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

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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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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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9 October 1987 (USA)  »

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Der Mann im Hintergrund  »

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$17,000,000 (estimated)

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$10,278,549 (USA)
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Trivia

The film takes its title from the 1926 Gershwin (George Gershwin - Ira Gershwin) song of the same "Someone to Watch Over Me" name. This movie was made and released about sixty-one years after the song was first performed. See more »

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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 »

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[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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SUSPICIOUS MINDS
Written by Francis Zambon
Performed by Fine Young Cannibals
Courtesy of I.R.S. Records and London Records, Ltd.
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I'll 'watch' it again
9 March 2002 | by (NJ) – See all my reviews

Brooklyn detective (Berenger) gets promoted & has new assignment - Keep watch over rich & sultry Manhattanite Claire Gregory (Mimi Rogers) becuz she witnessed a murder. NEVER pair up 2 good-looking people for night time (or daytime) close association no matter HOW solid one's marriage is!! And why not? Becuz THIS could happen!

'Watch' this film & find out.

Berenger looks fit & handsome as usual, especially back in the '80's. Rogers should have gotten a better hairdo. Larrainne Bracco, a NY favorite of mine, is just great in this role. Jerry Orbach, Berenger's superior is another NY favorite of mine. Tony DiBenedetto (the big burly limo driver from My Favorite Year) was also 'on the watch' & played Berenger's best friend. The most annoying thing about this film is the slow awful tune sung by Sting here! When the credits role in the beginning, we're shown The Big Bad Apple in all it's glory, lit up in the dark like nobody's business! But that song makes you just want to fast-forward!! Arrrgh!! Then he sings it again at the end!! Arrrgh!!


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