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Edition No. 144

Date:- 20 March 2004

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Starsky & Hutch (2004).
Review by Patrick Trollope

WELL yet anouther remake, this time of the cult TV show "Starsky and Hutch" that ran from 1975 to 1979. Now in 2004 I thought the retro days had gone, guess not... 

This new film is not exactly spectacular and acting has not improved since 1979, even with new actors, but good enough to please most fans of the TV show. The film takes you back to the 1970's as Bay City, the home for evil mastermind Reese Feldman (Vince Vaughn) hatches his plan to sell "new coke"  to its inhabitance... Not Coke a Cola, but a powerful new strain of undetectable cocaine. On his trail are devoted cops, David Starsky (Ben Stiller) and his laconic partner Ken `Hutch' Hutchinson (Owen Wilson) in their red-and-white Ford Torino.  Not forgetting the help of police snitch called Huggy Bear. 

Just as in the original the enviable achievement of stopping the evil mad mans plot hangs on the two misfit cops ability not to mess things up. Can we say more.... Not really with out giving the plot away completely..  opps just did with the word enviable...   Well I guess it will be ok for this bit of the story to be let out of the can... In the film a nice touch has been added, and this comes in the form of the original TV cast members Paul Michael Glaser, who played Det. Dave Starsky and David Soul, who played Det. Ken 'Hutch' Hutchinson playing a part in the film for a few seconds. Sadly they do not get any royalties from the original TV show, but it is nice to see that the film makers played homage to them.

Our Rating:-
Four Stubs Out Of Five

First Cast Listings Only:-  Ben Stiller as David Starsky, Owen Wilson as Ken Hutchinson, Snoop Dogg as Huggy Bear, Fred Williamson as Captain Doby, Vince Vaughn as Reese Feldman, Juliette Lewis as Kitty, Jason Bateman as Friday, Amy Smart as Holly, Carmen Electra as Staci, George Cheung as Chau (as George Kee Cheung), Chris Penn as Manetti, Brande Roderick as Heather, Molly Sims as Mrs. Feldman, Matt Walsh as Eddie and Sean Tillman as Dancin' Rick (as Har Mar Superstar). 

Film Tagline:- "They're the man.".   Runtime:- 101 min.    Poster © 2004 Warner Brothers and Dimension Films. All rights reserved. 

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