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½ February 9, 2016
Partners track a drug ring linked to a very influential man within the city. The expected trappings of the buddy cop film are here, you shouldn't expect too much originality with a Cannon offering. Decent chemistry between Billy Dee and Carradine aside, this may not have quite reached its full potential.
½ January 17, 2015
Average action film from the Cannon Group, who was just exiting a great run producing the best action films in the industry. Here we have two cops using their own methods to take down a drug ring. The Golan-Globus budgets were not yet significantly cut as evidenced by the airplane and helicopter aerial dog fight. Billy Dee Williams always offers some value add.
½ June 6, 2014
Back in the 1980's when life was simple and a movie could be made and thrown into theaters for under a million dollars, you didn't really have to put a lot of effort into them in order to make them profitable. Cannon Films were the king of that kind of shoddy filmmaking, and "Number One With a Bullet" is one of their laziest police thrillers ever.

It throws in every police buddy picture cliche you can think of, from the estranged wife to the surprise twist involving a dirty cop, and the threadbare plot was pieced together from dozens of films that came before. Apparently Charles Bronson and Chuck Norris were off somewhere filming the five movies they would release under the Cannon banner in 1987, so here we get the ragtag team of Robert Carradine and Billy Dee Williams. Both are totally wrong for their respective roles as you never buy them as these hardened career officers for an instance, and the actors have little chemistry together.

The one-liners are tired and there's not one surprise or original thought to be found. The movie does have more unnecessary sub-plots than we're used to, such as Doris Roberts as Carradine's doting mother, and it has the worst score I
ve heard in a cop thriller in a long time. The background music never has anything to do with what's going on in the film. There's also a lot more plot than action. The action sequences are confined to a few routine car chases and shootouts.

Everything about "Number One With a Bullet" is vaguely familiar, and not much of it is worth seeing again. It's forgotten about as quickly as it's over with.
½ February 6, 2013
Cop action, with laughs 80's style
½ February 21, 2012
Another good Duo and another slightly funny film. WHat makes this filmwork is that it's not just another goodcop-Bad cop action flick.
July 2, 2011
Robert Carradine AND Billy Dee Williams in an 80s Buddy Cop Movie in which Peter Graves is their rough-tough police captain!?!?!? This movie should be Awesome! But it's only okay. Carradine is the crazed, hot-tempered cop nicknamed "Berserk" by the local street trash and Billy Dee is the smooth, jazz player cop who gets all the ladies with his sweet, sweet smile. But the plot is forgettable. The shoot-outs and car chases bland. The violence non-existent. Oh well. VF.
½ June 15, 2010
Tuesday, June 15, 2010

(1987) Number One With A Bullet

After the success of Lethal Weapon came this low budget effort which is quite good but cannot level up to the same manner as the first two Lethal Weapons films in terms of budget anyway. But in my opinion is better than Lethal Weapon 3 and 4 for it's storyline and reasonating characters!

Storyline 3 out of 4
Action 3.5 out of 4
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