Special Unit

Due to the fairness in disabilities act, the Van Nuys P.D. is forced to hire four handicapped undercover detectives, and their training officer is the worst cop in L.A..

  • Christopher Titus
    Director
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  • Christopher Titus
    Writer
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  • Christopher Titus
    Producer
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  • Christopher Titus
    Key Cast
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  • Billy Gardel
    Key Cast
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  • Cynthia Watros
    Key Cast
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  • David Figlioli
    Key Cast
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  • Debbie Lee Carrington
    Key Cast
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  • Tobias Forrest
    Key Cast
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  • Michael Aronin
    Key Cast
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  • Project Type:
    Feature
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 42 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    November 1, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    380,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Shooting Format:
    UHD
  • Aspect Ratio:
    185:1
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Los Angeles Film Awards
    Los Angeles, CA
    United States
    March 31, 2017
    BEST COMEDY FEATURE
  • Actor Awards Los Angeles
    Los Angeles, CA
    United States
    March 31, 2017
    Best Actor Lead Role Christopher Titus
  • Riverside International Film Festival
    Riverside, CA
    United States
    April 23, 2017
  • Richmond International Film Festival
    Richmond, Virginia
    United States
    March 4, 2017
Director Biography - Christopher Titus

Christopher Titus was a seemingly overnight success with his own TV series, "Titus", in 2000. However Christopher had worked for 12 years doing stand-up. His father was a womanizing, beer guzzling salesman and Titus endured a series of stepmothers until, at age 12, he decided to run away from home to live with his schizophrenic mother. From these situations he developed what he would call, "therapeutic stand-up comedy." With seven full length comedy specials and three different television shows complete, Titus has now set his eyes on film making; and like his stand-up, it's the right amount of wrong.

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Director Statement

After a ten year quest to make a movie starring disabled actors and comedians, SPECIAL UNIT got finished. I have friends who are disabled and they deal with a different world. As I crossed the street one sunny California day, there was a woman on the other side in a wheelchair; she had one leg, purse clenched on her lap and was looking very sad. Everyone just walked by. Not even the normal head nod was given to her by the people who walked past. I walked by and said, "what's up kid?". She didn't say "Hello", she said, "Thank you". It woke me up to the invisibility they live in. The disabled have an extra tough life. Besides having a disability, they have the public looking away or worse, staring. Imagine living in that, all day, everyday. On top of that, Hollywood doesn't utilize them often. If they do it's in a Hallmark movie or playing a "special little hero".
This movie was written to cross that line and stop making them "Special" and instead, make them just like us. Able, angry, funny, demanding, funny, fearless and again, funny. We did not treat them precious at all in this script. You can't make a difference feathering the accelerator so in this movie we pulled the PC limiter and dropped the hammer. The idea for SPECIAL UNIT came to me in a flash and I had to pull my car over because I was laughing so hard. Combustion Films' motto is "Funny First", but after we get that, we want to make a difference with whatever we do. Hope you enjoy the film.