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 family film directed by Henry Winkler, and starring Burt Reynolds and Norman D. Golden II. It was originally planned to be a sequel to the 1990 hit Arnold Schwarzenegger comedy, Kindergarten Cop. It was entirely shot in Florida. It was Ray Sharkey's final film before his death due to AIDS-related complications.


Devon Butler (Golden) is an eight-year-old boy living in Tampa who dreams of being a cop. He watches police TV shows, knows police procedures, and plays cops and burglars 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.

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Joey Lawrence's "Nothing My Love Can't Fix for You" 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


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