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Running Scared 1986 ***

The always proficient Peter Hyams directs this cheerfully straight-forward buddy cop movie from 1986, featuring Billy Crystal and Gregory Hines as Chicago cops Danny and Ray. Originally written for Paul Newman and Gene Hackman as a duo about to retire, Hyams ages the characters down and came up with a freewheeling comedy more in the spirit of Beverley Hills cop, with plenty of funny lines in Jimmy Huston and Gary De Vore’s script. Everything from Dan Hedeya’s gruff Captain to the drug-dealer pursued are familiar territory, but Hines and Crystal are clearly enjoying their chemistry, and some good location work in a wintry Chicago completes an more-than-acceptable package.

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