Downtown (1990)

Downtown (1990)

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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: Comedy , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
Directed By: Richard Benjamin
Written By: Nat Mauldin
In Theaters: wide
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Fox

Cast

Forest Whitaker
as Dennis Curren
Anthony Edwards
as Alex Kearney
Penelope Ann Miller
as Lori Mitchell
David Clennon
as Jerome Sweet
Art Evans
as Henry Coleman
Rick Aiello
as Mickey Witlin
Roger Aaron Brown
as Lt. Sam Parral
Kimberly Scott
as Christine Curren
Ron Canada
as Lowell Harris
Wanda De Jesus
as Luisa Diaz
Frank McCarthy
as Inspector Ben Glass
Wren T. Brown
as Uniformed Cop
Ryan McWhorter
as Ephraim Cain
Danuel Pipoly
as Skip Markowitz
Maurice Hill
as Man with Dog
Def Jef
as Street-Corner Rapper
Robin D. Adler
as Bryn Mawr Policewoman
Jeffrey P. Baggett
as Bryn Mawr Policeman
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Critic Reviews for Downtown

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (3)

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Full Review… | January 10, 2004
Chicago Reader
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Washington Post
Top Critic

About as much fun as having your car stolen.

Full Review… | January 30, 2009
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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July 24, 2005
EmanuelLevy.Com

Time to COP a good gigglefest

May 5, 2005
Film Threat

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
The Vulture

Adding yet another notch to the always engaging buddy cop subgenre of films, Downtown offers the unique concept of a books smart, suburban Philadelphia cop (Anthony Edwards) who is unfairly reassigned after busting a wealthy businessman (The Thing's David Clennon) with connections to the dangerous inner city precinct where he reluctantly befriends hardened black cop Forest Whitaker. The two butt heads at first understandably and even more so when they plunge into a murder case involving the death of Edwards former suburban partner, his killer and lunatic Joe Pantoliano, and Clennon, who turns out to be shady after all. Taking somewhat of a Lethal Weapon approach, the film surprisingly delivers a lot of violence and death for a buddy cop film, but still manages to throw in plenty of comically-racist jokes and jabs on both ends, though whites tend to get the most in this. Edwards and Whitaker are a good mix together, as well as the rest of the cast, save for Penelope Ann Miller (as Edwards' wife) who is pretty much in a throw-away role. Pantoliano makes for a great, creepy villain, whose comeuppance is a bit wacky but definitely a highlight of this film's violence. Decent direction from Richard Benjamin (My Stepmother is an Alien, The Money Pit). The movie was made in 1990, but still maintains that 80's feel to it. Overall, not the greatest of buddy cop films, but worth a watch if you are a fan of those types. Good stuff.

Jason Duron
Jason Duron

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.

Jeffrey McCurdy
Jeffrey McCurdy

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