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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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Where protection ends, obsession begins. 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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One of two late 1980s Hollywood thrillers with a title based on a famous song. The other was Harold Becker's 1989 film Sea of Love (1989). Both movies were set in New York City and both pictures prominently feature their famous tunes in the movie. 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 »


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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Fine acting
12 January 2003 | by (Ottawa, Canada) – See all my reviews

As other reviewers have noted, the story is none too special, quite generic. But even a generic story can be made memorable by good writing, good acting, and good directing; this movie has all three of those. Tom Berenger as the somewhat naive and vulnerable work-class junior detective. Mimi Rogers (who I did not even recognize initially, with the 80's hairstyle), as the upper-class murder witness. And even the supporting cast were all great. Nobody overacted, and no cliches. I credit the director, Ridley Scott, for keeping it low-key and believable.

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