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Encyclopedia > Buddy cop film

The "Buddy Cop" genre of films are action films with plots involving two men of very different and conflicting personalities who are forced to work together to solve a crime and/or defeat criminals, sometimes learning from each other in the process. Frequently, although not always, the two heroes are of different ethnicities or cultures. Even if the two men have a similar ethnic background, one of them is often "wilder" than the other, a hot-tempered iconoclast paired with a more even-tempered partner. Another frequent plot device of this genre is to have one of the men be removed from his natural element, usually by being forced to operate in a different country. When this is done, the other man acts as a guide to the unfamiliar. Action movies usually involve a fairly straightforward story of good guys versus bad guys, where most disputes are resolved by using physical force. ... An iconoclast originally referred to a person who destroyed icons, that is, sacred paintings or sculpture. ...


Examples

Early pioneers to the buddy film/buddy cop genre include the T.V. series I Spy and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. The I-Spy books were spotters guides written for English children, particularly successful in the 1950s and 60s. ... Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid is a 1969 Western film which tells the story of two lighthearted outlaws who seem more inclined to trade quips than shots. ...


Many consider the 1982 film 48 Hours, starring Eddie Murphy and Nick Nolte, to have started the genre. In that film. 1982 is a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 48 Hours can refer to: The 48 Hours title card, circa 1994 48 Hours is a documentary and news television program broadcast on the CBS television network since 1988. ... Eddie Murphy Edward Regan Eddie Murphy (born April 3, 1961, Brooklyn, New York) is an African American comedian and actor. ... Nicholas King Nolte (born February 8, 1941) is an American model, actor, and producer. ...


As evidenced by 48 Hours, a "Buddy Cop" film need not always involve two policemen. Films that do not specifically involve two cops, but otherwise have many of the characteristics of a Buddy Cop film, are sometimes included as examples of the Buddy Cop genre, or are called members of a larger genre of Buddy films. 48 Hours can refer to: The 48 Hours title card, circa 1994 48 Hours is a documentary and news television program broadcast on the CBS television network since 1988. ...


A subset of the Buddy Cop genre is the Buddy Cop-Dog movie, which uses the same element of unlikely partnership to create comedic hijinks. Examples include Turner and Hooch and K-9. Turner & Hooch is a 1989 comedy film starring Tom Hanks, Mare Winningham, Craig T. Nelson, and Reginald VelJohnson. ... K-9 is a 1989 motion picture comedy which starred James Belushi and Mel Harris. ...


Examples of notable Buddy Cop films are: Beverly Hills Cop, Lethal Weapon, Red Heat, Black Rain, Rising Sun, Starsky & Hutch and Rush Hour. Beverly Hills Cop (1984) is an American action comedy film directed by Martin Brest and starring Eddie Murphy. ... Lethal Weapon is a series of American movies that were released in 1987, 1989, 1992, and 1998, all starring Mel Gibson and Danny Glover as a mismatched pair of Los Angeles police officers. ... Red Heat is a 1988 movie in which Arnold Schwarzenegger plays Russian policeman Ivan Danko. ... Black Rain (黒い雨; kuroi ame) ISBN 087011364X is a 1966 novel by Japanese author Ibuse Masuji. ... Japan is known as the Land of the Rising Sun. ... Starsky & Hutch is a 2004 American comedy/action film directed by Todd Phillips. ... Rush Hour DVD cover Rush Hour is a 1998 martial arts/buddy cop film starring Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker. ...


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Hollywood Homicide (US - DVD R1) in Reviews > Video Discs at DVDActive (1093 words)
Every buddy cop cliché rears its ugly little head during the film, as the search moves at an agonizingly slow pace.
When the cops are investigating a murder, no one cares because the script is too jumbled to make any sense of what is going on from scene to scene.
The film is good for a few laughs as you and your friends get together and poke fun at the ineptness of the script and the laziness of the actors involved.
Buddy cop film - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (430 words)
The "Buddy Cop" genre of films are actions films with plots involving two men of very different and conflicting personalities who are forced to work together to solve a crime and/or defeat criminals, sometimes learning from each other in the process.
These films sometimes also contain a variation on the old good cop/bad cop motif, in which one partner tends to be "kinder" and more understanding but the other partner is a streetwise, "old school" policeman who tends to break (or at least bend) the rules.
Films that do not specifically involve two cops, but otherwise have many of the characteristics of a Buddy Cop film, are sometimes included as examples of the Buddy Cop genre, or are called members of a larger genre of Buddy films.
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