Jealous colleagues conspire to get a top London cop transferred to a small town and paired with a witless new partner. On the beat, the pair stumble upon a series of suspicious accidents and events.
Release Year: 2007
Rating: 7.9/10 (171,290 voted)
Critic's Score: 81/100
Stars: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Martin Freeman
Top London cop, PC Nicholas Angel is good. Too good. And to stop the rest of his team looking bad, he is reassigned to the quiet town of Sandford. He is paired with Danny Butterman, who endlessly questions him on the action lifestyle. Everything seems quiet for Angel, until two actors are found decapitated. It is called an accident, but Angel isn't going to accept that, especially when more and more people turn up dead. Angel and Danny clash with everyone, whilst trying to uncover the truth behind the mystery of the apparent "accidents".
Writers: Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg
Met Chief Inspector
PC Danny Butterman
Tom Strode Walton
Underage Drinker #1
Underage Drinker #2
Underage Drinker #3
In a town where nothing much goes on, a whole lot is about to go down
Release Date: 14 February 2007
Filming Locations: Barn Theatre, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, England, UK
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: £5,918,149
(18 February 2007)
(22 July 2007)
Did You Know?
Bill Bailey plays two different characters in the film. One of the characters reads "Complicity" by Iain Banks, while the other reads two novels by Iain M. Banks. They are in fact all written by the same author (Iain Banks), the "M" simply shows that the books are science-fiction rather than normal fiction. (One of the Iain M. Banks books is "The State Of The Art"). This split is clearly supposed to symbolize differences in the two characters' personalities.
When Nick arrests Danny for drink driving he simply throws him in a cell and leaves him to be dealt with in the morning when he has sobered up. In reality he would have had to book him in with the custody Sergeant, establishing his identity and taking mugshots, fingerprints etc before making him take a drink drive breath test to see if he was over the limit.
[Mr. Skinner has tripped and landed with his chin impaled on a miniature church spire at the model village]
Ow! Thish really hurtsh… I'm gonna need shome ice-creeeem.
How you Top Shaun of The Dead
I was lucky enough to see a preview of this film for free after I
attended a random screening of Scorcese's the Departed. Naturally
hearing that the makers of Shaun of the Dead were behind this I had to
go see it – if a group of people can make a romantic comedy with
zombies, then a buddy cop film HAD to inventive and original.
I can safely say that it was. I haven't laughed as hard in a film as I
did with Hot Fuzz. The parts are all cast brilliantly – in particular
Pegg and Frost as the two lead police officers.
Pegg bringing the smart, intelligent, action hardened London cop to the
sleep north England village works in a classic fish out of water
scenario. It surprised me with it's direction and I will confess I
couldn't have predicted how everything would pan out.
When this is fully released I urge you to go and see it.