Cop and a Half

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Cop and a Half
Theatrical Release Poster
Directed by Henry Winkler
Produced by Paul Maslansky
Written by Arne Olsen
Starring Burt Reynolds
Norman D. Golden II
Ray Sharkey
Ruby Dee
Holland Taylor
Frank Sivero
Marc Macaulay
Tom McCleister
Ralph Wilcox
Rocky Giordani
Music by Alan Silvestri
Cinematography Bill Butler
Edited by Daniel P. Hanley
Carroll Timothy O'Meara
Roger Tweten
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release dates
April 2, 1993 (1993-04-02)
Running time
93 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $40,689,691

Cop and a Half is a 1993 American criminal-comedy film directed by Henry Winkler, and starring Burt Reynolds, Norman D. Golden II and Ray Sharkey in his final role. It was originally planned to be a sequel of the 1990 hit Arnold Schwarzenegger comedy, Kindergarten Cop.


Devon Butler (Golden) is an eight-year-old boy who lives in Tampa and dreams of being a cop. He watches police TV shows, knows police procedures and plays cops and robbers with his friend Ray. One day, while snooping around in a warehouse, he witnesses a murder. He goes to the police, who want the information, but he refuses to give it unless they make him a cop. They then team him with veteran cop (and child hater) Nick McKenna (Reynolds), and they team up in a comic series of events to find the killer. They eventually come to a mutual understanding in order to bring the killer to justice.



Joey Lawrence's "Nothin' My Love Can't Fix" is used as the end title song.


The film received generally negative reviews from critics and audiences. It currently holds a 17% "rotten" rating at the movie review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes, where only two reviews out of the twelve polled are positive.[2][3]

Film critic and historian Leonard Maltin wrote, "A hemorrhoid-and-a-half to whoever sits through this abjectly painful comedy, which does for Burt Reynolds' career what Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot did for Sylvester Stallone's." Critic Gene Siskel also excoriated the film, seeing it as indicative of "artistic bankruptcy" on Burt Reynolds' part, and singled out Norman D. Golden II's performance as "awkward". Siskel later called it the worst movie of 1993. Siskel speculated that NBC thought little of the film when they aired it in its broadcast-network debut, pointing out that they scheduled it opposite the 1997 Super Bowl.[4] However, Roger Ebert gave the film a positive review, giving it a thumbs up. He also gave it 3 stars out of a possible 4 saying "There isn't much that's original in "Cop and a Half," but there's a lot that's entertaining, and there's a winning performance by a young man with a big name, Norman D. Golden II, who plays little Devon Butler, a kid who dreams of someday wearing the shield."

Box office[edit]

The movie debuted at No.1.[5] In its second week it dropped to number 3.[6]


Awards Category Subject Result
Stinkers Bad Movie Awards[7] Worst Picture Nominated
Worst Actor Burt Reynolds Nominated
Worst Actor Norman D. Golden II Nominated
Golden Raspberry Award Worst Actor Burt Reynolds Won
Worst New Star Norman D. Golden II Nominated
Young Artist Award Best Actor Under Ten in a Motion Picture Nominated


  1. ^ "Florida Son Burt Reynolds Comes Of Age". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved 2011-01-11. 
  2. ^ Copy and a Half at Rotten Tomatoes
  3. ^ "'Cop And A Half' Isn't A Whole Lot Of Fun - Orlando Sentinel". 1993-04-02. Retrieved 2015-03-09. 
  4. ^ Gene Siskel. "The Joy of Watching 'The Joy Luck Club'" TV Guide; January 25, 1997; Page 18
  5. ^ "Weekend Box Office : 4 Oscars Give 'Unforgiven' a Boost". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2011-01-11. 
  6. ^ "Weekend Box Office : Filmgoers Accepting 'Proposal'". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2011-01-11. 
  7. ^ "1993 16th Hastings Bad Cinema Society Stinkers Awards". Stinkers Bad Movie Awards. Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on 2006-10-17. Retrieved April 2, 2013. 

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