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The Squeeze (1987)

PG-13 | | Action, Comedy, Crime | 10 July 1987 (USA)
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A mysterious black box spells danger to a con man and female detective.

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Roger Young

Writer:

Daniel Taplitz
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ric Abernathy Ric Abernathy ... Bouncer
Michael Keaton ... Harry Berg
Danny Aiello III ... Ralph Vigo
Rae Dawn Chong ... Rachel Dobs
Bobby Bass ... Poker Player
Leslie Bevis ... Gem Vigo
Lou Criscuolo Lou Criscuolo ... Kurt
Ray Gabriel Ray Gabriel ... Security Guard
George Gerdes ... Joe
Ronald Guttman ... Rigaud
Paul Herman ... Freddy
Richard E. Huhn Richard E. Huhn ... Police Clerk
John Dennis Johnston ... Nick
Jeffrey Josephson Jeffrey Josephson ... Al
Liane Langland Liane Langland ... Hilda
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His ex-wife asks the unsuccessful gambler and inventor Harrison for a small favor: to get her a parcel from a friend's apartment - without telling him what's in it. Suddenly he finds himself assaulted by villains and shortly after even under suspect of murder. The inexperienced P.I. Rachel is hired by an unknown party to rid him of the parcel - but soon befriends him. Together they try to figure out what kind of game is being played. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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The comedy thriller on a lucky streak. See more »


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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 July 1987 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Hoboken, New Jersey, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$19,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$2,228,951
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TriStar Pictures See more »
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Mono | Stereo (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The VHS release of this film features the leading characters being "squeezed" between the two Twin Towers of the former World Trade Center. After the tragedy of 9/11, it was discussed at length that any future releases of the film, especially with DVD sales on the rise, should have both the towers omitted, however a DVD release of The Squeeze has, since 2017, not yet happened. See more »

Goofs

When Rachel goes to her office to talk to her boss a Boom mic can be seen going up and down twice, up to her head. See more »

Quotes

Harry Berg: I'm only human!
Rachel Dobs: You're a slime!
Harry Berg: I'm a human slime?
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Alternate Versions

UK video versions are cut by 6 seconds. The theatrical release was uncut. See more »

Connections

Features He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

BLIND BEFORE I STOP
Performed by Meat Loaf
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
by arrangement with Warner Special Products and BMG Arista Records, LTD.
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Unusual, Out-There...A Fine Mess
17 February 2004 | by Nick_DetsSee all my reviews

"The Squeeze" is one of those movies that sadly doesn't work. Keaton's colorful performance can't save a convoluted script that tries to juggle wild comedy with thriller elements. There is a line in the climax that oddly summarized the film in a nutshell.

"Its seems like your imagination has finally outpaced reality," one character says.

It was so uncanny how well this phrase described the film that I began to think the writer, Daniel Tiplitz, was making a reference to himself! "The Squeeze" is a film with a realistic grounding, but is stuffed with outlandish, completely far-fetched ideas. Watching the film felt like viewing a dream of seeing the movie itself (if this makes any sense at all). I realized this when I tried describing scenes of the film and found it was much like describing a dream.

It starts out pleasant enough with a shady poker game where Michael Keaton hilariously tries to bluff the other guys at the table, but doesn't manage to be the least bit convincing. It was an acceptable beginning, but things were thrown completely off course when he gets home to his apartment that has a large rhino made out of TV screens sitting in it!

Anyway, Keaton gets mixed up with a young PI (Rae Dawn Chong) who uncovers lottery corruption. They try to piece a muddled mystery together, but the film is so out-there that the deeply buried story becomes lost. This isn't exactly a problem, however. I had an enormously fun time viewing the film, no matter how much it descends into bomb territory.

Unfortunately, nothing can stop the fact that this is pretty bad movie. It has a confused story, needless characters and some overly-violent scenes.

There is some fun to bad had here, and Michael Keaton is a riot as usual, but it simply doesn't work.

(2 out of 4)


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