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Midweek Mouth-off: The best buddy cop pairings

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With action comedy The Heat opening this Friday in South Africa – which stars Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy as mismatched law enforcement officers – today we want to know who your favourite buddy cop pairings are in the long American cinematic tradition? Riggs and Murtaugh? Burnett and Lowrey? Angel and Butterman? Let us know below.

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Last Updated: August 21, 2013


  1. Gustav Minnie

    August 21, 2013 at 11:08

    Sort but sweet. Sam Jackson and The Rock in The Other Guys.


    • Gustav Minnie

      August 21, 2013 at 11:16

      Just a few cop buddy movies I really enjoyed.
      Lethal Weapon (best imo), Black Rain, Red Heat, The Last Boy Scout (does it count?), The Other Guys and Chris Tucker/Chan was decent in the Rush Hour movies.


      • Skyblue

        August 21, 2013 at 11:24

        Thought we were talking action/comedy but if not then here are a few that don’t stick to the rules but are awesome movies with cop partnerships:

        Training Day
        End of Watch
        The Guard
        Red Heat


  2. Skyblue

    August 21, 2013 at 11:12

    Riggs and Murtaugh

    Too many great lines but these stuck out:

    “They’ve been de-kaffir-nated!”

    “I’m too old for this shit!”

    Martin Riggs: What I wouldn’t give for a siren right now!
    Roger Murtaugh: [sticking his head out the car window] Aawwwww!


    • Kromas

      August 21, 2013 at 11:35

      Tango and Cash. Also sorta buddy coppish but Sandra and Sly in Demolition man ” So how do the 3 seashells work” 😛


      • Skyblue

        August 21, 2013 at 12:18

        I still haven’t figured it out…


        • Kromas

          August 21, 2013 at 13:00

          No one has.


    • Justin Hess

      August 21, 2013 at 12:02

      Wait, is that really what is said in that line? That can’t be.


      • Skyblue

        August 21, 2013 at 12:15

        Yup, Lethal Weapon 2 at the end of the movie. The whole SA connection thing was really funny and that line prob only got laughs in SA.

        Also loved it when Joss Ackland asked the main henchman Pieter:
        “What are you doing man?”
        “I was just checking to see if I was standing on plastic.”


  3. Lourens Corleone

    August 21, 2013 at 11:27

    Die Hard with a Vengeance


  4. Gustav Willem Diedericks

    August 21, 2013 at 11:35

    Bad Boys’ Martin Lawrence and Will Smith is a worthy mention, but Riggs and Murtaugh for Lethal Weapon was the best for me.


  5. Lardus-Respect the beard

    August 21, 2013 at 11:50

    Lethal Weapon

    Hot Fuzz

    Bad Boys

    Rush Hour


  6. James Francis

    August 21, 2013 at 12:38

    Glad to see Red Heat get a few mentions.

    48 Hours, Showtime and most of the films mentioned below.


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