- 1 hr 31 min
Downtown is an American comedy crime film that was written by Nat Mauldin. Directed by Richard Benjamin, the film features Anthony Edwards, Forest Whitaker and Penelope Ann Miller. The story follows two cops who are buddies but from very different backgrounds. Alex is white and a very straight arrow. Alex (played by Anthony Edwards) is a mild mannered white and very green cop who listens to surfer music. He works the suburban Philly beat where very little crime, aside from very minor infractions occur. However, when he makes an attempt to write a speeding ticket to a Jerome Sweet (played by David Clennon) who is a rich and very influential businessman, he gets himself in trouble. Under pressure, the captain decides to promptly transfer him to downtown -- inside one of the more dangerous parts of the ghetto. Downtown is where Alex meets his new partner, Dennis (played by Forest Whitaker). He is a hardened detective with a wacky streak. Dennis is a child of the streets and initially won't cut Alex any slack, given his very spoiled, privileged background. However, Dennis changes his mind about Alex once they have a fist fight. Turns out it is not Alex he has a problem with at all, it is simply that he lost a partner once and really isn't interested in getting close to anyone ever again. Alex also knows what it means to lose his partner, so the two immediately bond while they chase after a crime gang with a sophistication that specializes in luxury car smuggling. The more they get to know each other, the more they get along. Together the men solve crimes in the area and restore peace as necessary. Alex has little experience in the city, so Dennis provides the insight he needs in order to do his job most effectively.