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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A comedy with personality... Lots of them. 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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Did You Know?


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 »


Towards the end of the movie, at Grand Central Station, when Ellis shoots Grimmer, Grimmer is facing Ellis, and falls backwards through the glass. When the scene changes views to the terminal, Grimmer falls forward through the glass. See more »


Ellis Fielding: Humpty Dumpty's back on the wall!
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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Wired (2014) See more »


Burnin' Up Over You
Performed by Yvonne Murray
Written and Produced by Paul Zaza and Yvonne Murray
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I absolutely liked it
27 November 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It was funny and witty and Gene Hackman and Dan Akyroyd are balls of laughter in the film. I'm a fan of buddy cop films, I always look forward to a buddy cop film, from 48 hours to lethal weapon and the dirty harry series; the buddy cop films are a blast.

Dom Deluise is hilarious, a Mel Brooks regular putting in that usual fat charm that made him funny in the first place to good use in this typical but funny caper.

The story is as clichéd as what you see in an 80's/90's cop film; A murder was committed and two cops with different personalities learn to cope with their differences to break the case and shoot-up bad guys. Now I can't say its original but I like the shoot em ups and this was a good shoot em up film. The car chases were inventive and the scene of the train being hijacked from men on helicopters was a well directed action scene. It focused on the humor but didn't ignore the action. The acting was good, Hackman is always great to watch on screen and Dan is a good partner combination.

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