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Someone to Watch Over Me (1987)

A married New York cop falls for the socialite murder witness he's been assigned to protect.

Director:

Ridley Scott

Writer:

Howard Franklin
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Berenger ... Det. Mike Keegan
Mimi Rogers ... Claire Gregory
Lorraine Bracco ... Ellie Keegan
Jerry Orbach ... Lt. Garber
John Rubinstein ... Neil Steinhart
Andreas Katsulas ... Joey Venza
Tony DiBenedetto Tony DiBenedetto ... T.J. (as Tony Di Benedetto)
James E. Moriarty James E. Moriarty ... Koontz (as James Moriarty)
Mark Moses ... Win Hockings
Daniel Hugh Kelly ... Scotty
Harley Cross ... Tommy Keegan
Joanne Baron ... Helen Greening
Anthony Bishop Anthony Bishop ... Waiter
David Berman David Berman ... Cop #1
Sharon K. Brecke Sharon K. Brecke ... Bimbo (as Sharon Brecke)
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Storyline

In Queens, Mike Keegan is celebrating with his wife Ellie, his son Tommy and friends his recent promotion to detective in a precinct in Manhattan. Meanwhile, in a fancy club, the socialite Claire Gregory witnesses the murder of the owner of the place by the powerful mobster Joey Venza. Mike is assigned to protect her in the night shift in her apartment in Manhattan. When Venza threatens Claire, the contact of Mike with Claire gets closer and conflicts him, dividing between the love for his family and the heat passion for Claire and the fascination for her world. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Where protection ends, obsession begins. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 October 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Detektiv i dama See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,908,796, 12 October 1987, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$10,278,549
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

One of two late 1980s Hollywood thrillers with a title based on a famous song. The other was Harold Becker's 1989 film Sea of Love (1989). Both movies were set in New York City and both pictures prominently feature their famous tunes in the movie. See more »

Goofs

The newspaper which Mike is carrying on his way to his first shift guarding Claire has the word "SUPERMEN!" on the back page. He is carrying an identical newspaper three or four days later. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Det. Mike Keegan: Hey! We got food back there, you know; all right? Hey, thanks for comin' - good to see ya. Come on in, get a drink. T.J...
T.J.: Yeah?
Det. Mike Keegan: Set 'em up with a drink.
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Connections

Referenced in Pretty Little Liars: Someone to Watch Over Me (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Walk Right In
Written by Gus Cannon and Hosea Woods (as H. Woods)
Performed by Tex Seneka
Courtesy of Ardee Music, Ltd.
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So powerful yet so underrated
21 October 2008 | by ronahSee all my reviews

How has Tom Berenger slipped out of the view of Hollywood? This man is a real talent, who conveys the confusion and pathos of an untenable situation with passion, conviction and realism.

Scott makes the tension palpable, and the supporting cast is so well rounded that IMHO it makes one of the best ever cinematic experiences. Mimi Rogers puts in a credible performance as a tortured socialite and the thrill of the chase makes for some startling and real scenes which keep you on the edge of your seat. If you want great entertainment without the hugest cerebral challenge (!) this is a fab way to spend an evening.


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