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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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Captain Giles
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Reynaldo McGuire
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Tony Harmon
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Carol Reimers
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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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5 August 1987 (USA)  »

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Dos policías al acecho  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$5,170,403, 9 August 1987, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$65,673,233
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Demi Moore and Bruce Willis met at the screening of "Stakeout" in August 1987. They got hitched at the Golden Nugget in Vegas in November 1987 See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[after robbing gas station]
Richard "Stick" Montgomery: How much we got?
Caylor Reese: $273
Richard "Stick" Montgomery: That's good. As long as we have gas money, that's all we need.
Caylor Reese: Yeah. But its hardly worth rubbing people out for.
Richard "Stick" Montgomery: [defensive] What?
Caylor Reese: [doesn't want to try to explain] Nothing.
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Connections

Remade as Nirnayam (1991) See more »

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Why Do You Run
Written by Graham Ward
Performed by The Ward Brothers
Courtesy of Virgin Records Ltd. / A & M Records Inc.
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A forgotten 80s gem

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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