Loose Cannons (1990)

R  |   |  Action, Comedy, Crime  |  9 February 1990 (USA)
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An unconventional cop who doesn't take any bull, is paired up with an amazing detective to capture some powerful criminals but the cop soon realizes that his by the book partner has split personality disorder.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ellis Fielding
MacArthur Stern
Harry Gutterman
Von Metz
Jan Tríska ...
Robert Irvin Elliott ...
Monseigneur (as Robert Elliott)
White Rabbit


Mac, the two fisted savy cop finds that he's being saddled with a new partner, a known burn out, to work with him on a new and difficult case. The new partner is, Ellis, an amazing detective, one who puts Sherlock Holmes to shame with his lightning fast deductions. Ellis has a couple of problems. He keeps assuming the personalities of entire casts of Television shows. This can be a problem when people begin shooting at them. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Gene Hackman is a cop who's lost his paitence. Dan Aykroyd is his partner who's lost his mind. See more »


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9 February 1990 (USA)  »

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The Von Metz Incident  »

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$5,585,154 (USA)

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Ellis and MacArthur approach the Capital Building and go inside. The interior, however, is actually the interior of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC. See more »


When Grimmer is shot, he begins to turn as he reaches the stained glass, so he WOULD fall forward through the glass. See more »


Mac: Mr. Gutterman come out of recovery yet?
Nurse: Mr. Gutterman? Oh, you mean the whale from hell?
Harry 'The Hippo' Gutterman: Nurse!
Nurse: Right on cue. Room 116. Help yourself.
Harry 'The Hippo' Gutterman: Help!
Mac: Aren't you going to go in and see what's wrong with him?
Nurse: I'd rather set my head on fire and have it put out with a sledgehammer.
Harry 'The Hippo' Gutterman: Nurse!
Mac: I'd like to see that actually.
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An Unpleasant Experience
16 May 2014 | by See all my reviews

Some movies you want to see just because you want to see how bad they are and that is the reason why I wanted to see "Loose Cannons". This movie was strange as a comedy because the jokes just weren't funny. Also as a cop-buddy movie it doesn't work due to the chemistry between it's lead actors. Gene Hackman and Dan Aykroyd play off each other like two actors who needed the money. The premise was oddly interesting which concerned a piece of Hitler memorabilia and Aykroyd as a schizo cop trying to come to grips with his demons (aka his other personalities).

What could have been an inspiring premise for something unique and twisted in the cop-buddy genre instead gets bogged down by generic action sequences, lame jokes and slapdash direction.

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