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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.


John Badham


Jim Kouf

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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


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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Release Date:

5 August 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dos policías al acecho See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

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



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The picture was filmed during the months surrounding April 1987. See more »


When the FBI agent is briefing the cops about the stakeout, he says, "We have secured an apartment across the street." When the cops first show up for the stakeout the place they go into is a house not an apartment. There are no apartments in the area when there is a chase scene later in the movie. See more »


Bill Reimers: [when Chris stares at Maria] Are you gonna shoot pictures or draw some from memory?
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References Friday the 13th (1980) See more »


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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Get out the popcorn and sodas - You are going to enjoy this movie
27 July 2005 | by gwitherspoonSee all my reviews

I absolutely love this movie and watch it at least once a month. It is the perfect blend of comedy and drama and all of the lead characters were well suited for their roles.

The only bit that made me uncomfortable was the fact that Chris not only illegally entered Maria's apartment but stuck around to watch her naked in the shower. That wasn't even remotely funny, it was frightening. This young woman thinks she is alone in her home and never knows that there is a policeman/pervert watching her shower. I couldn't help but imagine what could have happened if she glanced at the doorway and saw a strange man watching her. It makes us uncomfortable because nobody likes to be spied on and we have the illusion of safety and privacy in our homes. I think Chris had an unfair advantage over Maria and that is one of the reasons she was so hurt and angry when she found out who he really was. This guy had listened in on private phone conversations, watched her get undressed, saw her naked in the shower, had been in her bedroom - actually under her bed -- watching her in what she thought were private moments. I don't know if I could have forgiven a man for something like that, even it was his job. That wouldn't make it any less despicable to me. Chris and Bill were barking like hounds when Maria was taking off her top and were disappointed that she didn't turn around so they could see her breasts. Wonder how Bill's wife would have felt about that behavior? Barring their degenerate and disrespectful behavior, the movie was indeed hilarious and it held my attention from beginning to end.

Also, Maria exercised poor judgment --- she just took Chris' word that he was the telephone repairman. She didn't ask for identification and just threw open the door and let him in her apartment. Can we say Boston Strangler? Chris simply climbed through an open window in order to search Maria's bedroom. She wasn't very security conscious at all. A real rapist or killer would have no problem gaining entry. She was a single woman and should have had better sense.

It bothered me that Maria's scenes had to be backed by some kind of pseudo-Latin music. That seemed a bit offensive to me. None of Chris and Bill's scenes called for some kind of ethnic background music. When Maria was in her kitchen cooking, she was bopping around while she stirred her food and boogeying her way over to answer the telephone. It seemed to suggest "that of course, those free-spirited, hot blooded Latinas always danced while preparing a meal and had to have some kind of music playing in the background to do the simplest of chores." Just like many commercials that feature "African Americans" have to have someone rapping, or break dancing or singing a gospel song. Can we ever get past these stereotypes?

Aidan Quinn playing a bad guy --- he was convincingly evil and perfect for the part. A lot of directors wouldn't have been savvy enough to cast him.

All in all, a thoroughly enjoyable movie that still feels fresh after 20 years.

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