The film opens with a daring escape of a convict imprisoned for killing an FBI agent, then moves on to two Seattle detectives chasing a suspect who gets away, destroying a forklift in the process, these two detectives are reassigned to a stakeout, watching the girlfriend of the escaped federal prisoner. One falls in love with her, the escaped convict eventually catches up to her, with them actually, and in the midst of their getaway, the escaped convict learns that his woman's man is a cop, but the two detectives kill him, saving the day. Written by
Det. Richard Dreyfuss falls in love with the woman he is observing on a stakeout, with comic results
The IMDb rating of 6.5 for "Stakeout" is about right. It's a good comic-crime film with some well-done action scenes. It becomes much more serious toward the end when bad guy Aidan Quinn becomes a real threat.
I've always thought of Richard Dreyfuss as a comic actor, something like Jack Lemmon, but of course with his own style. He's excellent at amusing us even when his lines are not outright comical but depend on the situation. He's good at irony. Dreyfuss makes this film. Emilio Estevez is along for the ride. Madeleine Stowe does a nice job as a lonely Hispanic woman. Her character also has the comic attribute of wanting to get a nice man as husband. Aidan Quinn provides the needed balance of threat and danger.
It's an enjoyable outing with a nicely-balanced script. There is one car chase that has some spectacular wrecks and rollovers in it.
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