Hot Fuzz

Hot Fuzz
Film poster of two men dressed as British police officers. The man on the left is looking down and is holding a shotgun and a handgun. The man on the right is looking to his left and is located behind the first man. The poster includes the film's title, tagline, and starring roles.
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Edgar Wright
Produced by Nira Park
Tim Bevan
Eric Fellner
Written by Edgar Wright
Simon Pegg
Starring Simon Pegg
Nick Frost
Jim Broadbent
Music by David Arnold
Cinematography Jess Hall
Editing by Chris Dickens
Studio StudioCanal
Working Title Films
Big Talk Productions
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Rogue Pictures (US only)
Release date(s) 14 February 2007 (2007-02-14) (United Kingdom)
20 April 2007 (2007-04-20) (United States: limited)
Running time 121 minutes
Country United Kingdom
France
Language English
Budget £8 million[1][2]
Box office $80,573,774

Hot Fuzz is a 2007 British action dark comedy film written by Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright, and starring Pegg and Nick Frost. The three had previously worked together on the 2004 film Shaun of the Dead as well as the television series Spaced. The film was directed by Wright and produced by Nira Park, and follows two police officers attempting to solve a series of mysterious deaths in a small village.

Over a hundred action films were used as inspiration for developing the script, which Wright and Pegg worked on together. Filming took place over eleven weeks in early 2006, and featured an extensive cast along with various uncredited cameos. Visual effects were developed by ten artists to expand on or add explosive, gore, and gunfire scenes. Prior to the film's release it was promoted on video blogs during the production as well as at a San Diego Comic-Con panel.

Debuting on 14 February, 2007 in the United Kingdom and April 20 in the United States, Hot Fuzz received wide acclaim with a 91% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes and 81/100 from Metacritic. The total international box office gross reached $80,573,774 before its home media release. Shortly after the film's release, two different soundtracks were released in the UK and US. The film is the second in Wright & Pegg's planned Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy, with Shaun of the Dead being the first.

Contents

Plot

Nicholas Angel (Simon Pegg), an extremely dedicated police officer in London's Metropolitan Police Service, performs his duties so well that he is accused of making his colleagues look bad. As a result, his superiors promote and transfer him to crime-free Sandford, a village in rural Gloucestershire. Once there, he immediately arrests a large group of underage drinkers, and a drunk driver who turns out to be his partner, Danny Butterman (Nick Frost), the son of local police inspector Frank Butterman (Jim Broadbent). Danny, a well-meaning but naive police constable, is in awe of his new partner. Angel struggles to adjust to the slow, uneventful pace of the village. Despite clearing up several otherwise unnoticed crimes in short order, including confiscating a naval mine and a large number of unlicensed firearms, Angel soon finds his most pressing concern to be an escaped swan. His attention to the letter of the law also makes him the focus of dislike by some of his co-workers. Angel and Butterman eventually bond over drinks at the local pub and action films such as Point Break and Bad Boys II.

A series of gruesome deaths shocks the village; Angel investigates, believing the deaths to be murders. He attempts to arrest Simon Skinner (Timothy Dalton), the manager of the local Somerfield supermarket, under suspicion of murdering the victims due to their involvement in a lucrative property deal. Skinner is able to provide plausible explanations for all of Angel's charges, and a videotape of himself working at his supermarket while the murders took place.

Disappointed at the setback Angel returns to his mundane routine, policing with Danny. However, at one of his stops for ice cream he overhears the shopkeeper inquire about the killers. He realizes that he was wrong in suspecting all the murders to be the actions of one person. He takes his multiple-killer theory to the police chief, who asks him to sleep on it and return to him if he still believes in it in the morning.

When Angel returns to his hotel room, he is attacked by a cloaked figure. He knocks the attacker unconscious, discovering it is the trolley boy at Skinner's supermarket, sent by Skinner to kill Angel. Angel heads to a nearby castle where he discovers the truth: Skinner, Inspector Butterman, and the Neighbourhood Watch Alliance (NWA), intent on keeping Sandford's title of "Village of the Year", have been murdering anyone who they saw as a threat to the village's charming image (such as Eve Draper, who had a very annoying laugh, Martin Blower's very appalling acting, errors in the newspaper due to Tim Messenger, and Leslie Tiller's threat to move away and give her green thumb to another village), with the evidence leading to the property deal motive being simply coincidental. Inspector Butterman reveals that his wife committed suicide after the village lost the title many years ago, motivating him to use extreme methods. Angel discovers the bodies of various "problem" people whom the NWA disposed of, before being cornered and 'stabbed' by Danny, apparently a member of the NWA.

Having tricked the NWA into believing that Angel is dead, Danny drives him to the village limits and releases him, insisting that he knew nothing about their true activities. Danny urges Angel to go back to London, reasoning that no one would believe the truth about Sandford. At a motorway service station, Angel sees Point Break and Bad Boys II on a nearby DVD rack and is inspired to stop the NWA. He drives back to town and arms himself with the guns he confiscated earlier. After Angel meets with Danny in the village, the two team up and engage the members of the NWA in an increasingly destructive and frantic series of gun fights. Briefly confronted by their colleagues, Angel and Danny quickly persuade them of the truth, and the expanded group takes the battle to the supermarket. Skinner and Inspector Butterman flee and are pursued by Angel and Danny to a nearby miniature park. There Angel battles Skinner, who accidentally impales his jaw on the spire of the miniature cathedral, disabling him but not killing him. Inspector Butterman attempts to escape in a car, but crashes into a tree when the swan Angel caught right before his fight with Skinner attacks the Inspector from the back seat.

While the Sandford Police take the NWA members (all of whom have survived) into custody, Angel's former superiors arrive from London, begging him to return as the crime rate has risen heavily without him, but Angel chooses to remain in Sandford. Back at the police station, Tom Weaver, the last remaining member of the NWA, attempts to shoot Angel, but Danny dives in front of Angel and takes the shot. Angel responds by using his foot to kick a bin at Weaver's head, and in the resulting chaos Weaver falls onto the confiscated sea mine, triggering it and destroying the station. In the aftermath Angel tears through the rubble of the police station, distraught after he uncovers an unresponsive Danny.

One year later, Angel lays flowers on a grave marked "Butterman"; it is revealed that Danny has survived and the grave is his mother's. Danny is now a sergeant and Angel the head of the Sandford Police Service, and the two head off to patrol Sandford.

Cast

Sandford Police Service
Neighbourhood Watch Alliance
Metropolitan Police Service
Sandford residents

While writing the script, the film's director and writer, Edgar Wright, as well as Simon Pegg, intended to include Nick Frost as the partner for Pegg's character. Frost revealed that he would do the film only if he could name his character, and he chose "Danny Butterman".[3] Cast requirements included fifty people for speaking and non-speaking parts, and there were several casting calls for citizens of Wells to fill the roles, as the city was where most of the filming took place.[3]

Cameos
  • British singer and actor Joseph McManners played a cameo role as a tearaway schoolboy, although his background story and an entire sub-plot surrounding his character were cut from the final version and can only be found within the DVD bonus features.
  • Wright revealed in an interview that Cate Blanchett was given her cameo role as Janine, Angel's ex-girlfriend, as a result of her being a fan of Shaun of the Dead.[4]
  • Jim Broadbent similarly revealed his interest in Shaun and requested a role while meeting with Simon Pegg at a BAFTA awards ceremony.[5]
  • Wright met with director Peter Jackson while he was filming King Kong, and Jackson suggested that he would be willing to do a cameo in the film. Edgar had Jackson wear a fake beard and pads to portray Father Christmas who stabs Angel in the opening montage.[4]
  • In the same opening montage, Garth Jennings can be seen as a drug dealer, with the audio commentary stating Garth and Edgar Wright had an agreement to have cameo appearances in each other's films.[6]

Production

Script

Wright decided that he wanted to write and direct a cop film because "there isn't really any tradition of cop films in the UK... We felt that every other country in the world had its own tradition of great cop action films and we had none."[7] Wright and Simon Pegg spent eighteen months writing the script.[8] The first draft took eight months to develop, and after watching 138 cop-related films for dialogue and plot ideas and conducting over fifty interviews with police officers for research, the script was completed after another nine months.[5][8] The title was based on the various two-word titles of action films in the 1980s and 90s.[9] In one interview Wright declared that he "wanted to make a title that really had very little meaning...like Lethal Weapon and Point Break and Executive Decision." In the same interview, Pegg joked that when the many action films' titles were chosen that "...all those titles seem to be generated from two hats filled with adjectives and nouns and you just, ‘Okay, that'll do.’"[9] Pegg and Wright have referred to Hot Fuzz as being the second film in "The Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy" with Shaun of the Dead as the first and future project The World's End as the third.[10][11]

Preparation and filming

A man in a purple jumpsuit is at the right of the image walking down a street. On the left is a man dressed as a police officer following him. At the far right is a man seated on the back of a golf cart filming them. Storefronts can be seen in the background.
Simon Pegg filming in Wells

To prepare for their roles in the film, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost had to follow certain requirements. Pegg's contract stated that he had to adopt a strict diet and use three personal trainers to prepare him for the physically demanding scenes in the film. Frost was asked by Wright and Pegg to watch around twenty action films to warm him up for his role as a police officer, but he decided to only watch Bad Boys II.[12]

During the latter half of 2005, Working Title approached several towns in South West England looking for an appropriate filming location. Simon Pegg commented "We're both from the West Country so it just seemed like it was the perfect and logical thing to drag those kind of ideas and those genres and those clichés back to our beginnings to where we grew up, so you could see high-octane balls-to-the-wall action in Frome".[13] Stow-on-the-Wold was considered amongst others, but after being turned away, the company settled upon Wells, Wright's hometown.[14] Wright has commented "and Wells is very picturesque...I love it but I also want to trash it".[15] The Wells Cathedral was digitally painted out of every shot of the village, as Wright wanted the Church of St. Cuthbert to be the centre building for the fictional town of Sandford (Sandford is also the fictional town name used during National Police Training when any role-playing exercises are taking place);[6] however, the Bishop's Palace is identifiable in some shots.[16] Filming also took place at the Hendon Police College, including the driving school skid pan and athletic track.[17] While shooting scenes in their uniforms, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost were often mistaken for genuine police officers and asked for directions by passers-by.[18] Filming commenced on 19 March 2006 and lasted for eleven weeks.[19][20] After editing, Wright ended up cutting half an hour of footage from the film.[21]

Homage

Wright has said that Hot Fuzz takes elements from his final amateur film, Dead Right, which he described as both "Lethal Weapon set in Somerset" and "a Dirty Harry film in Somerset".[15] He uses some of the same locations in both films including the Somerfield supermarket, where he used to work as a shelf-stacker.[15] In the scene in the Somerfield store, when Angel is confronting a chav for shoplifting, a DVD copy of Shaun of the Dead can be seen for a few frames. The title is Zombies' Party, the Spanish and Portuguese title for the film.[22]

Various scenes in Hot Fuzz feature a variety of action film DVDs such as Supercop, and scenes from Point Break and Bad Boys II. Wright revealed that he had to get permission from every actor in each video clip, including stunt men, to use the clips and for the use of the DVD covers had to pay for the rights from the respective studios.[23] The film parodies clichés used in other action movies. On the topic of perceived gun fetishes in these movies, Pegg has said "Men can't do that thing, which is the greatest achievement of humankind, which is to make another human, so we make metal versions of our own penises and fire more bits of metal out of the end into people's heads...It's our turn to grab the gun by the hilt and fire it into your face."[13] Despite this, Pegg maintains that the film is not a spoof in that, "They lack the sneer that a lot of parodies have that look down on their source material. Because we're looking up to it."[24] The film also includes various references to The Wicker Man, in which Edward Woodward, here playing a major villain, had played a policeman tough on law and order.[25]

Effects

Ten artists were used to develop the visual effects for the film.[26] To illustrate the destruction of the mansion as a result of the gas explosion, gas mortars were placed in front of the building to create large-scale fireballs. The wave of fire engulfs the camera, and to achieve that effect, gas mortars were used again but were fired upwards into a black ceiling piece that sloped up towards the camera.[26] When the sequence was shot at a high speed the flames appeared to surge across the ground. For one of the final scenes of the film, the Sandford police station is destroyed by an explosion. Part of the explosion was created by using a set model that showed its windows being blown out, while the building remained intact. The actual destruction of the building was depicted by exploding a miniature model of the station.[6]

Similar to the work in Shaun of the Dead, blood and gore was prevalent throughout the film. Visual effects supervisor Richard Briscoe revealed the rationale for using the large amounts of blood: "In many ways, the more extreme you make it, the more people know it is stylised and enjoy the humour inherent in how ridiculous it is. It's rather like the (eventually) limbless Black Knight in Monty Python's Holy Grail."[26] The most time-consuming gore sequence involved a character's head being crushed by a section of a church. A dummy was used against a green screen and the head was detonated at the point when the object was about to impact the body. Throughout the film, over seventy gunfight shots were digitally augmented; Briscoe's rationale for adding the additional effects was that "The town square shootout, for example, is full of extra little hits scattered throughout, so that it feels like our hero characters really do have it all going off, all around them. It was a great demonstration of [how] seemingly very trivial enhancements can make a difference when combined across a sequence."[26]

Promotion

The first two teaser trailers were released on 16 October, 2006. Wright, Pegg, and Frost maintained several video blogs which were released at various times throughout the production of the film.[27] Wright and Frost held a panel at the 2006 Comic-Con convention in San Diego, California to promote Hot Fuzz, which included preliminary footage and a question and answer session.[28] The two returned to the convention again in 2007 to promote the US DVD release.[29] Advanced screenings of the film took place on 14 February 2007 in the UK and the world premiere was on 16 February 2007. The premiere included escorts from motorcycle police officers and the use of blue carpet instead of the traditional red carpet.[30]

Release

Critical reception

The film received highly positive reviews, and was rated as highly as Shaun of the Dead.[31] It has a 91% "Certified Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes[32] and has a Metacritic score of 81/100.[33] Olly Richards of Empire said of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost: "After almost a decade together they’re clearly so comfortable in each other’s presence that they feel no need to fight for the punchline, making them terrific company for two hours".[34] Johnny Vaughan of The Sun already called it the "most arresting Brit-com of 2007".[35] Phillip French of The Observer, who did not care for Shaun of the Dead, warmed to the comedy team in this film.[36] The film also received positive reviews stateside. Derek Elley of Variety praised Broadbent and Dalton, "[who] are especially good as Angel's hail-fellow-well-met superior and oily No. 1 suspect".[37] As a homage to the genre, the film was well received by screenwriter Shane Black.[21] On Spill.com, it got their 2nd-highest rating of 'Full Price!!'.

The Daily Mirror only gave Hot Fuzz 2/5, stating that "many of the jokes miss their target" as the film becomes more action-based.[38] Daily Mail also shared The Mirror's view, saying that "It's the lack of any serious intent that means too much of it is desperately unamusing, and unamusingly desperate".[39] Anthony Quinn of The Independent said "The same impish spirit [as Spaced] is uncorked here, but it has been fatally indulged".[40]

Box office

The film generated £7.1 million in its first weekend of release in the UK on 14 February, 2007.[41] In the April 20 US opening weekend, the film grossed $5.8 million from only 825 theatres, making it the highest per-theatre average of any film in the top ten that week.[42] Its opening weekend take beat the $3.3 million opening weekend gross of Pegg and Wright's previous film, Shaun of the Dead. In its second weekend of release, Rogue Pictures expanded the film's theater count from 825 to 1,272 and it grossed $4.9 million, representing a 17% dip in the gross.[43] Altogether, Hot Fuzz grossed $80,573,774 worldwide.[42] In nine weeks, the film earned nearly twice what Shaun of the Dead made in the US, and more than three times its gross in other countries.[44]

Home media

The DVD was released on 11 June, 2007 in the UK. Over one million DVDs were sold in the UK in the first four weeks of its release.[45] The two-disc set contains the feature film with commentaries, outtakes, storyboards, deleted scenes, a making-of documentary, video blogs, featurettes, galleries, and some hidden easter eggs. The DVD also features Wright's last amateur film, Dead Right, which he described as "Hot Fuzz without the budget". Due to the above release date, the film arrived on region 2 DVD earlier than the theatrical release date in Germany on 14 June, 2007.[46] In the commentary with director Edgar Wright and fellow filmmaker Quentin Tarantino they discuss nearly 200 films.[47]

The US DVD and HD DVD release was on 31 July, 2007. It opened at #2 at the American DVD sales chart, selling 853,000 units for over $14m in revenue. As per the latest figures,1,923,000 units have been sold, acquiring revenue of $33.3m.[48] The HD DVD edition has more special features than the standard DVD release. A three-disc collector's edition was released on 27 November, 2007 and a Blu-ray edition on 22 September, 2009.[49]

Soundtrack

The soundtrack album, Hot Fuzz: Music from the Motion Picture, was released on 19 February 2007 in the United Kingdom, and on 17 April 2007 in the United States and Canada. The UK release contains 22 tracks, and the North American release has 14. The film's score is by British composer David Arnold, who has scored the James Bond film series since 1997. The soundtrack album's "Hot Fuzz Suite" is a compilation of excerpts from Arnold's score.[50] According to the DVD commentary, the scenes where Nicholas Angel is at a convenience store, while leaving Sandford, and his return to the Police Station while arming for the final shootout (found in the track "Avenging Angel"), were scored by Robert Rodríguez, who didn't see the rest of the film while writing the music.

Other music from the film is a mix of 1960s and 1970s British rock (The Kinks, T.Rex, The Move, The Sweet, The Troggs, Arthur Brown, Cloud 69, Cozy Powell), New Wave (Adam Ant, XTC) and Glaswegian indie band (The Fratellis).[50][51] The soundtrack album features dialogue extracts by Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, and other cast members, mostly embedded in the music tracks.[52] The song selection also includes some police-themed titles, including Supergrass' "Caught by the Fuzz" as well as "Here Come the Fuzz", which was specially composed for the film by Jon Spencer's Blues Explosion.[6][50]

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  • Hot fuzz — Titre québécois Superflic Réalisation Edgar Wright Acteurs principaux Simon Pegg Nick Frost Jim Broadbent Timothy Dalton Paddy Considine Edward Woodward Billie Whitelaw Scénario Simon Pegg Edgar Wright …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Hot Fuzz — Título Arma fatal Super policías Ficha técnica Dirección …   Wikipedia Español

  • Hot fuzz — Filmdaten Deutscher Titel: Hot Fuzz – Zwei abgewichste Profis Originaltitel: Hot Fuzz Produktionsland: Großbritannien Erscheinungsjahr: 2007 Länge: 116 Minuten Originalsprache: Englisch …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Hot Fuzz — Filmdaten Deutscher Titel Hot Fuzz – Zwei abgewichste Profis Originaltitel Hot Fuzz …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Hot Fuzz (soundtrack) — Infobox Album Name = Hot Fuzz Type = Soundtrack Artist = various artists Longtype = to Hot Fuzz Released = flagicon|UK February 22, 2007 Recorded = Genre = Rock Psychedelic rock Pop Alternative rock Hard rock Britpop New Wave Indie rock Glam Rock …   Wikipedia

  • Hot Fuzz - Zwei abgewichste Profis — Filmdaten Deutscher Titel: Hot Fuzz – Zwei abgewichste Profis Originaltitel: Hot Fuzz Produktionsland: Großbritannien Erscheinungsjahr: 2007 Länge: 116 Minuten Originalsprache: Englisch …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Hot Fuzz – Zwei abgewichste Profis — Filmdaten Deutscher Titel: Hot Fuzz – Zwei abgewichste Profis Originaltitel: Hot Fuzz Produktionsland: Großbritannien Erscheinungsjahr: 2007 Länge: 116 Minuten Originalsprache: Englisch …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Fuzz — may refer to: *Vellus, a type of short, fine body hair on an animal *Tomentum, a filamentous hairlike growth on a plant *Focus (optics), a blur effect *Fuzzbox, an electric guitar distortion effect *A derogatory slang term for the police… …   Wikipedia

  • Fuzz — Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom. Fuzz peut faire référence à: Fuzz (Sonorisation) Fuzz, film diffusé également sous le titre Les Poulets Hot Fuzz, un film britannique d’Edgar Wright sorti …   Wikipédia en Français


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