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Someone to Watch Over Me (1987)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Romance  |  9 October 1987 (USA)
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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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He's a streetwise cop who just made detective. She's a stunning sophisticate who just saw a murder. A killer is the only thing they had in common. Until tonight. See more »


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Release Date:

9 October 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Mann im Hintergrund  »

Box Office


$17,000,000 (estimated)


$10,278,549 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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First major role in a cinema movie for actress Lorraine Bracco. 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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Referenced in Death Force (1989) See more »


Written by Steve Winwood, George Flemming and James Hooker
Performed by Steve Winwood
Courtesy of Island Records
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A Sentimental Favorite
5 October 2003 | by (New Jersey, USA) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie when I was younger and for some reason it always stuck with me. I'll always remember the music (the title song as well as the classical pieces used throughout), the vestibule of Mimi Roger's apartment palace, the scene of Tom Berenger having breakfast with his family, Lorraine Bracco's fiery performance as his wife, and the haunting opening aerial shots of NYC lit up at night. I watched it again for the first time in probably nine or ten years and it was like visiting with an old friend or curling up with a good book you had read before. You knew the story, but it was all fascinatingly interesting. The plot here is pretty basic: working class cop has to babysit upper class babe who witnesses heinous murder. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out how it all ends, but director Ridley Scott somehow manages to keep it compelling thanks to some great direction and wonderful performances from the cast. Somewhere I saw this billed as an erotic thriller, which is way off base. Scott keeps everything here extremely classy. It's more of a romantic thriller and throwback to the noir films of the 1940's. This may not be the best film you'll ever see, but it's one of the better thrillers of the 1980's, and a worthy testament to Ridley Scott's versatility as a director. It's also nice to see Jerry Orbach in a supporting role that probably paved the way for his part in the never ending "Law and Order" TV series.

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