Cop and a Half

4.11 h 33 min1993X-RayPG
When a savvy eight-year-old witnesses a murder, a hard-boiled detective (Burt Reynolds) finds himself saddled with a pint-sized sidekick in this "arresting" family comedy!
Henry Winkler
Rocky GiordaniRalph WilcoxRuby Dee
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Marc MacaulayBurt ReynoldsTom McCleisterFrank SiveroNorman D. Golden IIRay SharkeyHolland Taylor
Paul Maslansky
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4.7 out of 5 stars

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ace8Reviewed in the United States on October 18, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
A total sleeper- must watch!
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We thought this would be terrible but it was fantastic. As a young person I wasn't a big fan of Burt Reynolds but I developed an appreciation of him after watching this film. My family has watched so many movies together but I think this is going to go down as one of our favorites-including all of the great Disney films. I recommend you watch this warm and funny film.
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L. YoungReviewed in the United States on October 9, 2008
5.0 out of 5 stars
Mini Detective
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I REALLY enjoy this movie. Little Devon Butler (played by Norman D. Golden II) gets bullied in school by two older guys whose favorite objective is to dunk him upside down into the toilet. Devon's favorite thing to do is play cop and dirtbag with his friend Ray Sanchez. Mr. Fleming is the school principal who thinks Devon is lying about the bullies and calls Devon's grandmother (his only guardian). Devon asks Fleming not to bother his grandmother (played by Ruby Dee) because she works hard as a nurse doing double shifts. This does not move Fleming who tells Devon "you will never learn and I will have done you a great injustice." Devon wants to be a cop so that he can take care of his grandmother. He makes sure she has her police whistle when she goes off to work.

One day Devon and Sanchez see a real detective, Nick McKenna (played by Burt Reynolds), apprehend a suspect by running him down with his car because he "hates to run" and Nick ties him to the car and makes him run alongside back to the police station. Devon is impressed with Nick.

One evening Devon follows the car of Nick's suspect to a warehouse where some small-time gangsters led by Mr. Falcon, a wannabe 50s singer, rub out the suspect. Devon is hiding in the rafters and witnesses his demise - AND Falcon's distinct shoes but not his face. Nick is on the case and Devon won't give any information to the police unless they make him a cop.

Devon ends up riding with Nick as they hunt down suspects. When the bad guys find out about Devon, Falcon visits his grandmother while posing as a new school counselor. Grandmother thinks this has something to do with Devon's antics at school. Falcon asks whether Devon recognizes him and Devon says no. Once Devon sees the shoes, he knows Falcon is a bad guy and yells for his grandmother when Falcon leaves, who overhears Devon.

Devon moves in with Nick for protection but Nick gets overwhelmed at the responsibility of caring for a kid so another cop who has kids gets Devon. The two are doing a radar trap and Fleming drives by 3 miles over the limit. Devon insists they stop him. The cop pulls over Fleming and Devon gets to issue the ticket. Fleming wants to explain his side to get out of the ticket but the 8-year-old with a badge repeats what Fleming told him at school: "you will never learn and I will have done you a great injustice."

Falcon's boys see Devon walking back to the police car and try to run him down with their car. Nick sees them aiming for him from a distance and runs to push Devon out of the way "just like Miami Vice." Nick and Devon are partners again and roust a biker bar. Nick asks around looking for their suspect Bobo while Devon is having "a milk ... in a dirty glass." Bobo gets away on a motorcycle.

The next morning Nick wakes up and finds Devon gone. Panicked, he runs outside asking if anyone's seen him. Up walks Devon who went to get donuts for breakfast. Nick yells at him for going off and Devon yells back that he doesn't want Nick to be his father or his partner and gets away from Nick. Devon ends up at school to get handcuffs from his locker and runs into the two bullies. Devon tells them that he is on police business. The bullies carry Devon to the playground and drops him into the sandbox as the other kids are coming out for recess. This time, Devon fights his way out using a technique he learned from Nick and handcuffs the bullies to the playground fence.

Along comes Falcon's boys to the school looking for Devon. Devon gets the schoolyard kids to create a diversion so he could get away. But, Devon hides in their car. When Sanchez calls Devon on the walkie-talkie, they discover him.

Falcon's boys take Devon back to the warehouse and Falcon where they plan to do away with him. Nick follows Bobo to the warehouse, bursts in and saves Devon and gets the crooks after a great boat chase. Devon, his grandmother and Nick live happily ever after.

This movie has good-hearted humor and a great story. It's one of those movies that everyone in the family can enjoy and one that I could watch over and over. The featurette on the making of the movie is also entertaining.
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Kristina AHReviewed in the United States on March 5, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
From my childhood...
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What a great, clean movie. I used to watch this as a child and recently watched it with my own. He enjoyed it. We've been on a Burt-binge lately. :)
M5Reviewed in the United States on May 14, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Classic comedy
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Had a itchin to watch this timeless classic. Found it on Amazon, awesome!! Always an enjoyable flick.
J. LarsenReviewed in the United States on February 22, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
A Classic Comedy about a Boy and his Detective
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This was a great family comedy of a boy who wants to be a police officer and the Detective who needs a fun and dependable partner. The behind the scenes segment was my favorite. Rest in Peace Burt Reynolds.
Hull.candaceReviewed in the United States on December 16, 2018
1.0 out of 5 stars
Poor picture quality, very pixelated
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I love this movie but the picture quality looks like someone recorded it on there phone or another device and then burned it to a disc, I get better picture quality watching it live on tv than I do trying to watch this movie it’s very pixelated worse than normal
Life2shortReviewed in the United States on October 7, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great Family Movie 🍿😊
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This is one of my favorite nastalgic childhood movies. It's still entertaining to watch. Now that I'm older some of the sense are a bit corny but overall, It's an great movie for the whole family.
Gary L. DibertReviewed in the United States on January 13, 2014
1.0 out of 5 stars
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COP AND A HALF Release Date: 4/2/1993 Runtime: 97 Minutes

STARRING: Cop and a Half is a 1993 family/comedy film directed by Henry Winkler, and starring Burt Reynolds and Norman D. Golden II. Cop and a Half was actor Ray Sharkey's final film.

SUMMARY: Meet the Tampa Police Department newest recruit: He's fearless. He's relentless. He's…eight years old! Director Henry Winkler serves up a hilarious, action packed treat the whole family will love, starring Burt Reynolds and introducing Norman D. Golden the second. Young Devon Butler is obsessed with being a cop. Whether he's memorizing lingo from Miami Vice or tailing suspects on the playground, this kid knows all the moves. In addition, when Devon witnesses a murder, he's eager to share what he knows with the police-for a price. In exchange, Devon demands to be made a cop-complete with badge, handcuffs and cool shades. Saddled with a pint sized squad car sidekick, hard-boiled detective Nick McKenna is not happy. However, when the crooks come gunning for the boy, Nick and Devon become real partners as they race against time to bring the bad guys to justice. This arresting comedy from Imagine films promises to capture the imagination and tickle the funny bones of parents and children alike…repeatedly!

QUESTIONS: There weren't questions to ask

MY THOUGHTS: This movie was really bad and I give it 1 weasel star
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