Hot Fuzz

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Hot Fuzz
HotFuzz04.jpg
Simon Pegg as Nicholas Angel
Directed by Edgar Wright
Produced by Nira Park
Written by Edgar Wright
Simon Pegg
Starring Simon Pegg
Nick Frost
Jim Broadbent
Timothy Dalton
Paddy Considine
Edward Woodward
Billie Whitelaw
Music by David Arnold
Cinematography Jess Hall
Edited by  ?
Distributed by Rogue Pictures
Universal Pictures
Release Dates Flag UK.png 14 February 2007
Flag USA.png 20 April 2007
Running Time 120 mins
Country UK
Language English
Budget  ?
IMDB Profile

Hot Fuzz is a 2007 British police action/comedy film written by Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright, known for Shaun of the Dead and Spaced. Like Shaun of the Dead and Spaced, it stars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, is directed by Edgar Wright and produced by Nira Park.

Stephen Merchant makes a cameo as a farmer who has lost his swan.


Plot

Nicholas Angel (Simon Pegg) is the finest cop London has to offer, with an arrest record 400% higher than any other officer on the force. He’s so good, he makes everyone else look bad. As a result, Angel’s superiors send him to a place where his talents won’t be quite so embarrassing -- the sleepy and seemingly crime-free village of Sandford.

Once there, he is partnered with the well-meaning but overeager police officer Danny Butterman (Nick Frost). The son of amiable Police Chief Frank Butterman (Jim Broadbent), Danny is a huge action movie fan and believes his new big-city partner might just be a real-life "bad boy," and his chance to experience the life of gunfights and car chases he so longs for. Angel is quick to dismiss this as childish fantasy and Danny’s puppy-like enthusiasm only adds to Angel’s growing frustration. However, as a series of grisly accidents rocks the village, Angel is convinced that Sandford is not what it seems and as the intrigue deepens, Danny’s dreams of explosive, high-octane, car-chasing, gunfighting, all-out action seem more and more like a reality.

Cast

Actor
Simon Pegg Nicholas Angel
Nick Frost Danny Butterman
Bill Bailey Sergeant Turner
Jim Broadbent Inspector Frank Butterman
Steve Coogan Metropolitan Police Inspector
Paddy Considine DS Andy Wainwright
Timothy Dalton Simon Skinner
Bill Nighy Chief Inspector, Metropolitan Police
Adam Buxton Tim Messenger
Edward Woodward Tom Weaver
Stephen Merchant Peter Ian Staker (P.I.Staker - Piss-taker)

Production

Pegg and Frost in Somerfield supermarket in Wells, Somerset

During the latter half of 2005, Working Title approached several towns in South West England looking for an appropriate filming location. Stow-on-the-Wold was considered amongst others, but after being turned away, the company settled upon Wells, Edgar Wright's hometown. Wright has commented "and Wells is very picturesque [...] I love it but I also want to trash it".

Wright has said that it is takes elements from his final amateur film "Dead Right" a film he described as both "Lethal Weapon set in Somerset" and "a Dirty Harry Film in Somerset". He uses some of the same locations in both films including the Somerfield supermarket, where he used to work as a shelf-stacker.

Filming commenced on 19 March 2006. Throughout the filming process Pegg, Frost and Wright recorded a regular video blog which is available on the Hot Fuzz section of the Working Title website. After an 11 week shooting schedule, filming wrapped on 12 July 2006. It is due to be released in the UK on 14 February 2007 and as a limited release in the USA on 13 April 2007. The film carries a 15 certificate in the UK and is rated R in the US for violent content including some graphic images, and language.

Trivia

  • Had an 11 week shooting schedule.
  • Simon Pegg had weapons training in preparation for his role as Nick Angel, and also learned how to skid a bicycle properly along the way.
  • Sandford, the "fictional" setting for the film, is the name of the town used as the setting for all Police training role plays.
  • Danny (Nick Frost) wears a Bristol Rovers football shirt.

Quotes

Nicholas Angel: [turning around to face group of school children] Are there any questions?
Danny Butterman: [sat at back of group of school children] Is it true that there's a point on a man's head where if you shoot it, it will blow up?

Danny Butterman: Bring the noise! [turns siren on]

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