Two cops have to observe a woman. One of them falls in love with her.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Phil Coldshank
Jack Pismo
Caylor Reese
Captain Giles
Jackson Davies ...
FBI Agent Lusk
J.J. Makaro ...
Scott Andersen ...
Reynaldo McGuire
Tony Harmon
Beatrice Boepple ...
Carol Reimers
Kyle Wodia ...
Jeffrey Reimers (as Kyle Woida)
Jan Speck ...
Kelly McDonald


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 davcalla777

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Release Date:

5 August 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dos policías al acecho  »

Box Office


$65,673,233 (USA)

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First of two "Stakeout" pictures. The second, Another Stakeout (1993), was made and released about six years later in 1993. See more »


During the first arrest at the fish processing plant, mountain peaks are visible close to the downtown Seattle area. There are no mountain peaks adjacent to downtown Seattle. Mount Rainier is sometimes visible in the distance, but it is about a two to three hour drive from downtown Seattle. See more »


Chris Lecce: [whilst searching Maria's house, Chris holds up a newspaper clipping about Montgomery] Now is no time to be pausing for the news, Chris
Bill Reimers: Now is no time to be pausing for the news, Chris
Chris Lecce: [Chris continues his search]
Chris Lecce: Ah - we have a letter. 'Dear Maria, I hear you are doing okay. I hear you are seeing a couple of guys. Sometimes I get so mad I could wipe out the entire world, and enjoy myself doing it'. Now how could she have dumped a charmer like him?
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Surpsisingly entertaining
15 September 2009 | by (Finland) – See all my reviews

Good stuff from the 80's. A cop buddy movie, with a little romance, a little action and a lot of comedy. The comedy part works out pretty well. The soundtrack is, well, very 80's.. but very good also. Serious scenes depicting the bad guys are pretty realistic and the movie has surprisingly dark tones in these parts. Only thing I don't like about in this movie, is that Richard Dreyfuss was 40 when he made this, gray hair and not that much of it, he doesn't have the looks of Connery, and he gets this hot young girl. Of course he is nice and funny and all that, but I found it to be a bit of a far stretch. Also the main characters have both a funny mustache which makes Dreyfuss look even older.

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