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Loose Cannons -- Veteran Gene Hackman teams up with schizophrenic detective Dan Aykroyd in this wacky, action-packedthriller.
Loose Cannons -- 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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Writers (WGA):
Richard Christian Matheson (written by) &
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Release Date:
9 February 1990 (USA) See more »
Detective Mack Stern is facing the greatest challenge of his career... his new partner. See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Dan Aykroyd ... Ellis Fielding

Gene Hackman ... MacArthur Stern

Dom DeLuise ... Harry Gutterman

Ronny Cox ... Smiley

Nancy Travis ... Riva

Robert Prosky ... Von Metz

Paul Koslo ... Grimmer

Dick O'Neill ... Captain

Jan Tríska ... Steckler

Leon Rippy ... Weskit
Robert Irvin Elliott ... Monseigneur (as Robert Elliott)

Herb Armstrong ... Cheshire Cat

Robert Dickman ... White Rabbit

David Alan Grier ... Drummond

S. Epatha Merkerson ... Rachel

Reg E. Cathey ... Willie

Alex Hyde-White ... Moderator

Tobin Bell ... Gerber

Thomas Kopache ... TV Station Man

Susan Peretz ... Lady Tenant
Al Mancini ... Man Tenant
Kevin McClarnon ... Oaf
Debbee Hinchcliffe ... Oaf's Sweetie

Jay Ingram ... Patrolman
Arthur French ... Bus Driver
Clem Moorman ... Train Driver

Brad Greenquist ... Embassy Officer
Ira Lewis ... Hitler
Margaret Klenck ... Eva Braun
John Bolger ... Young Von Metz

Bill Fagerbakke ... Giant
Robert Pentz ... Guy at Bar
Erik Cord ... Grimmer's Man
George P. Wilbur ... Grimmer's Man
Gene LeBell ... Grimmer's Man

Danny Aiello III ... Grimmer's Man
Bill Anagnos ... Israeli Agent (as Billy Anagnos)
Gary Tacon ... Israeli Agent
Dean Mumford ... Guy in Baths

John Finn ... Cop (as John J. Finn)
Adrienne Hampton ... Security Guard
Dutch Miller ... Jacuzzi Guy
Greg Goossen ... Marsh Policeman (as Gregory Goossen)
Chris S. MacGregor ... Military Policeman
Ralph Redpath ... Train Engineer
Nancy Parsons ... Nurse
David Correia ... Orderly
Jennifer Roach ... Little Girl
Philip Shafran ... Little Boy
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kurt Ludwigsen ... Tourist (uncredited)
Stan Taffel ... Passenger in Cab (uncredited)
Paul Zimmerman ... Party person (uncredited)

Directed by
Bob Clark 
Writing credits
Richard Christian Matheson (written by) &
Richard Matheson (written by) and
Bob Clark (written by) (as Robert Clark)

Produced by
René Dupont .... executive producer
Alan Greisman .... producer
Aaron Spelling .... producer
Original Music by
Paul Zaza 
Cinematography by
Reginald H. Morris (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Stan Cole 
Casting by
Mike Fenton 
Valorie Massalas 
Judy Taylor 
Production Design by
Harry Pottle 
Art Direction by
William J. Durrell Jr. 
Set Decoration by
Denise Exshaw 
Costume Design by
Clifford Capone 
Makeup Department
Frank Bianco .... hair stylist
Francisco X. Pérez .... prosthetic makeup artist (as Frank Carrisosa)
Michael R. Thomas .... makeup artist
Production Management
Marilyn Stonehouse .... unit production manager
Ted Zachary .... executive in charge of production (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Barbara D'Alessandro .... second assistant director
Ken Goch .... first assistant director
Timothy J. Lonsdale .... second assistant director: second unit (as Timothy Lonsdale)
Glenn Randall Jr. .... second unit director
Jay Tobias .... first assistant director: second unit
Art Department
Kip Bartlett .... set dresser
Jim Brinson .... construction coordinator
Steve Davis .... assistant set decorator
Tim Eckel .... set designer (as Timothy J. Eckel)
John R. Helton .... painter
Frank Hendrick .... set dresser
Colin D. Irwin .... assistant art director (as Colin Irwin)
Edward 'Tantar' LeViseur .... property master (as Tantar LeViseur)
David J. Negron .... production illustrator (as David Negron)
James F. Oñate .... scenic foreman
Philip Saccio .... property master
Mark S. Turner .... lead scenic
Richard Waldrop .... assistant property master
Ralph Woollaston .... construction foreman
Sound Department
Bud Alper .... sound mixer
David Appleby .... sound re-recording mixer
Ron Archibald .... assistant dialogue editor
Brydon Baker III .... boom operator (as Brydon Baker)
Jim Bridges .... sound
Terry Burke .... foley artist
Richard Cadger .... dialogue editor (as Rick Cadger)
Gudrun Christian .... assistant dialogue editor
Alison Clark .... dialogue editor
Tony Currie .... dialogue editor
Paul Durand .... assistant dialogue editor
David Evans .... sound effects editor
John Gare .... sound re-recording mixer
Tom Gerard .... sound re-recording mixer
Alison Grace .... adr editor
Wayne Griffin .... sound effects editor
Ann Heeley-Ray .... assistant sound editor
Kenneth Heeley-Ray .... supervising sound editor (as Ken Heeley-Ray)
Sean Kelly .... assistant sound editor
Judy 'Lucky' Kemeny .... assistant dialogue editor (as Judy Kemeny)
John Laing .... assistant sound editor
Mark L. Mangino .... sound effects editor
Peter Thillaye .... sound effects editor
Special Effects by
Michael Arbogast .... special effects
Roy Arbogast .... special effects supervisor
David Blitstein .... special effects
Robert L. Guthrie .... special effects
Bill Lee .... special effects
Eric Meyerhofer .... special effects
Dick Wood .... special effects
Billy Bates .... stunt coordinator
Richard E. Butler .... stunts (as Richard Butler)
Jon H. Epstein .... stunts
Orwin C. Harvey .... stunts (as Orwin Harvey)
Mike Johnson .... stunts
Glenn Randall Jr. .... stunt coordinator
Peter Stader .... stunts
Steve Wolf .... utility stunts
Anthony Cecere .... stunts (uncredited)
Phil Chong .... stunts (uncredited)
Larry Holt .... stunts (uncredited)
John-Clay Scott .... stunts (uncredited)
George P. Wilbur .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Ralph Brandofino .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (1990)
Ted Churchill .... Steadicam operator
Scott R. Davis .... best boy
Danny Eccleston .... gaffer
Rusty Edmonson .... lighting technician
Tony Hardmon .... grip
Robert Hoelen .... grip
Jeff 'Moose' Howery .... dolly grip
Bobby Huber .... key grip
John Kiser .... camera operator: second unit
Gary Muller .... first assistant camera (as Gary A. Muller)
Alan Pickelsimer .... electrician
Tom Priestley Jr. .... camera operator (as Tom Priestley)
Andrew Priestley .... second assistant camera
Richard Reis .... camera operator: second unit
John Seakwood .... still photographer
John Skotchdopole .... second assistant camera
Steve Spallone .... electrical best boy
John M. Stephens .... director of photography: second unit
Keith 'Zoot' Byrne .... rigging gaffer: electrician (uncredited)
Ross Reynolds .... aerial camera pilot (uncredited)
Casting Department
Donna DeSeta .... casting: New York
Sylvia Fay .... extras casting: New York
Craig Fincannon .... extras casting
Mark Fincannon .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Deborah Latham .... costume supervisor
Geoff Lawrence .... costumer
Editorial Department
Carole Henderson Harrington .... assistant editor (as Carole Harrington)
Mark Lemmon .... assistant editor
Peter Riley .... assistant editor
Scott Summersgill .... assistant editor
Location Management
David DeClerque .... location manager: New York
John B. Griffin .... location manager
Linda Schloss .... location manager: Washington, D.C.
Gary Weiner .... location manager: New York
Edward Bowen .... assistant location manager (uncredited)
Music Department
Ran Ballard .... composer: theme music
Nicholas Pike .... composer: theme music
Transportation Department
William Allison Jr. .... transportation coordinator
Edwin Bowden Jr. .... transportation captain
Edwin Bowden .... transportation captain
Roy A. Grace .... driver
Roy A. Grace .... unit driver
Rick Parkinson .... driver
Greg Stancil .... driver
Other crew
Jim Bridges .... projectionist
Scott Buckwald .... production assistant
Cheryl Burton .... assistant: Mr. Greisman
Chrissie Davis .... assistant: Mr. Dupont
Robert Dickman .... assistant: Mr. Clark (as Bob Dickman)
Phil Dupont .... production assistant
Chris Silver Finigan .... production accountant
Cliff Fleming .... helicopter pilot: second unit
Roe Fonvielle .... production secretary
Sandra M. Haskell .... script supervisor
Harry Hauss .... helicopter pilot: second unit (as Henry Maus)
Angela Heald .... production coordinator
George Hesse .... production assistant
Renate Kamer .... executive assistant: Mr. Spelling
Shauna L. Kroen .... assistant accountant
Ernie Malik .... unit publicist
Randall Pickett .... craft service
Antonia Proscia .... payroll accountant
Ross Reynolds .... aerial coordinator: second unit
David K. Riebel .... production assistant
Chris L. Spellman .... accounting assistant
Martine White .... production assistant
Derek N. Prusak .... stand-in: Dan Aykroyd (uncredited)

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94 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

The working title of the film was "The Von Metz Incident".See more »
Continuity: 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!See more »
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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
I absolutely liked it, 27 November 2009
Author: zoeisdead2002 from United States

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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