I must have seen this, many years ago, but nothing looked familiar.
The first thing that hits you when watching this are the racist and sexist jokes, I guess in those days (1982) it didn’t raise many eyebrows.
Nick Nolte was really getting into his part (he played football, basketball, and baseball in college so he was a rough and tumble guy). There was one scene where he chased down Luther (played by David Patrick Kelly, the “Waaaaarriors, come out to plaaaay” guy) and set about getting information out of him. David Patrick Kelly is a small guy and Nick Nolte a large chap, and at one point Nolte was shaking poor Walter around like a rag doll, it was obvious Walter was having a rough time, even Nick looked a bit exerted (see video below).
This was Eddie Murphy’s first film (followed by Trading Places), and while he was funny this was not the Eddie Murphy that we saw in Trading Places or Beverly Hills Cop. It is a pity we haven’t seen Eddie in a starring role for some time now, I rate him quite highly as a comedy actor. There was talk of a Beverly Hills Cop 4, but that seems to be off at the moment.
Reading about this on Wikipedia I found that Clint Eastwood and Richard Pryor were first considered for the two main roles. Clint decided he wanted to play a criminal role so bailed and went on to make Escape from Alcatraz instead. I imagine though that it might have worked just as well with Clint and Richard.
This gets good reviews on the intertubes, most saying it is a great buddy cop film, and I guess my 1982 self would agree, but not these days. It is watchable though.
Date watched: April 4th
Film count 2016: 65
The rag doll business starts at 1:30…