Down 1,159 this week

Loose Cannons (1990)

R  |   |  Action, Comedy, Crime  |  9 February 1990 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 4.7/10 from 3,424 users  
Reviews: 25 user | 12 critic

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.


Watch Trailer
0Check in

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video


Celebrate IMDb's 25th Anniversary with Photos We Love

IMDb turns a classy 25 on October 17! To celebrate, we put together a gallery of some of our favorite movie, TV, and event photos from the last 25 years.

See the Photos We Love

Related News

Win The Informant on Blu-ray
'Save Our Scripts' producers chosen
| ScreenDaily

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 35 titles
created 20 Sep 2011
a list of 43 titles
created 12 Apr 2012
a list of 1951 titles
created 23 Jun 2012
a list of 25 titles
created 14 Jun 2013
a list of 71 titles
created 7 months ago

Related Items

Search for "Loose Cannons" on

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: Loose Cannons (1990)

Loose Cannons (1990) on IMDb 4.7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Loose Cannons.

User Polls



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A retired CIA agent is recruited to participate in a prisoner exchange with the Russians.

Director: Nicholas Meyer
Stars: Gene Hackman, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Kurtwood Smith
Comedy | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

When police discover that a mob hitman has moved in next door to the Robbersons, they want to find out what he is up to. So they set up a stakeout in the Robbersons' home. Hard-nosed, ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Ritchie
Stars: Chevy Chase, Jack Palance, Dianne Wiest
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

A timid college professor, conned into posing as a flamboyant pimp, finds himself enjoying his new occupation on the streets.

Director: Michael Pressman
Stars: Dan Aykroyd, Howard Hesseman, Donna Dixon
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

The escaped delinquent John W. Burns, Jr. replaces Dr. Maitlin on a radio show, saying he's the psychiatrist Lawrence Baird. His tactless radio show is a hit, and he becomes very popular. ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Ritchie
Stars: Dan Aykroyd, Walter Matthau, Charles Grodin
Narrow Margin (1990)
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A woman secretly witnesses the murder of her blind date for the evening by a top Mafia boss. She immediately goes into hiding without informing the authorities. When they finally catch up ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Hyams
Stars: Gene Hackman, Anne Archer, James Sikking
Loose Cannons (2010)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Tommaso is the youngest son of the Cantones, a large, traditional southern Italian family operating a pasta-making business since the 1960s. On a trip home from Rome, where he studies ... See full summary »

Director: Ferzan Ozpetek
Stars: Riccardo Scamarcio, Nicole Grimaudo, Alessandro Preziosi
The Chamber (1996)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A young man fresh out of law school tries to win a reprieve for his racist grandfather who is on death row.

Director: James Foley
Stars: Chris O'Donnell, Gene Hackman, Faye Dunaway
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Floyd, the owner of a bar on the Texas coast, has been depressed for a year after his wife disappeared in a swimming accident. He lives with his senile father-in-law "The General" and is ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Masterson
Stars: Gene Hackman, Teri Garr, Burgess Meredith
Amos & Andrew (1993)
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

When Andrew Sterling, a successful black urbanite writer buys a vacation home on a resort in New England the police mistake him for a burglar. After surrounding his home with armed men, ... See full summary »

Director: E. Max Frye
Stars: Nicolas Cage, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Lerner
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

When a boxer is killed because he wouldn't take a dive, his brother tries to find a way to avenge him even if only symbolically.

Director: David Drury
Stars: Gene Hackman, Craig Sheffer, Jeff Fahey
Flashback (1990)
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

In 1989, clean-cut FBI man John Buckner is detailed to escort heavily-bearded Huey Walker back to jail for offenses dating back to his days as a celebrated hippie radical. After Walker ... See full summary »

Director: Franco Amurri
Stars: Dennis Hopper, Kiefer Sutherland, Carol Kane
Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

The nephew of a librarian must go collect a 200 year old book, "The Book of Ulthar." that should have never been checked out by the Evil Count Orlock cause one of the spells in it could ... See full summary »

Director: Jim Wynorski
Stars: Robert Vaughn, Teri Copley, Steve Altman


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 <>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Detective Mack Stern is facing the greatest challenge of his career... his new partner. See more »


R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:





Release Date:

9 February 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Von Metz Incident  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$5,585,154 (USA)

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


The working title of the film was "The Von Metz Incident". See more »


When Grimmer shoots at Ellis behind the stained glass at Grand Central Station, his gun locks as if he has fired his last round of a magazine. When the camera comes back to him, the gun is back to ready position without his cycling a magazine. See more »


Ellis Fielding: Humpty Dumpty's back on the wall!
See more »


Featured in Siskel & Ebert: The Worst Films of 1990 (1991) See more »


I'm Popeye the Sailor Man
Written by Samuel Lerner
Performed by Dan Aykroyd (uncredited)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

not that bad, geez
7 July 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'm 15. I first remember seeing this film along time ago when I was about 8 or 9 years old. Now after renting from the video store I had a chance to view it again.

Gene Hackman plays Mac, a cop who is reluctantly partnered with Ellis (Dan Aykroyd) to solve a series of grisly murders. Ellis also happens to have Multiple Personality Disorder and when faced with violence he begins to go into these alternate personalities, mostly characters from popular television shows. Back to the story, the killer behind the murders is a German named Von Metz (Robert Prosky) who has employed a group of bloodthirsty hitmen to kill anyone who has viewed a snuff film that contains the death of Hitler at the hands of Von Metz. Now Von Metz, if he can get the film off the black market, will almost certainly be elected as chancellor of West Germany.

Now a lot of people have dissed this movie for numerous reasons; I only agree with a few of them. Yes, I think Dan Aykroyd's character could have been pulled off by somebody better, like Robin Williams. This movie isn't really all that violent, yes people get shot a lot, but that is about it, even though many people say it is. Also many people say this movie isn't really that funny, I found myself laughing quite a few times.

I give it a 6/10

9 of 12 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
horrible american movie gondwana
Great Movie pinkpantherray
Soundtrack Question p-m-g
Mel Brooks isaacafek
Andy Dick cerule14
Discuss Loose Cannons (1990) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: