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It has probably been 20 years since I last watched this Eddie Murphy action thriller, but as I settled in for a nostalgic evening with Detectives Foley, Taggart and Rosewood, I was stunned at how much of the film’s dialogue came bubbling up from my subconscious. Before long I was quoting along with Murphy & Co. on topics as diverse as coffee grounds, espressos and bananas in the tailpipe, and as a result had a thoroughly enjoyable time. The film relies far more on the comedic talents of Murphy than would be allowed today, where the franchise would probably look more like Bad Boys, but even without set pieces or much stuntwork, things move at a brisk pace nonetheless. Steven Berkoff and Jonathan Banks make menacing villains, while John Ashton and Judge Reinhold are great foils to Murphy’s wise-crackery. Ronny Cox is also good value. In fact, the only real red flag is with the female lead. Whatever happened to Lisa Eilbacher?

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