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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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It's a tough job but somebody's got to do it! See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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

Gross USA:

$65,673,233

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$65,673,233
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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

The screenplay for the movie won the Edgar Award for Best Motion Picture awarded to Jim Kouf at the Edgar Allan Poe Awards in 1988. See more »

Goofs

During the scene where the police chase the bad guys where they're shooting at each other; one of the police officer fires and hits the bad guy's car rear tail light. But in the next scene as the car zooms by both tail lights are perfectly intact. And then in the later scenes the tail light's smashed again. See more »

Quotes

Captain Giles: Something bothering you, Mr Coldshank?
Phil Coldshank: No, no.
Captain Giles: Don't bullshit me. What's on your so called mind?
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Connections

Followed by Another Stakeout (1993) 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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Profane, But Good Comedy-Action Mix
14 August 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

This was a success at the box office because it had a great mixture of action and humor. Usually if you can do well in those categories on the same film, you have a hit. Richard Dreyfuss and Emilo Estevez play off each other well as "stakeout" partners and Madeline Stowe looks good as something good to stake out! It's basically a lot of fun to watch.

The only complaint is the language, a big reason this was rated "R." The two male leads use an excessive amount of the Lord's name in vain, which took a lot of enjoyment out of this film for me. Without it, I could easily rate this a "9/"

It was nicely filmed and, I presume, looks good on DVD. I haven't seen it on that format.


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