Armed and Dangerous (1986)
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The movie also has, though almost impossible to find a copy of, an excellent soundtrack, including "Armed and Dangerous" by Atlantic Starr, and, of course, half a dozen or so other popular 80s hits. With that, the movie is also on DVD, and while it doesn't have much in the way of extras, it does include anamorphic widescreen with Dolby Stereo 2.0 Surround Sound.
Possibly the only complaint one could make we might all agree on was that it was just too short. At just under an hour and a half, as endearing as each minute is, the film does leave much to be desired.
All in all, Armed and Dangerous is a mid-80s classic well-worth watching. It's the perfect blend of action and comedy, and SCTV fans will find that it's no flop for either Candy or Levy; even as the script is considered by some to be lacking, both hide it well.
Every comedy has its stupid moments, this included, but the good outweighs the stupid. What also makes this above-average is that it is not just a comedy. There is action and suspense in here and the combination works. Believe me, this film is not all laughs.
I watch this and makes me sad that Candy is no longer with us. He was a great entertainer.
John Candy is almost serious in this role as he ferrets out the bad guys, defends the honor of Meg Ryan's character (Maggie Cavanaugh) and helps to reverse her father's wayward ethics.
Oddly enough, Eugene Levy is the funny guy to Candy's "straight man" act. It is an odd formula, but it was quite effective. This is one of Candy's better movies, and the most serious role in which I've seen him, thus far. (LOVED Candy's small role as Augie Morosco in "Once Upon A Crime," 1992)
(On the firing range, after a demonstration) "As you can see, it's really quite simple. Just remember, when you pull the trigger, the bullets come out going very, very fast. So make sure to keep the weapon pointed away from you. Now that's about it, you are now ARMED guards, God help us all." Maggie Cavanaugh.
I am a true John Candy fan, and own most of his movies. But while many of his fans have all but dogged this production, I found it quite entertaining and a breath of fresh air.
Also starring Tom 'Tiny' Lister Jr. as "Bruno" (President Lindberg in "Fifth Element" and many, many more), Robert Loggia as "Michael Carlino," a Jimmy Hoffaesque character, and Kenneth McMillan as "Captain Clarence O'Connell," Maggie Cavanaugh's father.
Meg Ryan's performance was sweet and honest. She has done better, but this was in 1986 and her experience was not yet as worldly as it is now. Even without taking that into consideration, hers was one of the brightest of the supporting roles.
In the end, Candy's character's reputation is redeemed and his life as a law enforcement officer is restored and plays out to a very satisfying 1980's ending.
While there are better comedies out there, and also while most of Candy's other movies are better, this is one of my favorites of his line.
It gets a 6.8/10 from...
the Fiend :.
Anyway, it's one of many movies that shows what we lost when John Candy died. In other words, it's armed and dangerously funny. Also starring Robert Loggia (happy birthday, Robert!), Kenneth McMillan and Meg Ryan.
A 50 caliber...
This movie is a classic 80's comedy if you ask me, with a nice bit of action in it too and a good story. This movie has loads of memorable scenes such as this with easily likable characters, well defined good and bad guys and an easy to follow plot. It's not easy to create good character gags over a short space of time, but this film manages to do it and avoids a lot of the traps that other 80's comedies did by relying on visual and verbal gags alone.
Overall rating: 7 out of 10.
John Candy and Eugene Levy both give excellent comedic performances and Meg Ryan's well-casted as their boss' daughter.
Having been a huge fan of SCTV, I was looking forward to seeing this film. In fact, my wife and I had just gotten married and could barely afford the price of admission but we found a way because we thought with Eugene Levy and John Candy is HAD to be great! Wow, were we disappointed. While we had a few laughs here and there, the film never really gained any momentum and could have been so much better. In particular, Eugene Levy was mostly wasted in his flat and uninteresting performance. Someone apparently forgot to tell him it was a comedy! As for the plot, it's about two security guards who make good. That's really all I care to say. I mean, considering the lack of effort of practically everyone involved, why should I bother saying anything else? If it's on TV, it's worth a look if you have nothing better to do.