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Cop and a Half (1993)

Burt Reynolds , Ray Sharkey , Henry Winkler  |  PG |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Burt Reynolds, Ray Sharkey, Norman D. Golden II, Ruby Dee, Holland Taylor
  • Directors: Henry Winkler
  • Writers: Arne Olsen
  • Producers: Paul Maslansky
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: January 5, 1999
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00000G3TN
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #124,905 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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    Meet the Tampa Police Department's newest recruit: He's fearless. He's relentless. He's...eight years old! Director Henry Winkler serves up a hilarious action-packed treat the whole family will love, starring Burt Reynolds and introducing Norman D. Golden II. Young Devon Butler (Golden) is obsessed with being a cop. Whether he's memorizing lingo from Miami Vice or tailing "suspects" on the playground, this kid knows all the moves. And when Devon witnesses a murder, he's eager to share what he knows with the police - for a price. In exchange, Devon demands to be made a cop - complete with badge, handcuffs and cool shades. Saddled with a pint-sized squad car sidekick, hard-boiled detective Nick McKenna (Reynolds) is not happy. But when the crooks come gunning for the boy, Nick and Devon become real partners as they race against time to bring the bad guys to justice. This "arresting" comedy from Imagine Films promises to capture the imaginations and tickle the funny bones of parents and children alike...over and over again!

    When Burt Reynolds made his welcome comeback in Boogie Nights, he was doing his best to distance himself from the painful memory of movies like this unbearable 1993 comedy, which is almost saved by its generic good nature. Reynolds plays a seasoned cop teamed with an 8-year-old kid who dreams of someday wearing a real detective's badge. The movie takes place in Tampa, Florida, where little Devon Butler (Norman D. Golden II) witnesses a crime and is questioned by police for details. He'll tell what he knows, but only if he's allowed to be a cop for a while. The kid-hating Reynolds ends up the kid's reluctant partner. It's all done as a lark, of course, but the kid turns out to be a pretty good crime-fighter, and Reynolds comes to care for him when things get rough on their latest case. This ridiculous premise is every bit as contrived as it sounds. If you don't buy into it, Cop and a Half is about as enjoyable as a bout of influenza. If you can go with the flow, however (and that takes some effort), you may find yourself enjoying the chemistry between Reynolds and his half-pint partner. Director Henry Winkler makes it clear that it's all in the spirit of good, clean (and painfully formulaic) fun. Some will call it "cute," so let's not spoil their fun by suggesting otherwise. --Jeff Shannon

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    17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars The Human Complex March 19, 1999
    By A Customer
    Format:VHS Tape
    Subtle and engrossing film study on human interaction in the face of internal and external conflict. Nick McKenna (Burt Reynolds) must come to grips with a life-long intolerance rooted in agism and perhaps even racism when he is forced to partner up with young witness Devon Butler (Norman D. Golden II). Butler, a young African-American man in the south, has issues of his own to deal with, issues that a white male member of the police force could not possibly understand. His is a somewhat underwritten role, but the Black-White dichotomy is directed beautifully by upstart director Henry Winkler (Fonzie of television's "Happy Days"). Make no mistake, however, this is Reynolds' movie, and the part seems to be written for him. The adaptation that McKenna undergoes over the course of this film is on one level charming but also moving. The turbulent and violent finale is somewhat derivative of Kurosawa, but like his work it will stick with you for days.
    Burt Reynolds dares once again to defy the constricts of genre, this time putting the cop-buddy motif on it's ear. He proves once again that he is one of the great character actors of our time. Newcomer Norman D. Golden II is sensational as Devon Butler. His role is to both provoke and nurture change in Reynolds' character. This is a tall order for a screen rookie, but it works. The chemistry that evolves, and the unspoken trust that it in turn provides, is well-paced and believable. If nothing else, this movie is as real as the complex human condition residing within all of us.
    My only reservation in not giving this film five stars is that it was not allowed to be shot in the grainy black and white that Winkler had envisioned. The studio chiefs at Universal certainly missed out on this.
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    5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A film and a half! May 28, 2006
    You have to question the judgement of reviewers such as Brooke 276 and Russell A Shiley who have given negative reviews to this classic piece of movie history. Perhaps they thought they were being funny giving negative reviews to an obviously excellent film? If the front cover, in which a small child is forcing the always excellent Burt Reynolds to wear some handcuffs as an amusing pair of comedy spectacles isn't funny enough in itself (it is) then nearly two hours of seeing why employing an 8 year old as a Los Angeles policeman would be a bad idea ought to be enough to convince even the most hardened cynic of the genius of this production. Go and buy this film now - you won't be disappointed!
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Cop a load of this! January 10, 2006
    Ideal for people who will watch anything with Burt Reynolds in it, or for anyone considering the pros and cons of hiring a mischievous child as a sidekick.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Mini Detective October 9, 2008
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    I REALLY enjoy this movie. Little Devon Butler (played by Norman D. Golden II) gets bullied in school by two older guys whose favorite objective is to dunk him upside down into the toilet. Devon's favorite thing to do is play cop and dirtbag with his friend Ray Sanchez. Mr. Fleming is the school principal who thinks Devon is lying about the bullies and calls Devon's grandmother (his only guardian). Devon asks Fleming not to bother his grandmother (played by Ruby Dee) because she works hard as a nurse doing double shifts. This does not move Fleming who tells Devon "you will never learn and I will have done you a great injustice." Devon wants to be a cop so that he can take care of his grandmother. He makes sure she has her police whistle when she goes off to work.

    One day Devon and Sanchez see a real detective, Nick McKenna (played by Burt Reynolds), apprehend a suspect by running him down with his car because he "hates to run" and Nick ties him to the car and makes him run alongside back to the police station. Devon is impressed with Nick.

    One evening Devon follows the car of Nick's suspect to a warehouse where some small-time gangsters led by Mr. Falcon, a wannabe 50s singer, rub out the suspect. Devon is hiding in the rafters and witnesses his demise - AND Falcon's distinct shoes but not his face. Nick is on the case and Devon won't give any information to the police unless they make him a cop.

    Devon ends up riding with Nick as they hunt down suspects. When the bad guys find out about Devon, Falcon visits his grandmother while posing as a new school counselor. Grandmother thinks this has something to do with Devon's antics at school. Falcon asks whether Devon recognizes him and Devon says no.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Kids Film March 9, 2007
    I remember watching this movie when it 1st came out in theaters. It was a good movie then and it's a good movie now:) I had my kids watch Cop and a Half for the 1st time last year and it's mega favorite of theirs as well:) love it love it love it!
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    8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars THE TIGHTEST MOVIE EVER! February 9, 2000
    By Rebecca
    Format:VHS Tape
    Well there has never been a finer movie ever made! The quality of scenes like the Twinkie fight of when Devon gets his head in the toilet are simply some of the most classic ever. And Burt Reynolds? Ooh, easily his best work to date. I love the grandma and especially Reynolds lump milk and his extremly "good aim"!
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    4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Fun for all the family! December 27, 2005
    I'd like to give Russell A Shiley a piece of my mind for only giving this film 1 star. Have you ever made an action packed family comedy that all ages will enjoy Mr Shiley? ....I rest my case.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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    Published 14 days ago by Derrill L. Pope
    5.0 out of 5 stars I love it.
    I love it.... I've been looking everywhere for this movie..... The delivery was right on time. I highly recommend movie mars
    Published 3 months ago by tyishia
    5.0 out of 5 stars movie
    Movie was bought as a gift for my Son for Christmas. I am replacing all his VHS tapes with DVD's They arrived in good condition an on time. Thank you.
    Published 4 months ago by Tari Grant
    5.0 out of 5 stars great movie
    This is a great movie! I love it very nice story. I would recommend..I was also happy that I received it early
    Published 7 months ago by Alicia
    4.0 out of 5 stars A good laugh!
    The humor was simple but cute. The child played his part very well. My 7 year old loved it! We bought it to have for many other nights of laughter.
    Published 9 months ago by Brenda
    5.0 out of 5 stars Cop and a Half
    A very funny movie showing how by letting people into your life can change your life competely. An excellent movie
    Published 9 months ago by Debbie Potter
    1.0 out of 5 stars BAD BAD BAD
    COP AND A HALF Release Date: 4/2/1993 Runtime: 97 Minutes

    STARRING: Cop and a Half is a 1993 family/comedy film directed by Henry Winkler, and starring Burt Reynolds and... Read more
    Published 9 months ago by Gary L. Dibert
    5.0 out of 5 stars very cute movie
    The arrival time was incredibly quick. This was a gift my son and he has not moved it away from DVD yet.
    Published 9 months ago by ladyt
    5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Family Movie
    This is a very fun family movie. The ultimate kid vote of approval--my kids have watched it a dozen times! and would watch it again. Read more
    Published 12 months ago by Taylor DT.
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie for Burt Reynolds. I loved this movie a lot. It was brand...
    This movie was filmed in Tampa, Fl with the Tampa, FL police department directed by Henry Winkler. He's a very famous director for lots of movies and tv shows. Read more
    Published 13 months ago by Chris Harvey
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