Amos & Andrew (1993)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Crime  |  5 March 1993 (USA)
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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 »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Andrew Sterling
Phil Gillman
Judy Gillman
Amos Odell
Officer Donnie Donaldson
I.M. Hobson ...
Waldo Lake
Jeff Blumenkrantz ...
Wendy Wong
Michael Burgess ...
Black Reporter
Leonor Anthony ...
Hispanic Reporter
Walter Raymond ...


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, Chief Tolliver realizes his mistake and to avoid the bad publicity offers a thief in his jail, Amos Odell a deal. Amos is to pretend to take Andrew prisoner and hold him for ransom but let him go and escape. Amos and Andrew suddenly realize that the Chief's problems are all gone if the two of them both die in a gun battle. The worst partnership in film history then tries to get away from the local police. Written by John Vogel <>

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Misunderstood. Misplaced. Mismatched.


Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for drug content and some language | See all certifications »





Release Date:

5 March 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Amos & Andrew - Zwei fast perfekte Chaoten  »

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Box Office


$9,745,803 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The fictitious play that won Andrew the Pulitzer Prize is "Yo Brother, Where Art Thou?" With the subtraction of one letter, this is the title of one of Joel Coen and Ethan Coen's acclaimed films. See more »


Lenses in the Chief of Police's glasses during his interview after escaping from the house. See more »


Andrew Sterling: What comes around, goes around.
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Crazy Credits

After the credits, there is a scene of Bloodhound Bob and all the dogs chasing each other. See more »


Referenced in O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000) See more »


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"In an election year?"
12 June 2001 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Hated by some critics, ignored by the movie-viewing public, "Amos and Andrew" is a very underrated movie with a message.

First of all, this film has great performances from the whole cast. Nicholas Cage, Samuel L. Jackson, Dabney Coleman, all of them were hilarious in this movie. Even the supporting cast (especially Bob Balaban) were hilarious. If you want to see Samuel L. Jackson actually act instead of just being some cop or criminal advocating senseless violence, see this movie. Second of all, the script was great; I loved all the twists and turns that the plot took. It's part of what made this movie so funny. I also enjoyed the political satire in Dabney Coleman's character. Finally, the movie contains an important message. It speaks out against racism. Even without the segregation which Martin Luther King, Jr. fought against, society is not colorblind, and that point is exhibited well in this movie.

Don't believe the IMDB vote rating or the high-and-mighty movie critics. Believe me. This is an excellent piece of filmmaking.

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