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Hot Fuzz
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Directed by Edgar Wright
Produced by Nira Park
Tim Bevan
Eric Fellner
Written by Edgar Wright
Simon Pegg
Studio StudioCanal
Working Title Films
Big Talk Productions
Distributed by Rogue Pictures
Universal Pictures
Release date 14 February, 2007
Running time 121 minutes
Budget £8 million
Gross revenue $110,573,848
Preceded by Shaun of the Dead
Followed by The World's End
Big cops. Small town. Moderate violence.

Hot Fuzz is the second film co-written by Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright. It was released in 2007, and focuses on the action and buddy-cop genres. It stars Simon Pegg as Nicholas Angel, Nick Frost as Danny Butterman, Timothy Dalton as Simon Skinner and Jim Broadbent as Frank Butterman.


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 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 the 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 Danny eventually bond over drinks at the local pub and action films, Point Break and Bad Boys II.

A series of gruesome deaths rock the village and all are labelled as accidents. Angel, believing the deaths to be murders, begins to investigate. 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.

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, and the property deal Angel discovered was actually just a coincidence. 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 firearms he confiscated earlier. After Angel meets with Danny in the village, the two begin to dispatch the members of the NWA in an increasingly destructive and frantic series of gun fights. Confronted by their colleagues, who are quickly persuaded of the truth, Angel and Danny take 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. Inspector Butterman attempts to escape in a car but crashes into a tree when the swan Angel caught attacks him from the back seat.

Angel's former superiors arrive from London, begging him to return, as the crime rate has risen dramatically 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 shields Angel and takes the shot. In the resulting chaos, the confiscated sea mine is triggered and the station is destroyed.

The film fast-forwards to one year later and 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.


Sandford Police Service

Simon Pegg as PC/Sgt./Insp. Nicholas Angel
Nick Frost as PC/Sgt. Danny Butterman
Paddy Considine as DS Andy Wainwright
Rafe Spall as DC Andy Cartwright
Kevin Eldon as Sgt. Tony Fisher
Olivia Colman as PC Doris Thatcher
Karl Johnson as PC Bob Walker
Bill Bailey as The Sergeant Turner

Neighbourhood Watch Alliance

Jim Broadbent as Insp. Frank Butterman
Timothy Dalton as Simon Skinner
Edward Woodward OBE as Prof. Tom Weaver
Billie Whitelaw CBE as Joyce Cooper
Eric Mason as Bernard Cooper
Stuart Wilson as Dr. Robin Hatcher
Paul Freeman as Rev. Philip Shooter
Kenneth Cranham as James Reaper
Peter Wight as Roy Porter
Julia Deakin as Mary Porter
Patricia Franklin as Annette Roper
Lorraine Hilton as Amanda Paver
Tim Barlow as Mr. Treacher
Trevor Nichols as Greg Prosser
Elizabeth Elvin as Sheree Prosser
Rory McCann as Michael Armstrong

Metropolitan Police Service

Bill Nighy as the Chief Inspector
Martin Freeman as the Sergeant
Steve Coogan as the Inspector (uncredited)
Cate Blanchett as Janine (uncredited)
Edgar Wright as Dave (uncredited)

London residents

Peter Jackson as Father Christmas (uncredited)
Joe Cornish as Bob
Chris Waitt as Dave
Garth Jennings as Crack Addict (uncredited)

Sandford residents

Stephen Merchant as Peter Ian Staker
Alice Lowe as Tina
David Bradley as Arthur Webley
Anne Reid as Leslie Tiller
Ben McKay as Peter Cocker
Adam Buxton as Tim Messenger
David Threlfall as Martin Blower
Lucy Punch as Eve Draper
Ron Cook as George Merchant
Edgar Wright as Shelf Stacker (uncredited)
Joseph McManners as Gabriel
Graham Low as The Living Statue
Alexander King as Aaron A Aaronson
Kevin Wilson as Butcher Brother
Nicholas Wilson as Butcher Brother

Archive footage

Martin Lawrence as Detective Marcus Burnett (Bad Boys II)
Will Smith as Detective Mike Lowrey (Bad Boys II)
Keanu Reeves as Johnny Utah (Point Break)
Patrick Swayze as Bodhi (Point Break)

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