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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$9,745,803 (USA)

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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 »


Amos Odell: Look. I'm not holding you hostage anymore, okay? But you got to know, we're in this together now, right? You and me. Amos and Andrew. Let's go.
Andrew Sterling: Don't say that.
Amos Odell: What?
Andrew Sterling: Our names... together.
Amos Odell: W-Why?
Andrew Sterling: Well, I'll spare you the history lesson. Besides, you wouldn't understand.
Amos Odell: What do you mean, I wouldn't understand? You don't understand, man. We're gangsters. We're outlaws.
Andrew Sterling: Gangsters? Outlaws? You're a nickel-and-dime criminal, a petty crook. And you to figure out very quickly where it is you think ...
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Very Funny, Preconceived Ideas set off a string of errors
18 April 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When famous Pulitzer Prize winner Andrew Sterling (Samuel L. Jackson) moves into a new home on a New England resort island, he is mistaken by his new neighbors Phil (Michael Lerner) and Judy Gillman (Margaret Colin) as a thief because they see him through his window with his stereo equipment in his hands! They call the police. The Chief of Police Cecil Talliver (Dabney Coleman) and his band of bungling deputies show-up and then the fun begins. When Talliver realizes that he and his deputies have shot at a famous man, he must engineer a cover-up by using a con-artist currently incarcerated in his jail, Amos Odell (Nicolas Cage). Dabney Colman is at his best playing this sort of incompetent pompous ass character! Samuel Jackson and Nicolas Cage are believable in their roles. The whole movie is a comedy of errors with several scenes that are laugh-out-loud funny. Entertaining!

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