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Showtime (Widescreen Edition)

3.5 out of 5 stars 110 customer reviews

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Book 'em! The excitement revs up and the wit hits the fan when superstars Robert De Niro and Eddie Murphy star in this action/comedy winner about mismatched LAPD partners who become the stars of a reality-TV cop series.

DVD Features:
Audio Commentary:Commmentary by director Tom Dey, producer Jorge Saralegui and editor Billy Weber.
DVD ROM Features:Website/Web Event Links and More!
Extended takes:Uproarious Additional/Extended Scenes, Including Eddie Murphy "Struggling Actor" improvs and the entire premiere party sequence.
Featurette:Go on the set with HBO First Look: The Making of "Showtime."
Filmographies:Cast/director film highlights
Interactive Menus
Scene Access
Theatrical Trailer


Special Features

  • Uproarious additional scenes, including hilarious improvised Eddie Murphy
  • Showtime booth confessionals
  • 3 extended scenes
  • Visit the set with HBO First Look: The Making of Showtime

Product Details

  • Actors: Robert De Niro, Eddie Murphy, Rene Russo, Rachael Harris, Zaid Farid
  • Directors: Tom Dey
  • Writers: Alfred Gough, Jorge Saralegui, Keith Sharon, Miles Millar
  • Producers: Bruce Berman, Channing Dungey, Eric McLeod
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    PG-13
    Parents Strongly Cautioned
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: August 13, 2002
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000069I1H
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,117 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Showtime (Widescreen Edition)" on IMDb

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By Alvin Tanhehco on March 18, 2002
In fact, just by watching the trailers you know what it's going to be about. It's about the pairing of two cops for a TV show. These cops are polar opposites of each other in terms of personality and skill. Each, however, complements the other towards the end, and they solve a big case.
Showtime was meant to be a action-comedy. There was a good mix of both. As usual, you see Eddie Murphy providing comic relief with what he says and does. His role as a patrolman and actor-wannabe lets him shine. He's constantly talking and screwing up. Robert de Niro plays the uptight stuck-up cop who hates change and people.
After a stressful day at work, this movie was great for relaxing and having a few laughs.
LEAP rating (each out of 5):
L (Language) - 3 (no unnecessary cursing)
E (Erotica) - 0 (no romance involved either)
A (Action) - 3 (very tame chase scenes, a lot of talking)
P (Plot) - 1 (non-existent, ok ok, it's very simple)
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Showtime is you normal average buddy cop movie about two complete opposite cop's being parterned with each other againest there will.You've seen that already.Except this time it has two very funny actors(Eddie Murphey,and Robert De Niro)to double the fun.
The Plot:Mitch Preston is a police officer who is very serious about his work and doesn't mess around much.Trey Sellars is a cop who doesn't take his work that serious but he is a entertaining actor.When Mitch shoots a video news camera that is filming a wounded officer the Maxis tv network sues the precient if Mitch doesn't do a relaity tv cop show that Chase Rense a producer came up with.Mitch is stuck and has to do it.
Trey applies for the part as Mitch's partner and gets it.Mitch doesn't like Trey because he treats his job so easily.Mitch and Trey get camera tips from T.J.Hooker(William Shatner playing himself)and Mitch still doesn't take his acting seriouly.On the other hand Trey is doing wonderful and the public love him.
In just about every movie there is a bad guy and in this movie the bad guy has a gun that could do mass detruction.It is a custom made gun that Mitch and Trey have to track down before more people die.
The preveiws made Showtime look like fun movie which it is.Hignlights in the movie include a car chase,the Showtime TV show booth confessionals,and the William Shatner scene.If you think the Showtime commerical's look dumb and your expecting a dumb prediable comendy your wrong.So see Showtime now.
ENJOY!
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If you've seen the trailer for this movie, you pretty much know what to expect, because what you see here is what you get. And even if you haven't seen the previews, it won't take you long to pick up on what you're in for-- specifically, a good time and plenty of laughs-- from this clever satire of "Reality TV" shows and "Buddy Cop" movies, "Showtime," directed by Tom Dey, starring Robert De Niro and Eddie Murphy.
Mitch Preston (De Niro) is a detective with the L.A.P.D., and he's good at what he does; but working a case one night, things suddenly go south when another cop, Trey Sellars (Murphy), inadvertently intervenes, a television news crew shows up and Mitch loses his cool, which results in a lawsuit by the television station that's going to cost the department some big bucks. Except that they may be able to get around it, thanks to Chase Renzi (Rene Russo), who works for the station and likes what she sees in Mitch-- enough to pitch an idea to her boss for a "Reality" cop show, that would feature none other than Mitch Preston, whom Chase sees as a real life "Dirty Harry."
Her boss likes the idea and gives Chase the green light. Now all she has to do is convince Mitch to participate, which shouldn't be too hard, since the station has agreed to drop the lawsuit if he will do the show. But Mitch is a cop, not an actor, and he wants nothing to do with any of it-- that is until he has a heart-to-heart with his boss, Captain Winship (Frankie Faison), who puts Mitch's future into succinct perspective for him. And just like that, the show is on. Oh, yes, there's one more thing; for the show, Mitch is going to need a partner. And who do you suppose they're going to come up with for that? Let's put it this way: Trey Sellars is more than one of the usual suspects.
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This film is mostly fun with some clever humor. It mocks TV reality shows and has good casting. Robert De Niro delivers an entertaining character with some nice touches but Eddie Murphy just sets up one gag after another and then makes faces at the camera - sort of painful to watch. William Shatner is the most fun as he coaches Eddie on how to play a TV cop. The story comes off as confused, an uneasy partnership of wacky comedy and gritty drama, and I would have preferred a more serious treatment of the assault rifle plot line. Other buddy movies have done this better. OK for a cheap rental when you can't find anything else but don't go out of your way to see it.
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This movie is funny and entertaining and doesn't take itself too seriously since it makes fun of other old tired cop movies out there, and surely pokes fun at itself. Murphy is a cop who wants to be an actor. Deniro is a detective who punches out a camera man and is forced to become part of a "cops" like TV show. Murphy auditions and gets the part as his partner and the two couldn't be more different. They rub each other the wrong way and while Murphy is trying to look good on the show to land a big acting job, Deniro is trying to be a typical cop. Its humorous to watch the interaction between the overacting murphy, who represents the typical police drama, and the serious Deniro who represents real cops. In one scene shatner is showing deniro and Murphy how to do some "hood jumping", Murphy pulls it off like a pro and deniro remarks that hood jumping never happens in real life, but later on we find him hanging on to the hood of a car in a high speed chase. I really like deniro and murphy together, and though murphy isn't the best actor, it doesn't really come out in the movie, because he's playing the part of a poor actor trying to act like a "TV" cop the whole time. The only problem I have with the movie is the ending with the camera since its not very believable. The acting is ok, the plot is interesting, but the humor and satirical irony are what kept me interested, and even if you don't "get it" and like simple movies, you'll enjoy and laugh at this one.
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