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?


One of the locations used was the town of Southport NC. See more »


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


Amos Odell: You give me a million dollars, I give you a hostage. You give me a helicopter, I give you a hostage. You let me fly out of here...
Chief of Police Cecil Tolliver: All right. All right. I saw the damn movie.
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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 »


References Dog Day Afternoon (1975) See more »


Concerto #2 for Horn and Orchestra
Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performed by The Dresden Philarmonic
Courtesy of Lazerlight/Sounds of Film
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From improbable Fiction to today's Front Page Headlines
21 July 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The arrest of Henry Louis Gates Jr., Harvard University's top expert on African-American history and culture, sounded a familiar note, the plot of AMOS AND ANDREW.

Samuel L. Jackson playing an internationally known author is presumed to be a burglar in his own home by passers-by. A siege of his home by local police caricatures the Cambridge police department.

The film's supporting cast of Michael Lerner and Margaret Colin as well as Dabney Coleman make this a light comic view of what could have become a raw, racial confrontation.

Leonard Maltin after commenting that this was like a 1960's Disney film, continues, "maybe they should have called this THAT DARN AFRO-American.

If Nicholas Cage played his role with more fervor the IMDb rating would be higher. But in view of current events, screenings should skyrocket.

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