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Someone to Watch Over Me (1987)

A married New York cop falls for the socialite murder witness he's been assigned to protect.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ellie Keegan
Neil Steinhart
Joey Venza
Tony DiBenedetto ...
T.J. (as Tony Di Benedetto)
James E. Moriarty ...
Koontz (as James Moriarty)
Win Hockings
Harley Cross ...
Tommy Keegan
Helen Greening
Anthony Bishop ...
David Berman ...
Cop #1
Sharon K. Brecke ...
Bimbo (as Sharon Brecke)


In Queens, Mike Keegan is celebrating with his wife Ellie, his son Tommy and friends his recent promotion to detective in a precinct in Manhattan. Meanwhile, in a fancy club, the socialite Claire Gregory witnesses the murder of the owner of the place by the powerful mobster Joey Venza. Mike is assigned to protect her in the night shift in her apartment in Manhattan. When Venza threatens Claire, the contact of Mike with Claire gets closer and conflicts him, dividing between the love for his family and the heat passion for Claire and the fascination for her world. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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A classic thriller with a twist of romance. See more »


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Release Date:

9 October 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Detektiv i dama  »

Box Office


$17,000,000 (estimated)


$10,278,549 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


On 19th January 1987, the filming company moved to The Burbank Studios. There, production designer James D. Bissell had built the interior of Mike and Ellie's house, as well as Claire Gregory's palatial apartment. See more »


The newspaper which Mike is carrying on his way to his first shift guarding Claire has the word "SUPERMEN!" on the back page. He is carrying an identical newspaper three or four days later. See more »


[first lines]
Det. Mike Keegan: Hey! We got food back there, you know; all right? Hey, thanks for comin' - good to see ya. Come on in, get a drink. T.J...
T.J.: Yeah?
Det. Mike Keegan: Set 'em up with a drink.
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Ebben ? ne andro lontana
(Aria from opera "La Wally")
Composed by Alfredo Catalani
Performed by Wilhelmenia Fernandez with London Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Vladimir Cosma
Courtesy by DEG Records, Inc.
Soundtrack from Diva (1981)
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Routine, but actually quite good
26 April 2004 | by (Las Vegas, USA) – See all my reviews

We've seen the script a hundred times if we've seen it once; happily married cop assigned to stand guard over a beautiful woman, cop falls in love with woman, etc. The difference with this one is that it actually works, even though you know how the story is going to go. Berenger is solid in the lead and Bracco fantastic as the fiery wife, while Rogers is sultry in a very classy way as the other woman. Andreas Katsulas is menacing and scary as Venza, which was perfect for this part. The classical music scores add a perfect touch, and the ending is actually quite thrilling. Something about this one just clicks, making it one of the better films of the genre. 7.5 out of 10.

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