In anticipation of the release of R.I.P.D aka Men In Black with angels and demons, we’re going to celebrate some of the best police duos that have graced our screens
– from cyborgs to criminals, the wise-cracking and of course Gary Busey. The chalk and cheese cop duo is a movie and tv cliche that has existed for years, what are your favourites? Hit us up on Twitter @spectrecom and let us know with the hashtag #5FTW.
1. Robocop & Lewis – RoboCop
Alex Murphy and Lewis didn’t have a great start to their partnership…but once Murphy was transformed into cyborg vengence machine Robocop they became an unstoppable force. That is until Robo got taken apart in the second film. Apologies for spoilers there. Classic buddy cop line: “Paitence Lewis, we’re only human”.
2. Joe Hallenbeck & Jimmy Dix – The Last Boy Scout
Bruce Willis plays the classic burnt out cop. Damon Wayans plays the classic disgraced athlete. It starts with a brutal rain sequence and contains some of the best ‘Yo Mama’ gags ever. An absolute cult favourite. Classic buddy cop line: “This is the ’90s. You can’t just walk up and slap a guy, you have to say something cool first.”
3. Riggs & Murtaugh – Lethal Weapon
Another classic 80’s partnership here with Danny Glover and Mad Mel portraying two very different cops. Do you check your toilet for bombs every time you visit? Classic buddy cop line: “I’m too old for this shit”.
4. Harry Lockheart & Gay Perry – Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang
A classic murder mystery set in the hideously contrived and fake setting of the LA movie world. Unlikely partners Val Kilmer (gay detective) and Robert Downey Jr. (thief) team up for some action and some searing one liners. Classic buddy cop line: “You don’t get it, do you? This isn’t “good cop, bad cop.” This is fag and New Yorker. You’re in a lot of trouble.”
5. Daniel Morales & Émilien Coutant-Kerbalec – Taxi (1998)
The French film, definitely the French film. Loser cop teams up with ultimate driving machine Daniel to take down some Mercedes wielding back robbers. plenty of fun, farce and femmes in this classic from the continent from the mind of Luc Besson. Classic buddy cop line: “C’est parti!”
Obviously we left SO MANY out. Let us know what you would put in?