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Exceptional London cop Nicholas Angel is involuntarily transferred to a quaint English village and paired with a witless new partner. While on the beat, Nicholas suspects a sinister conspiracy is afoot with the residents.


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Top London cop, PC Nicholas Angel is good. Too good. And to stop the rest of his team looking bad, he is reassigned to the quiet town of Sandford. He is paired with Danny Butterman, who endlessly questions him on the action lifestyle. Everything seems quiet for Angel, until two actors are found decapitated. It is called an accident, but Angel isn't going to accept that, especially when more and more people turn up dead. Angel and Danny clash with everyone, whilst trying to uncover the truth behind the mystery of the apparent "accidents". Written by Film_Fan

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Action | Comedy | Mystery

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violent content including some graphic images, and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

20 April 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Arma fatal  »

Box Office


£8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£5,918,149 (UK) (16 February 2007)


$23,618,786 (USA) (20 July 2007)

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The film is considered to be a remake of "Outland". See more »


When Angel goes to a crime scene to talk to his girlfriend Cate Blanchett, who is a Crime Scene Investigator (CSI), the room is packed with CSIs, at least 8 of them. In real life there would not be this many in a small room like this and, as Nick Frost points out during the DVD commentary, it could even spoil the physical evidence they're trying to collect. See more »


[first lines]
Narrator: Police Constable Nicholas Angel: born and schooled in London, graduated Canterbury University in 1993 with a double first in Politics and Sociology. Attended Hendon College of Police Training. Displayed great aptitude in field exercises, notably Urban Pacification and Riot Control. Academically excelled in theoretical course work and final year examinations. Received a Baton of Honour, graduated with distinction into the Metropolitan Police Service and quickly established an ...
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Crazy Credits

In the UK version, which is released by Universal Pictures, sound effects of police whistles, bells and sirens are perfectly timed to accentuate the graphics of both the Universal Pictures and Working Title logos. The US version, released by Rogue Pictures, misses out on this little bit of a joke. See more »


References The Addams Family (1964) See more »


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Written by Adam Ant, Marco Pirroni
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How you Top Shaun of The Dead
24 December 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I was lucky enough to see a preview of this film for free after I attended a random screening of Scorcese's the Departed. Naturally hearing that the makers of Shaun of the Dead were behind this I had to go see it - if a group of people can make a romantic comedy with zombies, then a buddy cop film HAD to inventive and original.

I can safely say that it was. I haven't laughed as hard in a film as I did with Hot Fuzz. The parts are all cast brilliantly - in particular Pegg and Frost as the two lead police officers.

Pegg bringing the smart, intelligent, action hardened London cop to the sleep north England village works in a classic fish out of water scenario. It surprised me with it's direction and I will confess I couldn't have predicted how everything would pan out.

When this is fully released I urge you to go and see it.

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