs for deft punctuation. Kevin Thomas
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/13/2002
  • UPC: 085392244034
  • Original Release: 2002
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  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert De Niro Mitch Preston
Eddie Murphy Trey Sellars
Rene Russo Chase Renzi
Pedro Damien Vargas
Mos Def Lazy Boy
Frankie R. Faison Captain Winship
William Shatner Himself
Nestor Serrano Ray
Drena De Niro Annie
Linda Hart Waitress
Taj "T.J." Cross ReRun
Judah Friedlander Julio
Kadeem Hardison Kyle
Peter Jacobson Brad Slocum
Kenneth Hudson Campbell Cop in Gym
John Cariani Charlie
Angela Rosa Alvarado Gina Reyes
Tom Billett Freddy Bouncer #2
Clement Blake Gun Show Patron
Alan Borstein Casting Director
Joyce Bryant Lexi
Larry Joe Campbell Locker Room Cop #2
Callie Childers Pool Girl
Ewan Chung Ping Pong Opponent
Johnnie L. Cochran Jr. Himself
Maurice Compte Chili
Rick Cramer Duty Officer
Christopher Darga Announcer At Gun Show
Teresa DePriest Female Cop #2
Joel Elliott Animal Welfare Worker #1
Zaid Farid Captain (Audition)
Reggie Gaskins Locker Room Cop #3
Rachael Harris Teacher
Chris Harrison Reporter #2
Joel Hurt Jones Reporter #1
Reggie Jordan Parking Garage Police #2
Robert Joseph Gangbanger #4
Henry Kingi Garbage Truck Driver
Freez Luv Freez
Holly Mandel Producer
Marshall Manesh Convenience Store Owner
Neil Mather Uniform
Lucille M. Oliver Screaming Woman
Perri Peltz Reporter #3
Lisa Renee Pitts Female Cop #1
John Polce Police Officer
Amy Powell Reporter #4
James Roday Cameraman
Jeff Sanders Big Boy
Merlin Santana Hector
Grant Sawyer Animal Welfare Worker #2
Debra Snell Reporter #5
Chris Ufland Reporter #6
Julian Dulce Vida J.J.
Kirk Ward Parking Garage Police #1
Andrew Wilson Locker Room Cop #1
Alan Silvestri Conductor
Technical Credits
Tom Dey Director
Robert Alonzo Stunts
Starly Alvarado Stunts
Michael Amundson Asst. Director
Shane Anderson Stunts
Pete Antico Stunts
Seth Arnett Stunts
Rick Avery Stunts
Joni Avery Stunts
Bruce Berman Executive Producer
Freddy Bouciegues Stunts
Janet Brady Stunts
Eddie Braun Stunts
Jon Braver Stunts
Charlie Brewer Stunts
Jophery Brown Stunts
Bob Brown Stunts
Virgil E. Carter Stunts
John Cenatiempo Stunts
Christal Chacon Stunts
Aliza Chameides Animator
Ellen Chenoweth Casting, Costumes/Costume Designer
Billy Clevenger Camera Operator
Fetteroff Colen Costumes/Costume Designer
Brycen Counts Stunts
Leo Creer Jr. Stunts
Esteban Cueto Stunts
Thomas Dadras Animator
Gregg G. Dandridge Stunts
Chic Daniel Stunts
Steve M. Davidson Stunts
Deborah M. Davis Costumes/Costume Designer
Elaine Davis Costumes/Costume Designer
Mark Davison Camera Operator
Robert DoQui Stunts
Eddy Donno Stunts
Channing Dungey Co-producer
Jared Eddo Stunts
John Edward Stunts
Ousuan Elam Stunts
Kenny Endoso Stunts
Daniel Epper Stunts
Richard Epper Stunts
Corey Michael Eubanks Stunts
Dane Farwell Stunts
John Fasal Set Decoration/Design, Sound/Sound Designer
Glory Fioramonti Stunts
Andree Gibbs Stunts
Andy Gill Stunts
Mark Ginther Stunts
Gilberto Gonzales Animator
Alfred Gough Screenwriter
Anita Hart Stunts
Ilona Herman Makeup
Nick Hermz Stunts
Mark Hicks Stunts
Hollis Hill Stunts
Bill Hiney Set Decoration/Design
Gregory K. Hoffman Stunts
Norman Howell Stunts
Geoff Hubbard Art Director
Jamie Anderson Cinematographer
Gina Jensen Stunts
Justin Jones Animator
Mike Justus Stunts
Josh King Asst. Director
Thomas Kloss Cinematographer
James Lassiter Executive Producer
Christopher Lawrence Costumes/Costume Designer
George R. Lee Set Decoration/Design
Erik Lemoss-Rettner Costumes/Costume Designer
Kelly Lindquist Costumes/Costume Designer
James Logan Stunts
Robert Lurye Animator
Jalil Lynch Stunts
Jeff Mann Production Designer
Eric McLeod Executive Producer
Michael McQuarn Musical Direction/Supervision
Joel Merritt Animator
Miles Millar Screenwriter
Vera Moder Makeup
Bennie Moore Stunts
Bennie Moore Stunts
Marty Murray Stunts
Nick Navarro Set Decoration/Design
Otto Nemenz Cinematographer
Cheryl Nick Makeup
Chuck Norman Stunts
Marci Olivi Costumes/Costume Designer
Shane Paish Makeup
Christine Paola Stunts
Michael Papajohn Stunts
Chuck Picerni Jr. Stunts
Steve Picerni Stunts
Tessa Posnansky Set Decoration/Design
Hammerhead Productions Special Effects
Pat Romano Stunts
Jane Rosenthal Producer
Fred Roth Asst. Director
Dennis S. Sands Sound Mixer
Jorge Saralegui Original Story, Producer, Screenwriter
Felipe Savahge Stunts
Anthony Schmidt Stunts
Keith Sharon Screenwriter
Craig Shugart Stunts
Joel Sill Musical Direction/Supervision
Spike Silver Stunts
Alan Silvestri Score Composer
Louis Simon Stunts
Deborah Slate Costumes/Costume Designer
Will Smith Executive Producer
Bryan Souders Stunts
Beck Taylor Set Decoration/Design
C.C. Taylor Stunts
Jonathan Watson Asst. Director
Billy Weber Editor
Danny Weselis Stunts
Cheryl Wheeler Stunts
Lisa Wong Costumes/Costume Designer
Danny Wynands Stunts
Dick Ziker Stunts
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Cop Spoof Movie

    Showtime, what can you say about De Niro and Murphy, together, spoofing "Cops". Especially when William Shatner provides them with acting tips.

    This is a great comedy movie that the whole family can watch together.

    I enjoy watching this over and over again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great For A Night On The Couch With Your Lady

    If you're looking for a fun time, relaxing and a little bit of romance this will do the job. I'm looking to buy the soundtrack which is excellent!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Funniest

    If you haven't seen ''Showtime,'' it's more funny than anything else! The trailer is so funny, whoever watches it gets fun coming, because it's one funny movie of the year!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    it's alful film

    R.de niro is an great actor but the sceen playaer isn't good.Eddy is great too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Stop before its too late!!

    ok now if u havnt seen this movie DONT!!! i had the terrible pleasure of sitting 4 an hour and a half through this garbage... and if you've seen this and are looking forward to owning this movie may god have mercy on you. Eddie murphy and DeNiro have enough money.. you think they liked it? This movie is the master of disguise crossd over with MIB 2. Its like seeing Batman and Robin all over again. So ive takin the time to warn all of you of this big mistake. and just so you dont leave empty handed check out some better titles....

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    Posted January 6, 2009

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