Downtown (1990)

Movie


Downtown (1990)

Police Officer Alex Kearney works in a rich, plush suburb of Philadelphia. When 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', pampered, suburban cop is going to get himself, and whoever is assigned as his partner, killed. Detective Dennis Curren, draws the unfortunate 'babysitting' assignment. But when Alex's best friend is killed investigating a stolen car, Alex throws the book out the window tracking down the killer.
USA
IMDb   5.7 /10
TheMovieDb    5.9 /10
RottenTomatoes
FilmAffinity   4.2 /10
Creators
Director Richard Benjamin
Writer Nat Mauldin
Information
Release Date1990-01-11
Runtime1h 36min
GenreAction, Comedy, Crime
Content RatingR (R)
Awards
CompanyPacific Western, Twentieth Century Fox
CountryUSA
LanguageEnglish
Alex Kearneyas Alex Kearney
Dennis Currenas Dennis Curren
Lori Mitchellas Lori Mitchell
Whiteas White
Jerome Sweetas Jerome Sweet
Henry Colemanas Henry Coleman
Mickey Witlinas Mickey Witlin
Lt. Sam Parralas Lt. Sam Parral
Lowell Harrisas Lowell Harris
Luisa Diazas Luisa Diaz
Inspector Ben Glassas Inspector Ben Glass
Christine Currenas Christine Curren
Ryan McWhorter
Ryan McWhorter
Ephraim Cainas Ephraim Cain
Skip Markowitzas Skip Markowitz
Maurice Hill
Maurice Hill
Man with Dogas Man with Dog
Mrs. Sweetas Mrs. Sweet
Kathleen Jean Klein
Kathleen Jean Klein
Dispatcheras Dispatcher

Downtown (film)

Downtown is a 1990 American buddy cop action comedy film directed by Richard Benjamin.


Plot

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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.


Production

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.


Cast

  • 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