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Amos & Andrew (1993)

 -  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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Andrew Sterling
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Phil Gillman
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Judy Gillman
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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, 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 <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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police | writer | frying pan | rommel | sheriff | See more »

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Misunderstood. Misplaced. Mismatched.

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Rated PG-13 for drug content and some language | See all certifications »
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$9,745,803 (USA)
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Andrew's play "Yo! Brother, Where Art Thou" is a twist on director John Lloyd Sullivan's (Joel McCrea) fictional movie, "O Brother, Where Art Thou" in Sullivan's Travels (1941)(Preston Sturges), from which the title for the modern (2000) Coen movie of the same name is adapted. See more »

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

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[Amos find a chastity belt in one the neighbors' drawers]
Andrew Sterling: White people...
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After the credits, there is a scene of Bloodhound Bob and all the dogs chasing each other. See more »

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Spoofs The Amos 'n Andy Show (1951) See more »

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Beyond The Sea
Performed by Bobby Darin
Written by Charles Trenet and Jack Lawrence
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Not as bad as it was made out to be.
20 June 2002 | by (az) – See all my reviews

Clumsily written, the quasi-buddy comedy of mistaken identity stars Samuel L. Jackson as a racist writer on a posh Massachusetts island who is mistaken for being a burglar. After dodging a shower of police gunfire at his house everyone finds out that he is the person living there. Rather than face internal affairs, the cops let a car thief (Nicholas Cage) out of jail to go in the home with a shotgun and act as the `burglar'. (So the `break-in' looks fatal, for obvious reasons.)

Michael Lerner was hilarious as the hypocritical former lawyer of the Chicago 7. Giancarlo Esposito was realistic as the Louis Farrakhan-like fundamentalist. If the police weren't so unfunny (and other parts were written more cannily) it all would have been much better.


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