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Director: Dennis Dugan     Starring: Martin Lawrence Steve Zahn
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40220610
UPC: 043396078208
UPC 14: 00043396078208
Rating: Game Rating Code
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They only look like cops.
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.

"Wild comic brilliance!  David Sheehan, CBS

Editor's 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.


Video Features DVD, Pan and Scan (TV Format), Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, Subtitled, French, Dubbed & Subtitled

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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Sony
Video Release Date Release Date: 7/6/2004
Video Play Time Running Time: 91 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2003
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 607820
Video UPC UPC: 00043396078208
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English, French Dubbed
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, French
Video Color Spec Video: Color
Entertainment Reviews
Expert Review National Security - DVD Review
By: Sean O'Connell DVD Reviews
Published on: 11/7/2008 4:31 PM
Directors often copy the techniques of respected filmmakers without raising much ire. But when a director borrows liberally from the volatile filmography of pyrotechnic prince Michael Bay, they’re just asking for trouble. Dennis Dugan’s National Security uses enough slow-mo shots and shimmering cinematography in its first 30 minutes to warrant the comparison. The presence of Bad Boys star Martin Lawrence only helps this waste feel like a Bay retread, the kind of garbage Mr. Pearl Harbor would pass on after deeming it far too stupid even for the full review

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Bill Dukes
Video Cast Info Colm Feore
Video Cast Info Eric Roberts
Video Cast Info Martin Lawrence
Video Cast Info Steve Zahn
Video Cast Info Timothy Busfield
Video Cast Info Olicer Wood - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Dennis Dugan - Director
Video Cast Info Debra Neil-Fisher - Editor
Video Cast Info Patrick J. Don Vito - Editor
Video Cast Info Robert F. Newmyer - Producer
Video Cast Info Michael Green - Producer
Video Cast Info Jeffrey Silver - Producer
Video Cast Info Jay Scherick - Screenplay
Video Cast Info David Ronn - Screenplay

Professional Reviews

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

L.A. Times 7 of 10
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. - Kevin Thomas

San Francisco Examiner 7 of 10
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). - Joe Leydon

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Lawrence,Martin
Product attributeLabel:   Columbia/tri-Star
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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