Director: Edgar Wright
Cast: Simon Pegg , Nick Frost , Bill Bailey , Tim Barlow, David Bradley, Timothy Dalton, Edward Woodward , Kevin Eldon, Stuart Wilson, Jim Broadbent , Billie Whitelaw, Paddy Considine, Martin Freeman, Anne Reid, Paul Freeman, Bill Nighy , Steve Coogan
In May and June 2006, England's smallest City of Wells, Somerset became the sleepy village of Sandford, the location of the film, Hot Fuzz.
The fifteenth century Crown at Wells, a coaching inn, pub and restaurant, that overlooks Wells Market Place, became The Crown at Sandford and an integral part of the story, as well as featuring in many of the background shots of the film.
Edgar Wright's 2007 action comedy 'Hot Fuzz' tells the tale of a London cop who, following some conspiring by jealous fellow officers, finds himself transferred to a small-town beat. They also ensure that he is paired with a witless partner in order to compound his misery. Simon Pegg stars as Nicholas Angel, the unfortunate officer on the receiving end of the conspiracy.
Whilst on their new beat, the new partners find themselves faced with a number of strange accidents and events. A number of murders are committed, connected by a figure in a black hood and cloak, which are made to look like accidents. Officer Angel begins to suspect that Sandford is not simply the sleepy town it seemed at first and that something deeper is amiss.
Angel begins to become unpopular with his colleagues for pursuing what everyone else seems content to write off as accidents. His popularity falls further when he publicly arrests Skinner, the manager of the local Somerfield supermarket (played by Timothy Dalton).
He eventually uncovers a sinister plot by the local Neighbourhood Watch Alliance (NWA), together with the local police inspector and Skinner, to murder anyone who might stop Sandford winning the Village of the Year award. The inspector's wife committed suicide some years previously, following a year when the village lost the award for the first time. This had apparently led the inspector to extreme methods.
The film then rises to an action packed crescendo with several gunfights in which members of the NWA are taken out until the problem is finally solved. The village of Sandford is actually the historic small cathedral city of Wells, on the southern edge of the Mendip Hills in Somerset. This charming city has long been a popular tourist destination. It derives its name from the three wells in the city, two of which are in the Bishops Palace and cathedral grounds; the other is in the market place. The wells have long been supposed to have healing powers.
The train station seen in the film is actually Higher Denham in Buckinghamshire . Higher Denham was built in the place of a World War I army camp site. Other scenes were filmed in the capital London, where Angel was originally double-crossed by his colleagues. Hendon Police Training College also features in the film. Hendon is a London suburb with a history that dates back to before the Domesday Book of 1087.
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