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Stakeout -- A routine stakeout turns risky when a detective starts a romance with the woman under surveillance -- jeopardizing his partner's career and their lives.


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Release Date:
5 August 1987 (USA) See more »
It's a tough job but somebody's got to do it! See more »
Two cops have to observe a woman. One of them falls in love with her. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Det. Richard Dreyfuss falls in love with the woman he is observing on a stakeout, with comic results See more (62 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Richard Dreyfuss ... Chris Lecce

Emilio Estevez ... Bill Reimers

Madeleine Stowe ... Maria McGuire

Aidan Quinn ... Richard 'Stick' Montgomery

Dan Lauria ... Phil Coldshank

Forest Whitaker ... Jack Pismo

Ian Tracey ... Caylor Reese

Earl Billings ... Captain Giles
Jackson Davies ... FBI Agent Lusk
J.J. Makaro ... B.C.
Scott Andersen ... Reynaldo McGuire

Tony Pantages ... Tony Harmon
Beatrice Boepple ... Carol Reimers
Kyle Wodia ... Jeffrey Reimers (as Kyle Woida)
Jan Speck ... Kelly McDonald
Kim Kondrashoff ... Billy Steeks

Gary Hetherington ... Prison Doctor (as Gary Heatherington)
Don MacKay ... Prison Officer (as Don Mackay)

Don S. Davis ... Prison Gate Guard
Roger Dean ... Prison First Guard
David Brass ... Cafe Waiter

Elizabeth Bracco ... Bar Waitress
Denalda Williams ... Farol Bernie (as Denny Williams)
Norma Matheson ... 1st Paramedic

Blu Mankuma ... 2nd Paramedic

Lossen Chambers ... Supermarket Cashier
Lloyd Berry ... Gas Station Attendant
Winston ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chris J. Clayton ... Pool Player (uncredited)
Robert Prowse ... Corvette Driver (uncredited)

Directed by
John Badham 
Writing credits
Jim Kouf (written by)

Produced by
John Badham .... executive producer
Gregg Champion .... supervising producer
Dana Satler Hankins .... associate producer (as Dana Satler)
Jim Kouf .... producer
Cathleen Summers .... producer
Original Music by
Arthur B. Rubinstein 
Cinematography by
John Seale (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Michael Ripps 
Tom Rolf 
Casting by
Jane Feinberg 
Mike Fenton 
Sid Kozak  (as Sidney Kozak)
Judy Taylor 
Production Design by
Philip Harrison 
Art Direction by
Richard Hudolin 
Set Decoration by
Rose Marie McSherry 
Costume Design by
Mary E. Vogt  (as Mary Vogt)
Makeup Department
Sandy Cooper .... makeup artist
Sherry Linder-Gygli .... hair stylist (as Sherry Linder)
Production Management
Fitch Cady .... production manager
Jayne Armstrong .... post-production supervisor (uncredited)
David Hoberman .... executive in charge of production: Walt Disney Studios (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gregg Champion .... second unit director
Richard Cowan .... third assistant director
Rob Cowan .... first assistant director
Peter Dashkewytch .... second assistant director (as Peter Daskewytch)
Susan Patterson .... dgc trainee
David W. Rose .... first assistant director: second unit
Malcolm 'Mac' Williams .... second assistant director: second unit
Art Department
Lesley Beale .... assistant set decorator
Kenneth H. Hawryliw .... assistant property master
Neil McLeod .... assistant property master
Michael Ritter .... assistant art director
Grant Swain .... property master
David Willson .... construction coordinator
John G. Anderson .... construction buyer (uncredited)
Bob Bottieri .... head painter (uncredited)
La Vonne Girard .... set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
Richard Adams .... sound editor (as Dick Adams)
Wayne Artman .... sound re-recording mixer
Tom Beckert .... sound re-recording mixer
Scott Boyd .... assistant sound editor
Milton C. Burrow .... supervising sound editor
Neil Burrow .... sound editor
Scott Burrow .... sound editor
Graham Crowell .... boom operator
Tom E. Dahl .... sound re-recording mixer
Gordon Davidson .... sound editor
William R. Easystone .... sound re-recordist
Ellen Heuer .... foley artist
Jeff Jones .... assistant sound editor
Kelly L. Manger .... assistant sound editor
William L. Manger .... supervising sound editor
Greg Orloff .... foley re-recordist
Richard Oswald .... sound editor (as Richard L. Oswald)
John Roesch .... foley artist
Chester Slomka .... sound editor
Larry Sutton .... sound mixer
Carolyn Tapp .... foley recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Rory Cutler .... special effects crew
Corbin Fox .... special effects crew (as Corbin H. Fox)
Don Leask .... special effects crew (as Don B. Leask)
Lars Lenander .... special effects crew
Dean Lockwood .... special effects crew
John Thomas .... special effects coordinator
Mike Vézina .... special effects crew (as Mike Vezina)
Bill Devine .... stunts
Jim Dunn .... stunts
Bill Ferguson .... stunts
Tom Glass .... stunts
Stacey Goodman .... stunts
Peter Gray .... stunts
Alex Green .... stunts
Dick Hancock .... stunts
David Jacox .... stunts (as David Jacox Jr.)
Michael Steve Jones .... stunts
George Josef .... stunts
Ken Kirzinger .... stunts
Jennifer Koenig .... stunts
Conrad E. Palmisano .... stunt coordinator: L.A. (as Conrad Palmisano)
Pierre Claude Philoctete .... stunts
Jacob Rupp .... stunt coordinator: Vancouver
John Scott .... stunts
Rick Seaman .... stunts
Bill Stewart .... stunts
Dawn Stofer-Rupp .... stunts
Betty Thomas Quee .... stunts (as Betty Thomas)
John Wardlow .... stunts
Keith Wardlow .... stunts
Greg Wilson .... stunts
Brent Woolsey .... stunts
Michael Langlois .... stunts (uncredited)
Jacob Rupp .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Bob Akester .... still photographer
Cyrus Block .... camera operator
John Clothier .... Steadicam operator
Theo Eglseder .... first assistant cameraman: second unit
Les Erskine .... gaffer
Douglas R. Field .... first assistant cameraman: second unit
Glen Forrieter .... best boy grip
Dave Gordon .... key grip
James Head .... second assistant cameraman
Stephen Jackson .... best boy (as Steve Jackson)
John McCallum .... first assistant cameraman (as Sandy McCallum)
Peter McLennan .... director of photography: second unit
Klaus Melchior .... video assist operator
Douglas Pruss .... second assistant cameraman: second unit (as Doug Pruss)
Al White .... dolly grip
Casting Department
Jim Jasterzebski .... assistant casting
Gina Power .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Wendy Foster .... set costumer
Kevin Knight .... assistant costumer
Danise Lee .... assistant costumer
Stephanie Nolin .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Donn Aron .... first assistant editor: Los Angeles
Jean Caperonis .... first assistant editor: Los Angeles
Sandra Davis .... first assistant editor: Los Angeles (as Sandra J. Davis)
Bruce Giesbrecht .... first assistant editor: Vancouver
Steve Roberts .... first assistant editor: Vancouver
Michael Smith .... first assistant editor: Vancouver
Music Department
Brian Banks .... synthesizer performer
Brian Banks .... synthesizer programmer
Mark Curry .... music score mixer
Robert Fernandez .... music score mixer (as Bobby Hernandez)
Christopher Flick .... assistant music editor (as Chris Flick)
Mark Hoder .... orchestrator (as Mark J. Hoder)
Franklin Jones Jr. .... music score mixer (as Frank Jones)
Anthony Marinelli .... synthesizer performer
Anthony Marinelli .... synthesizer programmer
Abby Treloggen .... music editor
Transportation Department
George A. Grieve .... transportation coordinator (as George Grieve)
Lawrence Albright .... driver: cast (uncredited)
Other crew
Marie Butler .... assistant: Mr. Kouf
Michael Cates .... production assistant (as Mike Cates)
Cisco .... picture mascot
Debbie Coe .... animal handler (as Debra J. Coe)
Lukia Czernin .... production assistant
Lara Fox .... script supervisor
Seth Gechter .... production assistant
Penelope Gottlieb .... title designer
Carrie Hauman .... assistant: Mr. Champion
Tracey Jeffrey .... location manager
George Morrison .... technical advisor (as Commander George Morrison - L.A.P.D.)
Brigitte Prochaska .... unit publicist (as Brigitte D. Prochaska)
Jeri Simon .... assistant: Mr. Badham
Mandy Spencer-Phillips .... production coordinator (as Amanda Spencer-Phillips)
Karen Stewart .... production coordinator (as Karen A. Stewart)
Allen E. Taylor .... production accountant
David Tweet .... production assistant
Jim Filippone .... helicopter pilot (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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117 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | Dolby (35 mm prints)
Argentina:16 | Australia:M | Canada:14A | Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-18 (original rating) | Finland:K-15 (re-rating) | Iceland:12 | Norway:15 | Portugal:M/12 | South Korea:18 (VHS/DVD rating) | South Korea:15 (theatrical rating) (1987) | Sweden:15 (cut) | UK:15 | USA:R (NO. 28573) | West Germany:16

Did You Know?

The name of the boat seen at the end of the picture was "Silver Gale".See more »
Continuity: The driver disappears as the car hits the river.See more »
Bill Reimers:[looking in the refrigerator] I don't believe this. They ate all the food and left dog turds in the fridge.
Chris Lecce:Don't worry. I'll go to the supermarket. What do you want?
Bill Reimers:Truth and justice.
Chris Lecce:Anything else?
Bill Reimers:Doughnuts.
Chris Lecce:Why not? We *are* cops.
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Det. Richard Dreyfuss falls in love with the woman he is observing on a stakeout, with comic results, 17 December 2013
Author: msroz from United States

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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