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Stakeout (1987)

Two detectives observe an escaped convict's ex-girlfriend, but complications set in when one of them falls for her.

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Phil Coldshank
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Jack Pismo
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Caylor Reese
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Captain Giles
Jackson Davies ...
FBI Agent Lusk
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B.C.
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Reynaldo McGuire
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Tony Harmon
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Carol Reimers
Kyle Wodia ...
Jeffrey Reimers (as Kyle Woida)
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Kelly McDonald
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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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Who Says A Little Danger Can't Be A Lot Of Fun? See more »

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Comedy | Thriller

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5 August 1987 (USA)  »

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Dos policías al acecho  »

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$65,673,233 (USA)
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First major role in a cinema movie for actress Madeleine Stowe. See more »

Goofs

When the rear window of the convict's car is shot out by the police it is obvious that the window is shattered with a hammer from inside the car. See more »

Quotes

Richard "Stick" Montgomery: Hey. What'd I tell you about touching my books.
Billy Steeks: [raising his voice] I didn't touch your dirty fag rags!
Richard "Stick" Montgomery: Oh yeah! Well then who the hell else did, since its just you and me in here.
Billy Steeks: Piss off!
Richard "Stick" Montgomery: Don't f*cking tell me to piss off.
Billy Steeks: I just did asshole.
[the two start fighting]
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Connections

Referenced in Caroline in the City: Caroline and the Convict (1995) See more »

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Is It Love
Written by Richard Page, Steve George, John Lang & Pat Mastelotto
Performed by Mr. Mister
Courtesy of RCA Records
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A forgotten 80s gem
15 May 2013 | by (Sweden) – See all my reviews

For a film which reached number 1 at the US box office and earned enough movie for the studio to green-light a sequel, Stakeout has strangely enough become a forgotten 80s gem.

The story is simple, officers Lecce (Richard Dreyfuss) and and Reimers (Emilio Estevez) are assigned to a stakeout of the house of waitress Maguire (Madeleine Stowe), hoping that her fugitive ex-boyfriend (Aidan Quinn) will return to her house. Things soon take a bizarre twist, as Lecce, posing as a telephone repairman, and Maguire start to fall in love.

Although the film offers no originality and is riddled with clichés, it is very entertaining. Although it runs for nearly two hours, it thankfully doesn't feel that long and the story keeps you interested all the way. Richard Dreyfus and Emilio Estevez are quality comedians, somewhat surprisingly in my opinion. Their jokes and banter make the comedy part of this film work well.

The thriller elements are good too, Aidan Quinn does a good job making his character look like a real bad-ass, and the film's action sequences are really solid pre-cgi-stuff. I was especially impressed by the car chase, which looks really good.

Overall, this is pure solid 80s entertainment and I think this film deserves to be remembered and watched. I think it is equally good as many other 80s action classics like "48 hours" for example. Recommended!


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