Blue Streak (film)
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|Directed by||Les Mayfield|
|Produced by||Neal H. Moritz
|Screenplay by||Stephen Carpenter|
|Story by||Michael Berry
|Music by||Edward Shearmur|
|Edited by||Michael Tronick|
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
|September 17, 1999|
Blue Streak is a 1999 film, directed by Les Mayfield with Martin Lawrence. The director has also directed other famous films, including the remake of Miracle on Thirty-fourth Street in 1994. In addition to the Lawrence film also other famous actors including Dave Chappelle, Luke Wilson and Peter Greene.
The film comes in theaters September 17, 1999 in first place in the rankings of North America. The film earned at the box office of $60 million, and has therefore been a huge success since it has almost doubled its production costs. In 2003 began work on a sequel, but it was never realized, and was deleted from the projects of Columbia Pictures.
Even the soundtrack was very successful, and when it was made is certified platinum. In the soundtrack are artists such as Ja Rule, Jay-Z, Kelly Price and others. The "song of the film" Girl's best friend Jay-Z. The song gained a lot both in radio and television.
The film was shot in California. The first took place in the studios of Sony Pictures Entertainment located in Culver City
A gang of thieves formed by Miles Logan, Tulley, Deacon and Eddy are going to steal a large diamond. Tulley ago from pole in the car, Deacon off the alarm and Eddy and Miles enter the building where the mineral. They enter in the ventilation to avoid being taken dalletelecamere. One of them is faulty and attracts an overseer in the area where the thieves are entering a code to enter. Fortunately the guard does not see them and walks away. Arrived in front of the safe they drill the closure and cut the wires inside to trigger the lock. While Miles opens the safe Eddy returns from Deacon. Upon arriving, the Deacon pulls a gun, saying that the value of the diamond (17 million) draws him too, and shoots him causing him to fall from the roof of a police car which Tulley had not noticed. Tulley decides to run away in the car. Deacon Miles warns that many agents began to arrive, so it runs away in a hurry from the building managed to avoid the security guards. Arrived on the roof located Deacon who threatens him with a gun and asked him to give him the diamond. Miles is obviously shocked, and after that the traitor grabs a bag into believing that there is the stone runs in the adjacent yard with a rope. Just come even helicopters, try to do it even Miles you see block the road from his former accomplice eyepatch deception. To be able to escape cuts the rope going to end up on the lower level of the building site. Deacon tries to reach him, but the thief had time to get into the air ducts without being seen. Being afraid of being taken Deacon escapes, while Miles attacks the diamond with tape inside the duct so that even if he could take him retrieve it at a later time. As it exits from the ducts a dog notices him and is arrested. Before being taken away law 3rd floor in the ear and the intersection where it is in the pipeline: Grand Av - 5th Street and also sees the corpse of Eddy on a police car. He is sentenced to two years in prison.
After getting out of prison the first thought of Miles is going to visit his girlfriend, who left him when she resisted his life as delinquent she did not know. Then back now to resume diamond in what once was a building site and which has now become a police department. Miles does not know how to behave in this case, and seeing that a boy was carrying a lunch at home to the agents, is the idea of dressing up as men of the pizzas to hand a three on the third floor, where dealing with robberies and murders. Returned to the police with the pizzas try to get to deliver them, but the entrance to stop him because there is no pizza in the daily log of orders. To avoid leaving the policeman at the entrance to the pizzas and to gain time trying to prolong the conversation, when he sees that an agent is entering within the department and with the excuse to deliver pizzas to him, he slips the card recognition from the hands and leaves.
At this point it should be by a friend specializing in forgery, Lou, to ask him a fake ID card based on that stolen and a curriculum detective just moved. Just had the curriculum and the card comes in the department with the intention to quit after just one hour. Just when you are about to enter an air duct to recover the diamond is interrupted by a thug who managed to get off the handcuffs by an agent. Miles stops him, then draws the attention on him, posing as a mysterious agent named Malone. Lieutenant Rizzo asks the curriculum and assigns it to the agent Carlson, just promoted and still inexperienced. The two arrive by Frank, a man who claims to have suffered the theft of 36 rims $5,000 reconstructing the dynamics of the theft. Malone at this point, however, destroys his theory as unrealistic from his point of view, and suspecting that Frank wanted to defraud insurance opens his truck inside the rims of which had reported stolen, so Carlson is even more convinced of the skill of Malone.
During the return trip can be found in front of a car accident and, finding it to be important, Malone enters a convenience store to buy some aspirin. After entering the shop comes a robber who hires a shootout with the clerk. Holding the robber at gunpoint Malone says the phrase The calm is all he uses very often, so the robber and turns out to be Tulley, his former colleague. Tulley out the back door, which on an alley blocked by a police car, so hiding behind a dumpster. Fearing that it could kill Malone decides to talk to him. Tulley decides to surrender in exchange for a night in jail and $20,000. Just returned to the central Miles was appointed chief detective Lieutenant Rizzo.
After entering the air duct Miles discovers that the diamond is detached from the adhesive tape due to a flooding due to the bursting of a hot water pipe. Meanwhile Deacon goes from Lou, and understands the purposes of Miles. Miles discovers that the water has led the diamond above the grate of the room of the finds, when Carlson tells him that his badge number does not exist. Not to him suspicious Malone tells him to be an inspector affairs undercover to discover the corruptions. When going to recover the diamond Miles is informed by Rizzo who has to go to investigate a museum piece stolen from a customs office. Just arrived on the spot but he, Carlson and Glenfiddish, another colleague, are sent away by the FBI.
Miles of course, given his life to criminal, who knows who did the theft actually tried the drug, following an old trick by which is mixed with other things, and then be made to disappear before arriving at customs. With a speech from the air identify a truck that could contain heroin. In fact the three stop the truck containing the drug that is brought into the room of the finds and three drug dealers who are arrested. Miles takes advantage of an excuse to go look for evidence in the drug to take the diamond, which because of a fear of Miles, falls into heroin, which must be immediately moved by FBI agents. Miles to get more time to recover the diamond sets a trap for Jean LaFleur, one of the biggest drug dealers in america. After that makes escape from prison Tulley keeping his promise.
Arrived to the dealer come on stage and also Deacon Tulley that claim the diamond now back in the hands of Miles. LaFleur is going to eat the leaf and discover Miles, when the FBI and the police raid and arrest the drug dealer and Tulley, who is found with heroin that was just put on him. Deacon instead manages to escape, but was chased and stopped by Miles, who after having disarmed handcuffs him to a truck for him arrested by the Mexican police. Since Deacon is going to shoot him treacherously, Miles turns around and kills him.
To explain who he was, since it came to light that was neither a police officer nor an FBI agent, or an inspector affairs, claims to be a federal agent; Carlson but not falling and discovers that it is actually Miles Logan, the famous criminal of the theft of the diamond. Not being able to stop it because it is in Mexican territory, and therefore outside the jurisdiction of Americana, Miles runs forever with diamond, however, after saying goodbye and Glenfiddish Carlson, who, having taken a liking Miles, I'm not disappointed that he managed to escape.
- Martin Lawrence as Miles Logan/Detective Malone
- Luke Wilson as Detective Carlson
- Dave Chappelle as Tulley
- Peter Greene as Deacon
- Nicole Parker as Melissa Green
- William Forsythe as Detective Hardcastle
- Graham Beckel as Captain Rizzo
- Robert Miranda as Glenfiddish
- Olek Krupa as Jean LaFleur
- Saverio Guerra as Benny
- Richard C. Sarafian as Uncle Lou
- Tamala Jones as Janiece
- Julio Oscar Mechoso as Detective Diaz
- Steve Rankin as FBI Special Agent Gray
- Carmen Argenziano as Captain Penelli
- John Hawkes as Eddie
The film opened at #1 with a weekend gross of $19,208,806 from 2,735 theaters for a per venue average of $7,023. It ended its run with $68,518,533 in North America, and $49,239,967 internationally for a total of $117,758,500 worldwide.
Roger Ebert praised the film giving it 3 stars out of 4.
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Blue Streak 2 would re-team Lawrence's criminal character with cop Luke Wilson in the time-tested 48 Hours buddy formula.
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Blue Streak screenwriter Steve Carpenter has just handed in a script for the sequel
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