Downtown (1990)






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Movie Info

When suburban police officer Alex Kearney (Anthony Edwards) angers a wealthy, influential citizen by stopping him for a traffic violation, he finds himself transferred to the city's worst precinct. Struggling to adapt to his new inner-city surroundings, Kearney must deal with his gruff new partner, Dennis Curren (Forest Whitaker), as the two attempt to break up a crime ring. ~ Iotis Erlewine, Rovi

Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Nat Mauldin
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 25, 2005


as Dennis Curren

as Alex Kearney

as Lori Mitchell

as Jerome Sweet

as Henry Coleman

as Mickey Witlin

as Lt. Sam Parral

as Christine Curren

as Lowell Harris

as Luisa Diaz

as Inspector Ben Glass

as Uniformed Cop

as Ephraim Cain

as Skip Markowitz

as Man with Dog

as Mrs. Sweet

as Street-Corner Rapper

as Bryn Mawr Policewoma...

as Bryn Mawr Policeman
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Critic Reviews for Downtown

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | January 10, 2004
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

About as much fun as having your car stolen.

Full Review… | January 31, 2009
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Time to COP a good gigglefest

May 6, 2005
Film Threat

Blandly familiar tale of mismatched cops on the streets of Philadelphia.

April 3, 2005

Audience Reviews for Downtown


This was a very impressive cop buddy action movie. It takes place in the slums of Philly and revolves around a patrolman who gets tossed up to the city's worst precinct after a flub when pulling over a rich asshole. He's matched up with a loose cannon for a partner. It's Lethal Weapon material for sure except that's not much of a criticism since the movie was actually entertaining. If cheesy, but entertaining with a rather good performance by Whitaker and from Joe Pantoliano who plays a menacing bald assistant to the villain of the movie. His death scene by way of a wood chipper is worth checking out the movie.

The Vulture

This is a film from the 1990s that is underrated. A great action film with some good humor, almost like Lethal Weapon. Anthony Edwards and Forest Whitaker star in this film as cops who are partners dealing with currupt businessmen. A movie for all action fans.

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