Arnold Schwarzenegger plays a Russian policeman sent after a Georgian drug dealer who has escaped to the United States and is awaiting extradition in Chicago…
Release Year: 1988
Rating: 5.8/10 (24,217 voted)
Critic's Score: 61/100
Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, James Belushi, Peter Boyle
Arnold Schwarzenegger plays a Russian policeman sent after a Georgian drug dealer who has escaped to the United States and is awaiting extradition in Chicago. Jim Belushi plays his temporary partner on the Chicago police. When the drug dealer escapes, the two police must overcome their differences in order to recapture him.
Writers: Walter Hill, Harry Kleiner
Capt. Ivan Danko
Det. Sgt. Art Ridzik
Cmdr. Lou Donnelly
Viktor 'Rosta' Rostavili
Lt. Charlie Stobbs
(as Larry Fishburne)
Catherine 'Cat' Manzetti
Det. Sgt. Gallagher
Pruitt Taylor Vince
(as Michael Hagerty)
Moscow's toughest detective. Chicago's craziest cop. There's only one thing worse than making them mad. Making them partners.
Release Date: 17 June 1988
Filming Locations: 1579 N Milwaukee Avenue, Wicker Park, West Town, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Did You Know?
The film is dedicated to its stunt coordinator, Bennie E. Dobbins. Dobbins died of a heart attack on the set while staging the film's snow fight scene in Vienna.
Ivan Danko's police uniform is a combination of at least six different uniforms. His hat is a Moscow Commander's Special and he also wears a Parade Band Musician axelbant.
Oh, great. We got a pro basketball team coming toward us – with guns!
So what if it's a cliche
It's a fun action-comedy and that's that! You can make all the arguments
you want. This is definitely not for the discerning viewer. Maybe I'm just
easily satisfied by the buddy cop genre. Plus, I love Arnold
Schwarzenegger's movies, in general. His action scenes are always fun to
watch, and he always seems to come up with great one-liners. In this case,
he spouts out a few dryly humorous lines as his stonefaced Russian
character. Jim Belushi provides most of the laughs, though, as his
unorthodox partner. They both do a good job, though Arnold's Russian accent
seems quite strained. Then again, as the film heats up, you really don't
pay attention to details like that. Also look out for the beautiful Gena
Gershon in an early performance. Those in the mood for "Henry V" should
definitely steer clear. Those in the mood for mindless buddy cop fluff
that'll keep you excited and keep you laughing should check this movie out.
My score: 7 (out of 10)