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A spoof of buddy cop movies where two very different cops are forced to team up on a new reality based T.V. cop show.

Release Year: 2002

Rating: 5.4/10 (29,112 voted)

Critic's Score: 32/100

Tom Dey

Stars: Robert De Niro, Eddie Murphy, Rene Russo

LAPD Detective Sergeant Mitch Preston cares only about doing his job and nailing crooks. LAPD Patrol Officer Trey Sellars joined the force as a day job until his acting career took off. During an undercover drug buy Mitch was working that Trey botched by calling in for backup and drawing media attention, Mitch's partner is shot with a very exotic 12-gauge automatic weapon; Mitch then shoots the video camera out of the hands of a reporter filming the action when the cameraman refused to shut it down. Faced with a $10 million lawsuit, the department agrees to let producer Chase Renzi film Mitch's investigation for a new reality TV show, and constantly tries to make everything more "viewer friendly" by changing everything about Mitch's life to fit the stereotypical view of police officers–and partners him with Trey.

Writers: Jorge Saralegui, Keith Sharon


Robert De Niro

Det. Mitch Preston

Rachael Harris


(as Rachel Harris)

Eddie Murphy

Officer Trey Sellars

Zaid Farid

Police Captain Ben

Alex Borstein

Casting Director

Holly Mandel


Marshall Manesh

Convenience Store Owner

Nestor Serrano


T.J. Cross


(as TJ Cross)

Mos Def

Lazy Boy

James Roday

'Showtime' Cameraman

Joel Hurt Jones

Reporter #1

Chris Harrison

Reporter #2

Perri Peltz

Reporter #3

Amy Powell

Reporter #4

Lights. Camera. Aggravation.


Official Website:
Warner Bros [Germany] |
Warner Bros [United States] |

Release Date: 15 March 2002

Filming Locations: Los Angeles, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $85,000,000


Opening Weekend: $15,011,430
(17 March 2002)
(2917 Screens)

Gross: $37,948,765
(27 May 2002)

Technical Specs



Did You Know?


A Russian SAIGA auto-shotgun that appeared in the film was later heavily modified into Jayne Cobb's "Callahan Fullbore Autolock, with the customized trigger and double cartridge thorough-gage" for the short running Firefly Series. Her name was Vera.


The timecodes in the camera that Trey uses change several times.


Detective Mitch Preston:
What are you gonna do, wrap me up in caution tape Top Cop ?

User Review

A fun film, and it even has Robert De Niro

Rating: 7/10

I cannot understand why so many
people did not like this film. Robert
De Niro was on top of his game,
delivering his lines with such aplomb,
one has to believe this is his everyday
demeanor. Granted, the film seemed
to take on many buddy-film conventions
while trying to make fun of the concept,
it goes without saying this film was
genuinely funny. From the police dog,
to the fact Eddie Murphy didn't annoy
the heck out of me, this film is a real
keeper. Rene Russo also evened out
the rest of the cast perfectly, establishing
her role so it does not interfere with the
budding relationship between De Niro
and Murphy.