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Rent-A-Cop 1988

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4.0 out of 5 stars (33) IMDb 4.3/10

A crusty Chicago cop is forced to turn in his badge when he is wrongly accused of being in cahoots with a sinister, murderous, drug dealer. Subsequently, the cop is "rented" by a kooky call girl, whom the pusher wishes to kill. Hijinks ensue when the mismatched duo team up, and attempt to nab the nefarious villain themselves.

Starring:
Burt Reynolds, Liza Minnelli
Runtime:
1 hour, 36 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Thriller, Action, Comedy
Director Jerry London
Starring Burt Reynolds, Liza Minnelli
Supporting actors James Remar, Richard Masur, Dionne Warwick, Bernie Casey, Robby Benson, John Stanton, John P. Ryan, Larry Dolgin, Roslyn Alexander, Cyrus Elias, JoBe Cerny, Joe Greco, Ned Schmidtke, Rick Le Fevour, Mary Ann Thebus, John Shannon, Mickey Knox, Martin Dansky
Studio Lionsgate
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly Details
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I'm glad this is resurfacing. "Rent A Cop" is the movie LizaMinnelli most regrets making (she sez), but she has nothing to atonefor: this is a rollicking, vivacious star turn, by far the best thing in the picture. Burt has his moments but seems fatigued at times, and Dionne Warwick is simply bad (although she looks fab). Robby Benson has a few funny scenes. Jerry Goldsmith's terrific score is out of print ....
Many people remember this movie as the one that garned Liza a Worst Actress Razzie award in 1989 (shared with "Arthur 2"), but no one seems to remember that she actually received rave reviews from Variety and the New York Times for this performance. The Razzies like high-profile marks, it seems. Look for Bette Midler and Madonna to duke it out for that award next year (for "Isn't She Great" and "The Next Best Thing", respectively). Haven't seen Madonna's flick, but in Bette's case, the honor(?) would be well deserved.
Anyway, if you're a Liza buff and you've never seen "Rent A Cop", give it a whirl. She gets all the best lines, looks great (if a tad heavy) and breathes a lotta life into a formula action flick.
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By A Customer on March 30, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
When I realized this was an action movie I said to myself "I have to see this" Liza Minelli as Della Roberts dodging bullets and taking a stabbing (not to mention shooting a gun) was something else, WAY different from other roles. I wasn't really happy with Burt Reynolds performance as Tony Church but we can't win them all. Overall Minelli's performance was just spectacular, (I was a bit surprised hearing her swear) she is truly an actress.
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By A Customer on July 28, 2002
Format: DVD
Liza struts her stuff in this watchable 'action' movie. A police detective is accused of masterminding a chain of killings. Liza is the damsel in distress and Burt Reynolds is the good cop. Funny 80's wardrobe & soundtrack. Watch out for Dionne Warwick as Beth...
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This is an 80's movie I had totally forgotten about. I took a chance and purchased it ( at a very low price) and was not disappointed. There's nothing new here and the pairing of Burt and Liza seemed very odd. He playing a disgraced cop (nothing new for Burt during the 80's) and Liza playing a prostitute ( strange choice, but she pulls it off) who witnesses a murder of several cops. She hires him to be her personal bodyguard and help solve the crime and The Odd Couple a la Burt and Liza begins. He's very old fashioned and not willing to change and she's a bit annoying, talking all the time, trying to change him. ( whether it's Liza or her character Della that's annoying is up to the viewer, but she does grow on you.) What I liked about this film is that it's your typical 80's cop action movie without too many annoying, confusing twists and no CGI crap. The character's are likeable and the action scenes are fun and believable. Also, the chemistry between Burt and LIza also grows on the viewer and you find yourself rooting for them. Worth a view if you have 90 minutes and want some good 80's fun with Burt and Liza.
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It's unarguable that "Rent-A-Cop" is a trite formulaic exercise that wallows in cop movie clichés. The reason I recommend it is for the indelible kinetic chemistry between Burt Reynolds and Liza Minnelli. Burt's world weary good-ole-boy shtick and Liza's bubbly hyperactivity emit sparks not unlike those demonstrated in a previously maligned flick from the Seventies, "Lucky Lady". This is an instance where you ignore the naysayers and enjoy the movie. Another undeserving film assigned the "BOMB" rating by the Leonard Maltin movie guide.
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As a product.... only 2 points... There is a pleasurable 80`s soundtrack(I first saw it in the theatre when I was in the military, the spring of 1988), but the highlight is Liza Minnelli in her best comic turn and with her good lines - she delivers PLENTY:-)))))))))))))))))
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I did not like this film. Acting seemed forced - like Burt & LIza were forced together. The story was very predictable and not very funny. My Mom (she is a Baby-Boomer) loves this moving. She thought it was cute and funny.
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A humorous action thriller, this movie is well done and fun to watch. Liza does a great job playing a bimbo - funny lines, good acting . . . and she looks great. Burt is his usual - but there's real chemistry between the two.

As a comedy, I highly recommend it. As a thriller, it's also pretty good . . .
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