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Release Date:
9 October 1987 (USA) See more »
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 »
A married New York cop falls for the socialite murder witness he's been assigned to protect. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Underrated Masterpiece See more (45 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Tom Berenger ... Det. Mike Keegan

Mimi Rogers ... Claire Gregory

Lorraine Bracco ... Ellie Keegan

Jerry Orbach ... Lt. Garber

John Rubinstein ... Neil Steinhart

Andreas Katsulas ... Joey Venza
Tony DiBenedetto ... T.J. (also as Tony Di Benedetto)
James E. Moriarty ... Koontz (as James Moriarty)

Mark Moses ... Win Hockings

Daniel Hugh Kelly ... Scotty
Harley Cross ... Tommy Keegan

Joanne Baron ... Helen Greening
Anthony Bishop ... Waiter
David Berman ... Cop #1
Sharon K. Brecke ... Bimbo (as Sharon Brecke)
Peter Carew ... Doorman

Christopher Cass ... Rookie Cop
Jim Paul Eilers ... Sparks
Suzi Gilder ... Pretty Young Thing (as Susi Gilder)
Mary Gillis ... Mary, Claire's Maid
Billy Kane ... Brooklyn
Helen Lambros ... Met Benefactress

Jack McGee ... Bartender
Meg Mundy ... Antonia
Jeff Nielsen ... Tie Salesman
Harlan Cary Poe ... Killer
Marilyn Rockafellow ... Marge
Helen Tran ... Vietnamese Girl
Harvey Vernon ... Giddings
Mark Voland ... Plainclothes Cop #1
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Anthony Caso ... Chauffeur (uncredited)

John Corbett ... Walker (uncredited)
Jack Couch ... Reporter (uncredited)
Louis Durra ... Pianist (uncredited)
Joey Gironda ... Undercover Cop (uncredited)

Timothy Klein ... Rookie Cop (uncredited)

John Sobestanovich ... Line-Up Man (uncredited)

Directed by
Ridley Scott 
Writing credits
Howard Franklin (written by)

Danilo Bach  uncredited
David Seltzer  uncredited

Produced by
Thierry de Ganay .... producer
Mimi Polk Gitlin .... associate producer (as Mimi Polk)
Harold Schneider .... producer
Ridley Scott .... executive producer
Original Music by
Michael Kamen 
Cinematography by
Steven Poster (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Claire Simpson 
Casting by
Joy Todd 
Production Design by
James D. Bissell  (as Jim Bissell)
Art Direction by
Christopher Burian-Mohr  (as Chris Burian-Mohr)
Set Decoration by
Linda DeScenna  (as Linda De Scenna)
Costume Design by
Colleen Atwood 
Makeup Department
Frank Bianco .... hair stylist: New York
Antony Clavet .... hair creator: Miss Rogers and Miss Bracco (as Anthony Clavet)
Antony Clavet .... makeup creator: Miss Rogers and Miss Bracco (as Anthony Clavet)
Barbara Lorenz .... hair stylist
Rick Sharp .... makeup artist
Allen Weisinger .... makeup artist: New York (as Alan Weisinger)
Production Management
William C. Gerrity .... production manager: New York (as Bill Gerrity)
Max Stein .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joseph P. Reidy .... first assistant director
Amy Sayres .... second assistant director: New York (as Amy Sayre)
Robert Yannetti .... second assistant director
Art Department
Craig B. Ayers Sr. .... greens foreman
Tom Cranham .... storyboard artist
Ernest Depew .... construction coordinator (as Ernie Depew)
Gilbert Gertsen .... head carpenter: New York
Ann Harris .... set designer
Steven J. Jordan .... set decorator: New York (as Steven Jordan)
Edward T. McAvoy .... paint foreman (as Ed McAvoy)
Paul McElvin .... leadman
John Jay Moore .... art director: New York (as Jay Moore)
Arthur Shippee .... property master (as Art Shippee)
Walter Stocklin .... property master: New York (as Wally Stocklin)
William James Teegarden .... set designer (as Jim Teegarden)
Patricia Walker .... scenic artist: New York
Sabrina Wright-Gilliar .... set dresser: New York (as Sabrina Wright-Basile)
Sound Department
Gene S. Cantamessa .... sound mixer (as Gene Cantamessa)
Steve Cantamessa .... boom operator
Glenn Freemantle .... assistant sound editor
John Fundus .... boom operator: New York
Dean Humphreys .... assistant sound re-recording mixer
Gerry Humphreys .... sound re-recording mixer
John Poyner .... adr editor
Jim Shields .... sound editor
Laura Dash .... stunt double
Dominic Marcus .... stunts
Ronnie Rondell Jr. .... stunt coordinator (as Ronnie Rondell)
Glenn R. Wilder .... stunt coordinator (as Glenn Wilder)
Camera and Electrical Department
Ken Connors .... best boy: New York
R. Michael De Chellis .... best boy (as Michael De Chellis)
Alan R. Disler .... first assistant camera (as Alan Disler)
Candy Edwards .... second assistant camera (as Candace Edwards)
Russell Engels .... chief lighting technician: New York (as Rusty Engles)
S. Karin Epstein .... still photographer: New York
Gregg Guellow .... key grip
Paul Jacobsen .... lighting technician
Aaron Katz .... video operator
John Koester .... camera operator
Eric Leigh .... electrician
Elliott Marks .... still photographer (as Elliot Marks)
Ken Miller .... dolly grip
George Patsos .... key grip: New York
James Plannette .... chief lighting technician
Maricella Ramirez .... assistant camera
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Michael J. Long .... costume supervisor: men
Robert Musco .... wardrobe supervisor
Linda Serijan .... costume supervisor: women
Editorial Department
Gary Burritt .... negative cutter
Terry Clarke .... editor trainee
Robert Frazen .... assistant editor
Phil Hetos .... color timer (as Phil Heatos)
Brian Peachey .... associate editor
Sarah Thomas .... first assistant editor
William Webb .... first assistant editor
Adrian Trent .... second assistant editor (uncredited)
Location Management
Celia D. Costas .... location manager: New York (as Celia Costas)
Cliff T.E. Roseman .... location manager (as Cliff T. E. Roseman)
Matt Widman .... location assistant
Music Department
Haydn Bendall .... music mixing engineer
Haydn Bendall .... music recording engineer
Mark Berrow .... musician: violin
Stephen McLaughlin .... music recordist (uncredited)
Transportation Department
James E. Foote .... transportation coordinator (as James Foote)
Patrick Hogan .... driver
Michael Hyde .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Heidi August .... production auditor: New York
Nelson Cabrera .... production assistant
Al Cerullo .... helicopter pilot
Deborah Lupard .... production assistant
Blair Bellis Mohr .... production coordinator: New York
Richard Morrison .... title designer
Julie Offer .... location projectionist
Jane Prosnit .... production coordinator
Ana Maria Quintana .... script supervisor
Lydia Telo .... production auditor
Nancy Willen .... publicist
David H. Kramer .... adr loop group (uncredited)

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106 min
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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 »
Continuity: 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...
Det. Mike Keegan:Set 'em up with a drink.
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29 out of 41 people found the following review useful.
Underrated Masterpiece, 26 May 2005
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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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