R | | Action, Comedy, Crime
A tough Russian policeman is forced to partner up with a cocky Chicago police detective when he is sent to Chicago to apprehend a Georgian drug lord who killed his partner and fled the country.
Appropriately enough, when Belushi is getting to know Arnie better by asking questions in the diner scene, the jukebox is playing Acker Bilk's 'stranger on the shore'.
You leave your guns with those guys over there.
Art Ridzik: No way. A Chicago cop never relinquishes his weapon.
Art Ridzik: Here you go.
When Danko and his partner discuss the drug problem, the translation says they are referring to Miami while they were actually referring to Harlem.
In the opening credits certain letters are reversed so as to imitate Russian Cyrillic script. In particular, "Rs" and "Ns" are reversed.
German theatrical version was edited for violence to secure a "Not under 16" rating. Rental VHS (Starlight) was also edited for violence. Retail VHS (Starlight, EuroVideo) included all the violence but missed 9 minutes of dialogue (oddly both versions were rated "Not under 16"). In 1997 the film was re-released by Astro, this time in its uncut form with a "Not under 18" rating (it was advertised as being a "Director's Cut"). DVD (Kinowelt) is also uncut.
English, Russian, Spanish
$8,133,822 19 June 1988