Rent-A-Cop

Pic, a cheesy little crime thriller, starts off promisingly as a sort of followup to Burt Reynolds' Sharky's Machine, with him working again with fellow cop Bernie Casey on a big drug bust. Nutcase James Remar wipes everybody out except Reynolds, who is suspected of being crooked and bounced from the force.

With:
Burt Reynolds Liza Minnelli James Remar Richard Masur Dionne Warwick ##Bernie Casey

Pic, a cheesy little crime thriller, starts off promisingly as a sort of followup to Burt Reynolds’ Sharky’s Machine, with him working again with fellow cop Bernie Casey on a big drug bust. Nutcase James Remar wipes everybody out except Reynolds, who is suspected of being crooked and bounced from the force.

He gets work as a ‘rent-a-cop’, undercover (dressed as a Santa Claus) in a department store. In an awkwardly staged but key subplot, Liza Minnelli, as a Chicago hooker, has been saved from Remar by Reynolds and now attaches herself to him for protection.

Reynolds looks bored and is boring here, with an ill-fitting toupe that is downright embarrassing from one closeup angle. Minnelli is a lot of fun as the flamboyant prostie. Dionne Warwick is thoroughly wasted here as head of a callgirl ring. Remar is laughably hammy as the narcissistic killer.

Rent-A-Cop

Production: Kings Road. Director Jerry London; Producer Raymond Wagner; Screenplay Dennis Shryack, Michael Blodgett; Camera Giuseppe Rotunno; Editor Robert Lawrence; Music Jerry Goldsmith; Art Director Tony Masters

Crew: (Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1988. Running time: 95 MIN.

With: Burt Reynolds Liza Minnelli James Remar Richard Masur Dionne Warwick ##Bernie Casey

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