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The Squeeze (1987)

PG-13 | | Action, Comedy, Crime | 10 July 1987 (USA)
A mysterious black box spells danger to a con man and female detective.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ric Abernathy ...
Bouncer
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Harry Berg
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Ralph Vigo
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Rachel Dobs
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Poker Player
Leslie Bevis ...
Gem Vigo
Lou Criscuolo ...
Kurt
Ray Gabriel ...
Security Guard
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Joe
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Rigaud
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Freddy
Richard E. Huhn ...
Police Clerk
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Nick
Jeffrey Josephson ...
Al
Liane Langland ...
Hilda
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His ex-wife asks the unsuccessful gambler and inventor Harrison for a small favor: to get her a parcel from a friend's apartment - without telling him what's in it. Suddenly he finds himself assaulted by villains and shortly after even under suspect of murder. The inexperienced P.I. Rachel is hired by an unknown party to rid him of the parcel - but soon befriends him. Together they try to figure out what kind of game is being played. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Just a few weeks ago, nobody cared if he was alive. Now everybody wants him dead. For Harry Berg, that's progress. See more »


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$19,000,000 (estimated)

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$2,228,951 (USA)
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Trivia

During the production, veteran stuntman Victor Magnotta drowned while performing a car stunt in which the auto was driven off a Hoboken NJ pier and plunged into the Hudson River. Vic's untimely death (in his early 40s) was the result of several miscalculations. The car was supposed to run off the end of the pier, flat-splash in the Hudson, and sink slowly, but the vehicle had been stripped of all excess weight, including the gas tank. There was a small canister tank under the hood with just enough fuel to pull off the stunt, because environmental laws prohibited fuel leakage into the river. This made the car abnormally nose-heavy. Vic was strapped inside in a five-point harness, and had a "pony" air bottle w/regulator close at hand. For whatever reason, it was decided to replace the car's glass windshield with with one made from a sheet of plexiglass. When the effects crew screwed down the new windshield, the torque on their portable drills was apparently set too high, and the screws stripped out their holes. Vic drove off the end of the pier, but the car had the weight of the engine in front, and very little weight in the rear. Instead of "pancaking" into the river, the car immediately nosed over, and hit the surface grille-first. The onrushing water hit the windshield, ripped out the screws, and wrapped the plastic strip around Vic. He couldn't even get to his air bottle. Safety divers responded immediately, but before they could unwrap him from the failed windshield, he was gone. The actual sequence (not the aftermath, of course) was used in the film. See more »

Goofs

Rachel and Harry are locked in a bathroom trying to escape from Titus. The place is illuminated very brightly but when the two run away through a window in the next shot no lights appear in the place, it's all dark. See more »

Quotes

Harry Berg: I'm only human!
Rachel Dobs: You're a slime!
Harry Berg: I'm a human slime?
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References Bonanza (1959) See more »

Soundtracks

BLIND BEFORE I STOP
Performed by Meat Loaf
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
by arrangement with Warner Special Products and BMG Arista Records, LTD.
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Odd, but interesting
10 September 2005 | by (Baton Rouge, LA) – See all my reviews

I remember watching this years ago. It was one of several comedies Michael Keaton made in the 80's, but you can see him beginning to stretch a bit beyond his cornball comedy roles (e.g. Night Shift, Mr. Mom, Gung Ho, Johnny Dangerously). You can just see a hint of the dramatic (and dark) flair he would reveal a few years later in Beetle Juice and Batman.

The movie itself is pretty contrived, although it has a great supporting cast. It was fun to see Meat Loaf (whose character is always sweaty, and carries around a battery-operated fan to keep cool) and John Davidson (who essentially plays...himself!).


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