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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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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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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 married cop. A Beautiful witness. Protecting her became a dangerous affair. See more »


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9 October 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Detektiv i dama  »

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$17,000,000 (estimated)

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$10,278,549 (USA)
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Trivia

The Queen Mary ship in Long Beach, California was the site of the disco interiors, including a practical swimming pool that was drained, lit from below, and covered with a plexiglass floor to create the disco's private art gallery. The ship's bar also doubled as a New York bar. Producer Harold Schneider said "Ridley's different. No one can do what he does. The Queen Mary has been photographed hundreds of times, but never the way Ridley photographed it for this film. His vision is awe-inspiring". Scott explained: "I had looked at the Queen Mary for Blade Runner (1982) and I remembered the architecture. The design, the detail, the veneer and the paneling of the ship. It was magnificent. I wanted something glossy, unique, and interesting to represent this gallery disco at the beginning of the film. As soon as I saw the swimming pool of the Queen Mary, I thought 'This could easily be the basement of one of New York's art deco buildings'. We covered the pool with a plexiglass floor and created an art gallery bar". 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 »

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

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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Underrated Masterpiece
26 May 2005 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In Queens, Mike Keegan (Tom Berenger) is celebrating with his wife Ellie (Lorraine Bracco), his son Tommy and friends his recent promotion to detective in a precinct in Manhattan. Meanwhile, in a fancy club, the socialite Claire Gregory (Mimi Rogers) witnesses the murder of the owner of the place by the powerful mobster Joey Venza (Andreas Katsulas). 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.

Today I have just watched "Someone to Watch Over Me" maybe for the sixth or seventh time, and every time I see this movie, I conclude that it is an underrated stylish masterpiece. Everything works perfectly in this film. The story may be not original, the conclusion is quite moralist, but there is an important and unusual approach regarding the difference of classes and consequently of worlds, which is the basis for the conflictive romance between Claire and Mike. The direction of Ridley Scott is tight and perfect, as usual, using different angles camera and magnificent photography and shadows in the night, to express the differences between the two worlds. There is one specific scene that I love, when Mike is sat with his face half illuminated in the hall of Claire's apartment, totally confused and with his feelings divided. The cast is very inspired, and in my opinion, this is the best role of Mimi Rogers, amazingly perfect as an elegant, wealthy and needy of love woman and wearing a beautiful hair style. Tom Berenger is outstanding as Mike, and Lorraine Bracco is also fantastic in the role of a simple woman and wounded wife. The music score is awesome, highlighting the three versions of the song of George and Ira Gershwin, which gives the title of the film, specially the last one with the interpretation of Roberta Flack. My vote is ten.

Title (Brazil): "Perigo na Noite" ("Danger in the Night")


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