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Movie propaganda

Lights. Camera. Aggravation.

When no-nonsense LAPD detective Mitch Preston (Robert De Niro) is forced to star in a reality-based television show with a frustrated actor-turned-LAPD-patrolman Trey Sellars (Eddie Murphy), they find their lives turned upside down by powerhouse producer Chase Renzi (Rene Russo) and her very intrusive camera crew.

Persons of interest

  • Robert De Niro .... Detective Mitch Preston
  • Eddie Murphy .... Detective Trey Sellars
  • Rene Russo .... Chase Renzi
  • Pedro Damián .... Ceasar Vargas
  • Mos Def .... Lazy Boy
  • Frankie Faison .... Captain Winship
  • William Shatner .... Himself
  • Nestor Serrano .... Ray
  • Drena De Niro .... Annie
  • Linda Hart .... Waitress
  • TJ Cross .... ReRun
  • Judah Friedlander .... Julio
  • Kadeem Hardison .... Kyle
  • Peter Jacobson .... Brad Slocum
  • Jorge Saralegui .... Storywriter
  • Keith Sharon .... Screenwriter
  • Alfred Gough .... Screenwriter
  • Miles Millar .... Screenwriter
  • Tom Dey .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

Showtime takes the standard detective story (grumpy, old fart teams up with wild, young guy) and puts it on TV. Reality TV. A movie about a Reality TV show about movie cops. Ed-TV meets Dirty Harry.

Where Showtime falls down is the clichés. There are more clichés than you can shake a stick at. Eddie Murphy plays Eddie Murphy, Robert De Niro plays Robert De Niro (he's getting quite good at that now) while Rene Russo is a bit of TV fluff who also plays the sexy, young potential love interest for the ugly, old guy (Robert has never been what anyone would call handsome). The two cop characters overcome their differences and team up to solve the crime that no-one else can solve (Robert's character even gets suspended from the force!) involving - gosh! - an inside man! Imagine: a crooked cop!

Showtime is a loose piece of mindless drivel held together by gags and one-liners, which can be quite a lot of fun if you want to switch off your mind and dribble a bit. Love it or hate it, take your pick.

Features a blooper reel during the closing credits.

Security censorship classification

M (Low level violence, low level coarse language)

Surveillance time

95 minutes (1:35 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 28 March 2002
DVD rental: 18 September 2002

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