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Stakeout (1987)

Two detectives observe an escaped convict's ex-girlfriend, but complications set in when one of them falls for her.

Director:

John Badham

Writer:

Jim Kouf

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Dreyfuss ... Chris Lecce
Emilio Estevez ... Bill Reimers
Madeleine Stowe ... Maria McGuire
Aidan Quinn ... Richard 'Stick' Montgomery
Dan Lauria ... Phil Coldshank
Forest Whitaker ... Jack Pismo
Ian Tracey ... Caylor Reese
Earl Billings ... Captain Giles
Jackson Davies Jackson Davies ... FBI Agent Lusk
J.J. Makaro J.J. Makaro ... B.C.
Scott Andersen Scott Andersen ... Reynaldo McGuire
Tony Pantages Tony Pantages ... Tony Harmon
Beatrice Boepple Beatrice Boepple ... Carol Reimers
Kyle Wodia Kyle Wodia ... Jeffrey Reimers (as Kyle Woida)
Jan Speck Jan Speck ... Kelly McDonald
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Storyline

The film opens with a daring escape of a convict imprisoned for killing an FBI agent, then moves on to two Seattle detectives chasing a suspect who gets away, destroying a forklift in the process, these two detectives are reassigned to a stakeout, watching the girlfriend of the escaped federal prisoner. One falls in love with her, the escaped convict eventually catches up to her, with them actually, and in the midst of their getaway, the escaped convict learns that his woman's man is a cop, but the two detectives kill him, saving the day. Written by davcalla777

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Who Says A Little Danger Can't Be A Lot Of Fun? See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 August 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dos policías al acecho See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,170,403, 9 August 1987, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$65,673,233
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Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby Stereo (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

After Gangster Wars (1981), this was only the second feature film of actress Madeleine Stowe, and since that movie, the first in six years. See more »

Goofs

During the first arrest at the fish processing plant, mountain peaks are visible close to the downtown Seattle area. There are no mountain peaks adjacent to downtown Seattle. Mount Rainier is sometimes visible in the distance, but it is about a two to three hour drive from downtown Seattle. See more »

Quotes

Bill Reimers: [seeing Phil and Jack leave, laughing about something] Yeah, I smell a rat, they are up to something. I don't know what it is, but they are up to something. I'm going to find out what it is
[he raises binoculars to his eyes, lowers them, then turns to Chris]
Bill Reimers: Do you know what it is?
Chris Lecce: [casually, with a straight face] Yeah, I think I have a pretty good idea
Chris Lecce: What, what, tell me?
Bill Reimers: [...]
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Connections

Referenced in Homicide: Life on the Street: Stakeout (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Rhythm Is Gonna Get You
Written by Gloria Estefan (as Gloria M. Estefan) & Enrique Elías García (as Enrique Garcia)
Performed by Gloria Estefan and The Miami Sound Machine
Courtesy of CBS Records Inc.
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A forgotten 80s gem
15 May 2013 | by rolanddddSee all my reviews

For a film which reached number 1 at the US box office and earned enough movie for the studio to green-light a sequel, Stakeout has strangely enough become a forgotten 80s gem.

The story is simple, officers Lecce (Richard Dreyfuss) and and Reimers (Emilio Estevez) are assigned to a stakeout of the house of waitress Maguire (Madeleine Stowe), hoping that her fugitive ex-boyfriend (Aidan Quinn) will return to her house. Things soon take a bizarre twist, as Lecce, posing as a telephone repairman, and Maguire start to fall in love.

Although the film offers no originality and is riddled with clichés, it is very entertaining. Although it runs for nearly two hours, it thankfully doesn't feel that long and the story keeps you interested all the way. Richard Dreyfus and Emilio Estevez are quality comedians, somewhat surprisingly in my opinion. Their jokes and banter make the comedy part of this film work well.

The thriller elements are good too, Aidan Quinn does a good job making his character look like a real bad-ass, and the film's action sequences are really solid pre-cgi-stuff. I was especially impressed by the car chase, which looks really good.

Overall, this is pure solid 80s entertainment and I think this film deserves to be remembered and watched. I think it is equally good as many other 80s action classics like "48 hours" for example. Recommended!


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