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Another Stakeout (1993)

PG-13 | | Action, Comedy, Crime | 23 July 1993 (USA)
Prankster cops Chris and Bill are joined by a Gina from the DA's office to stakeout a lakeside home.

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Gina Garrett
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Pam O'Hara
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Lu Delano
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Thomas Hassrick
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Barbara Burnside
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Storyline

Chris and Bill are called upon for their excellent surveillance record to stakeout a lakeside home where a Mafia trial witness is believed to be heading or already hiding. Unlike their earlier _Stakeout_, this time they are accompanied by Gina Garret from the DA's office and her pet rottweiler 'Archie'; their cover, husband and wife with son Bill. Written by Rob Hartill

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Rated PG-13 for two sequences of violence in a comic/action genre | See all certifications »

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$20,208,496 (USA)
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Trivia

Richard Dreyfuss, as Chris, while standing in front of a line of drying panties, repeats the line "And I don't like the panties hanging on the rod" that he said in his Oscar-winning role of Elliott in The Goodbye Girl (1977). See more »

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At casino, during opening scene, you can clearly hear the worker vacuuming, but the vacuum bag is deflated. See more »

Quotes

Gina Garrett: Cover me! I'm taking a bath.
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Connections

Referenced in Spin City: Yet Another Stakeout (2001) See more »

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Come On Get Happy
Written by Wes Farrell (as Wes Ferrell) and Danny Janssen
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Another Stakeout, Another Hidden Cinematic Gem
11 April 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Before we get started, a little caveat for the reader: this may not be the easiest film to find. Your standard video rental outlets will be hit or miss, as well as libraries. Your best bet will be an online rental service or a strong and fervent prayer. But if you ask me, it is worth it. You may also be scratching your head at the biographical information above. Why should you care about a 1993 sequel to a forgettable buddy cop flick?

Simple. It is a great film. Not only has it obviously influenced many contemporary films, but it also trumps these films on a variety of levels. Allow me to elaborate…

Prior to Another Stakeout, John Badham made a handful a good films (Wargames, Short Circuit). Shortly thereafter he helmed an unfortunate number of Hollywood films (American Flyers, Point of No Return) that may be considered guilty pleasures at best. He was also called upon by fellow director Peter Jackson to head up the second unit on all three Lord of the Rings films but declined. So what is the point of this little history lesson? Hollywood kills good directors (John Woo and Sam Raimi, prime examples).

But, I digress. Despite the a lackluster couple of decades, John Badham does have a grand if only marginally well known legacy in Another Stakeout. Science fiction and horror fans will recognize and appreciate the premise; Detective Chris Lecce (Richard Dreyfuss) wakes up one day, goes through the motions like any and every other day, and slowly realizes that he is, inexplicably, on another stakeout. The scenario plays out basically as is expected but it is the manner of the presentation and plotting that make it remarkable.

The film ultimately has only three characters, whose dynamic, touches on Alfred Hitchcock and Shakespeare without any pretense. Chris' subtle and deliberate decline into the reality of his new position in the world leads to him swinging from disbelief to depression to mania to megalomania to acceptance and back to disbelief. The storytelling and character interaction allow for empathy without distraction and the science fiction elements are beautifully woven into the fabric of the drama so that the one doesn't overshadow the other.

There are several mysteries involved in the story that are revealed with wonderful precision by the director through a series of well placed flashbacks and the subtlety of mood and movement, but you'll have to find the film and watch it to understand the full glory.

This is not a flashy film. It is however a master stroke. It is unfortunate that this film has all but vanished into obscurity, along with its director but they both still exist and there's always a second wind. Always.


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