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Film / Super Fuzz

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Italian-made low budget Super Hero comedy from 1980 about a police officer named David Speed (Terence Hill), who gets hit with an atomic blast, and then discovers he has super powers. Ernest Borgnine is his partner, Sergeant William Dunlop. Better than it sounds, and much more fun to boot, this was a staple of cable movie channels in the early 1980s.

Do not confuse with fellow "cop film with a twist" Hot Fuzz.

This film provides examples of:

  • Barrier-Busting Blow: At one point, the titular officer punches two criminals through a door.
  • Big Bad: Tony Torpedo, a mobster who is using his legitimate businesses as a front for a counterfeiting operation.
  • Bullet Catch: Dave has a goon fire some seven shots at him. And he catches first six with the barrel of his (empty) revolver and the seventh, with his teeth!.
  • Digging to China: The movie ends with Dave making a Diving Save on his partner (Ernest Borgnine) who's falling from a balloon twenty feet up — the two end up plunging into the Earth. As his Love Interest is mourning their demise, she suddenly receives a phone call from China, whereupon our two heroes are seen making the call surrounded by a horde of curious Chinese villagers.
  • The Dragon: Femme Fatale Rosie LaBouche is Torpedo's right-hand girl, and the most competent villain that Dave faces.
  • How We Got Here: The movie starts with Dave facing his fourth execution attempt (this time by the electric chair) for the alleged murder of his superior and friend, Sergeant Willy Dunlop (Ernest Borgnine). While taking his last walk once more, Dave reminisces about how this all got started.
  • The Man They Couldn't Hang: Dave has already had three attempted executions for allegedly killing his partner. 1) Gas chamber, he just inhaled the poison without harm. 2) Hanged, but the rope broke. 3) And firing squad, but every bullet missed.
  • Market-Based Title: In the actual movie, the title is Super Snooper, but the packaging calls it Super Fuzz.
  • Mundane Utility: Dave uses his powers to do the housework. His fiancee is not impressed.
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: The Movie.
  • Not Even Bothering with the Accent: Terence Hill's Italian accent is very obvious in some scenes. Like, he sounds like Tommy Wiseau at times.
  • Oh, Crap!: The protagonist is about to be electrocuted when he sees the Femme Fatale has left a bouquet of red roses in the witness room.
  • Old Cop, Young Cop: There is a big enough age gap between clever and bright-eyed rookie protagonist Dave and his cranky partner Willy Dunlop that Dave is dating Willy's niece.
  • Quirky Miniboss Squad: Most of Torpedo's dirty work is done by a trio of dim-witted mooks led by a Hawaiian-shirted thug named Paradise.
  • Saved by the Platform Below: Played with. After developing his super powers, Speed and his partner respond to a situation on the 23rd floor of a building. During the scuffle, Speed gets thrown out of the window. There's a window washing platform a couple of floors down, but Speed misses it. Instead, he uses his powers to safely land on the sidewalk. When he rejoins the fight, his partner looks out of the window, sees the platform, and assumes this trope got played.
  • So Bad, It's Good: invoked Along with the below, gets used for comedy.
  • Special Effects Failure: Invoked for comedy. It gets pretty funny at times.
  • Super Cop: Provide the trope pic.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Seeing the color red turns off the hero's powers.
  • We Need a Distraction: Promising not to use his superpowers, Dave gives a trio of mooks an extended drunk-driving test, leaving them more uncoordinated than if they had actually been drinking.