Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
USA, 1987. Warner Bros., Silver Pictures. Screenplay by Shane Black. Cinematography by Stephen Goldblatt. Produced by Richard Donner, Joel Silver. Music by Eric Clapton, Michael Kamen. Production Design by J. Michael Riva. Costume Design by Mary Malin. Film Editing by Stuart Baird.
The highly successful buddy-cop franchise got its start in this fun action adventure. Mel Gibson stars as a burnt-out cop whose mourning over his dead wife has caused him to be reckless in his work. His superiors partner him up with aging family man Danny Glover in the hopes that the partnership will level the two of them out. Their eccentricities end up becoming their strengths when they are investigating the mysterious suicide-death of a rich man’s daughter that leads towards a drug smuggling operation that our heroes uncover. Lots of high-octane action sequences and dangerous situations before the big finish, all pulled off with very classy stunt work and hilarious wisecracks from the stars. Glover’s famous ‘I’m too old for this shit’ line ended up becoming a staple of the series.
Academy Award Nomination: Best Sound