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National Security (2003)

PG-13 | | Action, Comedy, Crime | 17 January 2003 (USA)
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Airs Fri. Jun. 21, 11:08 PM on BET

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Two mismatched security guards are thrown together to bust a smuggling operation.

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Dennis Dugan

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Martin Lawrence ... Earl Montgomery
Steve Zahn ... Hank Rafferty
Colm Feore ... Detective Frank McDuff
Bill Duke ... Lieutenant Washington
Eric Roberts ... Nash
Timothy Busfield ... Charlie Reed
Robinne Lee ... Denise
Matt McCoy ... Robert Barton
Brett Cullen ... Heston
Cleo King ... Woman in Car
Gerry Del Sol ... Booking Clerk
Ken Lerner ... Hank's Lawyer
Mari Morrow ... Lola
Stephen Tobolowsky ... Billy Narthax
Joe Flaherty ... Owen Fergus
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Storyline

Earl and Hank have only one thing in common: they're both L.A.P.D. rejects. One just got kicked out, the other can't even get in. After confronting each other on opposite sides of the law during a traffic stop that escalates out of control, these two luckless individuals end up partnered as lowly security guards. Despite being damned to the lowest rung of the law enforcement ladder, Earl and Hank uncover a sophisticated smuggling operation led by Nash and his band of thugs. When Earl and Hank get their hands on some hot property, they go on the run from, first the bad guys, then the L.A.P.D.--led by Lt. Washington and Detective McDuff. What these two unlikely partners do to law enforcement is a crime, but they just might save the day. That is, if they don't kill each other first. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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This January, a buddy comedy without the buddies. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence, language and some sensuality | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 January 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Segurança Nacional See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,813,517, 19 January 2003, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$35,764,982, 2 March 2003

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$13,670,324, 7 November 2003
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Steve Zahn's haircut and physical appearance was designed to mimic that of actual police that he had seen and studied. The transformation was so effective, that when Zahn and his brother went into a bar one night, people sitting near them moved away. Zahn's brother laughed and said "They think you're a cop!" See more »

Goofs

When the white van lands on the garbage barge, the rear license plate is missing. When we next see the van as it is being driven into a garage, the rear license plate has reappeared. See more »

Quotes

Nash: I thought I shot you. You must be one tough monkey.
Earl: [laughs] You and the monkey jokes, huh? Didn't your momma teach you any manners while you were humpin' her?
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Alternate Versions

DVD has alternate ending. See more »

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Referenced in Film Geek (2005) See more »

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ticked me off but was actually funny
19 February 2017 | by melissaoaksSee all my reviews

Aside from the lying, sack of $ht,racist, black dude who actually deserved to have his a$$ beat, it was actually an action packed and genuinely funny movie. unfortunately someone thought it was necessary to put some reverse racism war on law enforcement bull$ht in the movie which kind of ruined it. F*k the terrorist liberals and black lives matter bull$ht. if they thought black lives really mattered then they would stop killing each other. It isn't that black lives matter, it is just that white lives don't matter and their jobs don't matter and their right to enforce the law and defend themselves and do what they have been trained to do doesn't matter. get it straight. And by the way, Some cops are really jerk offs but guess what, the real *&%$ off cops usually aren't racist. they usually act like &^%* to everyone alike. I have my own story as proof of that but I'm white so nobody gives a flying f*k. right? I know this review wont be posted but someone is going to read it because it is their job to do so. so i don't care. bye.


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