, also known as
, is a
1996 buddy cop
starring Whoopi Goldberg
. Though originally intended
for theatrical release, the film went direct-to-video
, and consequently became the
most expensive direct-to-video film ever made at the time of its
The film was not well-received, and was nominated for the 1996
Golden Raspberry Awards
Despite this, it was listed on the Billboard
"Top Video Rentals" list for
three weeks in August 1996, peaking at #34.
Though Whoopi Goldberg had made a verbal agreement to star in the
film in 1993, she attempted to back out. Abramson filed a US$20
million lawsuit against Goldberg, which they settled very quickly.
Goldberg agreed to star in the film for $7 million, $2 million more
than the originally agreed-upon amount.
One of the attorneys on the case described this as being similar to
the legal battle of Kim Basinger
she tried to back out of the film Boxing Helena
While the film was originally intended for theatrical release,
New Line Cinema
decided that it was
in their best interests to release the film direct-to-video
. This decision came as
a result of failed test screenings in Las Vegas, Memphis, Portland,
Maine and Providence.
The film's $33.5 million budget made it the most expensive
direct-to-video release at that time.