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(1987)

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Richard Dreyfuss and Emilio Estevez were having a movie trivia contest on the set one day. Estevez asked Dreyfuss to identify the movie that the line "This is no boating accident" was from. Dreyfuss didn't recognize the quote, despite the fact that he was the actor who said it in Jaws (1975). Deciding that this was too good to pass up, this incident was re-enacted for the film.
Spouses-to-be Aidan Quinn and Elizabeth Bracco met on this shoot.
Aidan Quinn replaced Val Kilmer. Kilmer was originally cast as Richard "Stick" Montgomery but dropped out before filming began.
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Along with Lethal Weapon (1987), Leonard Nimoy was considered as director on both, but was not apparently comfortable with directing big action, and had already signed on to direct 3 Men and a Baby (1987).
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Breakthrough film role actress Madeleine Stowe.
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First major role in a cinema movie for actress Madeleine Stowe.
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One of two 1987 produced screenplays of screenwriter Jim Kouf first released in that year. The other film script was for the picture The Hidden (1987).
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One of three 1987 movies starring actor Richard Dreyfussfirst released in that year. The other pictures were Nuts (1987) and Tin Men (1987).
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First of two "Stakeout" pictures. The second, Another Stakeout (1993), was made and released about six years later in 1993.
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According to Wikipedia, "the film debuted at No. 1 at the box office. It went on to gross $65.6 million domestically [in the USA], ranking [stateside] as the 8th highest grossing film of the year".
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The screenplay for the movie won the Edgar Award for Best Motion Picture awarded to Jim Kouf at the Edgar Allan Poe Awards in 1988.
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The picture was filmed during the months surrounding April 1987.
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One of a number of movies that actor Richard Dreyfuss made at the Walt Disney film studios during the 1980s under the studio's Touchstone Pictures banner.
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The name of the boat seen at the end of the picture was "Silver Gale".
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After Gangster Wars (1981), this was only the second feature film of actress Madeleine Stowe, and since that movie, the first in six years.
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Star Billing: Richard Dreyfuss (1st), Emilio Estevez (2nd), Aidan Quinn (3rd) and Madeleine Stowe (4th).
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The alias name that Detective Chris Lecce (Richard Dreyfuss) used with Maria McGuire (Madeleine Stowe) was "Bill" which happened to be also the first name of his partner Detective Bill Reimers (Emilio Estevez).
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Wikipedia and show-business trade paper Variety have both reported that although the film is set in Seattle, Washington State, USA the picture was filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
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Both lead actors Richard Dreyfuss and Emilio Estevez sport mustaches in this movie.
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The nickname of Richard Montgomery (Aidan Quinn) was "Stick". The movie was made and released about just a couple of years after the Burt Reynolds picture Stick (1985).
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The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

Dan Lauria reprised his role of phil coldshank in the sequel another stakeout along with his character's dog Winston. In the sequel, he's now captain to Chris and Bill. And there is no mention of the captain from the first one and Forest Whitaker's character who's partners with Coldshank.
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