Showtime is a 2002 action comedy directed by Tom Dey (Shanghai Noon) and starring Robert De Niro as Mitch Preston, a no-nonsense LAPD detective who is partnered with Trey Sellars (Eddie Murphy), a patrol officer who has dreams of becoming an actor. Together they become stars of their own reality program as they investigate the use of a very deadly weapon in several crimes. The cast includes Rene Russo and William Shatner as himself.
The following weapons were used in the film Showtime (2002):
WARNING! THIS PAGE CONTAINS SPOILERS!
Modified Saiga-12 Shotgun
The unique weapon used by Ceasar Vargas (Pedro Damian) in the film is a modified Saiga-12 shotgun. It's mentioned by the gun expert Charlie Hertz in the film as "the gun that's not supposed to exist". Designed specifically for this movie and built by gunsmiths Larry Zanoff and the late Jim Boland, the weapon is mentioned to fire depleted uranium shells. It is seen fired in both its compact configuration and in its full extended configuration. The weapon is also fitted with a green laser sight and C-more red dot sight. This weapon was later prominently featured in the series Firefly, as Jayne's favorite gun "Vera".
Modified Saiga-12 Shotgun as seen in Showtime
with stock and barrel extended - 12 Gauge
Closeup of the modified Saiga being taken out. Note the open fold-down barrel.
Ceasar Vargas (Pedro Damian
) fires the modified Saiga with the stock extended and the barrel extension.
Showtime Saiga-12 Compact - 12 Gauge
Screen-used stunt Saiga-12 from Showtime
. Image from Prop Store of London.
Opposite side view of the stunt Saiga-12 from Showtime
. Image from Prop Store of London.
Lazy Boy (Mos Def
) uses the Saiga in the compact form. (Notice how the flip-up barrel is completely flat with no exit. This is not the same gun fired at the truck later in the film (seen above screenshot), which was seen with an open fold down barrel when it was removed from the bag.)
Mossberg 590 Mariner
When confronted at his home, Lazy Boy (Mos Def) tries to defend himself with a pistol-gripped Mossberg 590 Mariner.
Mossberg 590A Mariner with pistol grip and high-capacity magazine tube - 12 Gauge
When confronted at his home, Lazy Boy (Mos Def
) tries to defend himself with a pistol-gripped Mossberg 590
LAPD Detective Mitch Preston (Robert De Niro) is seen carrying a Beretta 9000S at the beginning of the film. He hides it in a large slush cup when he goes undercover to a drug buy.
Mitch Preston (Robert De Niro
) fires his Beretta out of the slush cup.
Mitch with the Beretta 9000S.
Mitch with the Beretta 9000S after shooting a video camera.
Smith & Wesson 4505
Throughout the rest of the film, Mitch carries a Smith & Wesson 4505 as his sidearm. The pistol also is carried by several uniformed LAPD officers.
Smith & Wesson 4505 - .45 ACP
Mitch wields his S&W 4505.
Mitch fires his S&W 4505 at the bank robbers.
Mitch fires his 4505 while chasing down the robbers.
The Beretta 92FS is the main sidearm of LAPD officer Trey Sellars (Eddie Murphy) at the beginning of the film.
Beretta 92SB Nickel
When Trey is partnered with Mitch, he switches to a nickel Beretta 92SB for the remainder of the film.
Silver Beretta 92SB-C, compact model of the 92SB - 9x19mm
Sideview of the Trey's Beretta.
Trey clears the room armed with his Beretta.
Trey's Beretta on the hotel room floor.
A thug is seen with a SIG-Sauer P229 with a stainless slide during the undercover sting. The pistol is later seen in the hands of Mitch's undercover partner Ray (Nestor Serrano).
SIG-Sauer P229 Stainless two tone - 9x19mm
A thug is seen with a SIG-Sauer P229
with a stainless slide during the undercover sting. The pistol may be mistaken for not being loaded with a magazine, but in reality, it is fitted with a 10-round "post-ban" magazine (hence the large gap and hollowed-out space in the base plate).
Ray holds the pistol on the thug.
In the final confrontation in the hotel room, Trey pulls his backup weapon, a NAA Guardian, which Mitch then hides in a video camera.
An M60 machine gun is one of the weapons seen at the gun show.
M60 machine gun with bipod folded - 7.62x51mm NATO
M60 GPMG seen in the background in the upper right.
A Browning M2HB heavy machine gun is one of the weapons seen at the gun show.
Browning M2HB on M3 tripod - .50 BMG
A Browning M2 is seen on the left.
Flintlock muskets and pistols are seen in Charlie's gun booth at the gun show.
Several rifles and shotguns are seen when Mitch goes to a gun shop while conducting the investigation.
, Mossberg shotguns and Remington shotguns are among the weapons seen behind the gun store clerk.
The Gun Show
At one point in the film, Trey and Mitch are seen entering a gun show where many weapons are displayed.
The M51 Quad Mounted system, consisting of quad Browning M2HBs
, is seen along with Revolutionary War flintlocks and a WWII M1 Garand
Note on the far right that the person checking out the MP40
appears to be a postal worker!
Several rifles and shotguns are displayed.
is seen on the table on the left.
Several rifles on the left.