National Security-Special Edition

Directed By: Dennis Dugan Starring: Martin Lawrence Steve Zahn

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Lapd reject and troublemaker gets an la cop kicked off the force for brutality, now these two are stuck working together as lowly security guards and they're playing cops to bring down a smuggling ring.


Studio Sony
SKU 40220610
UPC 043396078208
UPC 14 00043396078208
Format DVD
Release Date 7/6/2004
Rating Rating
Big City
Los Angeles, California
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Martin Lawrence stars in this action comedy directed by Dennis Dugan (HAPPY GILMORE). The film concerns an unlikely partnership that forms between two L.A.P.D. rejects. Hank (Steve Zahn) is a straightlaced L.A.P.D. officer who is fired after supposedly brutalizing an innocent black man. It turns out the "victim," Earl Montgomery (Lawrence), is actually just an angry citizen who is allergic to bee stings. Frustrated after being dismissed from the L.A.P.D. academy due to his bad temper, Earl seizes the opportunity to take out his rage on the hapless Hank. But six months later, when Hank is released from prison, he is determined to avenge the death of his partner. Their paths cross once again when Nash (Eric Roberts), the man who pulled the trigger, robs the warehouse where Earl is employed as a security guard. Angry that Nash refers to him using a racial slur, Earl attaches himself to Hank, who wants nothing to do with the trash-talker. But Earl won't back down, and the bickering pair begin to infiltrate the crooked police department that rejected them months before. NATIONAL SECURITY features yet another standout supporting turn from the always reliable Zahn.
USA Today "...NATIONAL SECURITY surprises by emphasizing well-oiled interplay between its co-leads....The picture is all Lawrence and Zahn, whose dynamics get something going..." 01/17/2003 p.16D
Los Angeles Times "NATIONAL SECURITY, a funny, raucous action comedy, effectively teams Martin Lawrence and Steve Zahn in a film that's both laugh out loud funny and surprisingly subtle..." 01/17/2003 p.C10
Dennis Dugan
Martin Lawrence
Steve Zahn
Cast & Crew
Bill Dukes - Actor
Colm Feore - Actor
Eric Roberts - Actor
Martin Lawrence - Actor
Steve Zahn - Actor
Timothy Busfield - Actor
Olicer Wood - Cinematographer
Dennis Dugan - Director
Debra Neil-Fisher - Editor
Patrick J. Don Vito - Editor
Robert F. Newmyer - Producer
Michael Green - Producer
Jeffrey Silver - Producer
Jay Scherick - Screenplay
David Ronn - Screenplay
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2003
Catalog ID 607820
UPC 00043396078208
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 91 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French
Available Audio Tracks English, French Dubbed
ReviewSource L.A. Times
Review National Security, a funny, raucous action comedy, effectively teams Martin Lawrence and Steve Zahn in a film that's both laugh out loud funny and surprisingly subtle. Lawrence's Earl Montgomery is so overzealous as an LAPD cadet that he gets drummed out of the police academy and then plays the race card so shamelessly that Zahn's Hank Rafferty, a dedicated cop, loses his badge and winds up serving six months in prison for police harassment.
Reviewer Kevin Thomas
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource San Francisco Examiner
Review Call it a blast from the past, and you won't be far off the mark. National Security plays like a retro recycling of those guffaws-and-gunfire action-comedies that abounded throughout the '80s in the wake of 48 HRS.... Fortunately for the audience, a couple of first-rate talents are employed to elevate the second-rate material. After recently stumbling in a few rattletrap star vehicles, Martin Lawrence is back at the top of his game here. Better still, his feisty motor-mouth sass is neatly counterbalanced by the laid-back, slow-burning earnestness of Steve Zahn (Out of Sight, Joy Ride).
Reviewer Joe Leydon
ReviewRating 7
DVD, Pan and Scan (TV Format), Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, Subtitled, French, Dubbed & Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Lawrence,Martin
Label Columbia/tri-Star
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
David Sheehan, CBS Wild comic brilliance!

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