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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

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

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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9 October 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Mann im Hintergrund  »

Box Office

Budget:

$17,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$10,278,549 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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The locations that director Ridley Scott chose for the opening of "Someone to Watch Over Me" exemplified Scott's strong sense of style and vision. In the opening scene, the director used New York, Los Angeles, and the Queen Mary ship in Long Beach for a scene scripted at a Manhattan disco. Other locations included the Wilshire Ebell Theater. The entrance to downtown Los Angeles' Rex Il Ristorante and the now vacant Lakeview Hospital. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[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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Soundtracks

JOHNNY COME HOME
Written by David Steele and Roland Gift
Performed by Fine Young Cannibals
Courtesy of I.R.S. Records and London Records, Ltd.
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average, but somehow very attractive
24 April 2002 | by (Nara, Japan) – See all my reviews

This has been one of my favorite movies. I admit that this is not something that might be recognized by academy people. There is nothing new and original about the story and situation and it is rather easy to guess what would happen next. But somehow it is an attractive movie (to me?) and I keep watching it over and over (I have a video). Actors are good and the view of New York is wonderful in every part of the movie. Most of all music is superb! Ever since I first saw this movie, "Someone to watch over me" has been my favorite jazz standard. One more thing. If somebody else directed this it might have been VERY boring. Great touch by Ridley Scott.


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