|Genre||Action, Comedy, Crime|
|Content Rating||R (R)|
|Company||Pacific Western, Twentieth Century Fox|
Downtown is a 1990 American buddy cop action comedy film directed by Richard Benjamin.
This article needs an improved plot summary. (June 2015)
Police Officer Alex Kearney (Edwards) is a patrolman in Bryn Mawr, a rich plush suburb of Philadelphia until he stops an important businessman and his story of the incident is not believed. He is sent to work Downtown, the most dangerous, crime filled precinct in the city. Everyone there is sure that this 'by the book' suburb pampered cop is going to get himself and whoever is assigned as his partner, killed.
Sergeant Dennis Curren (Whitaker) draws the unfortunate 'babysitting' assignment. When Alex's best friend is killed investigating a stolen car, Alex throws the book out the window tracking down the killer.
Though the plot of the movie references a Philadelphia suburb, Bryn Mawr, most of the exterior filming is done within the City of Philadelphia. The beginning of the film features Cresheim Valley Road, Stenton, and Germantown Avenues. This is in the Mount Airy and Chestnut Hill neighborhoods.
There are a few early scenes that are filmed in and around Los Angeles. The scene where Anthony Edwards pretends to pull over Penelope Ann Miller is filmed on Yale Street, in Claremont, CA. Later portions of the film are in the Fairhill and Norris Square neighborhoods which are now known as "The Badlands" circa 2000. Diamond Street is within this area, but Philadelphia police districts are numbered, not named for streets or neighborhoods. Any Philadelphian would enjoy trying to catch their street in the fast-paced filming.
- Anthony Edwards as Alex Kearney
- Forest Whitaker as Dennis Curren
- Penelope Ann Miller as Lori Mitchell
- Joe Pantoliano as White
- David Clennon as Jerome Sweet
- Art Evans as Henry Coleman
- Rick Aiello as Mickey Witlin
- Roger Aaron Brown as Lt. Sam Parral
- Ron Canada as Lowell Harris
- Wanda De Jesus as Luisa Diaz
- Francis X. McCarthy as Insp. Ben Glass (credited as Frank McCarthy)
- Kimberly Scott as Christine Curren
- Danuel Pipoly as Skip Markowitz
- Vinnie Curto as Mr. Lopez