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Cohen and Tate (1988)

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When a little boy witnesses a mob hit, he is kidnapped by two professional assassins who are not what they seem.

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Eric Red

Writer:

Eric Red
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Roy Scheider ... Cohen
Adam Baldwin ... Tate
Harley Cross ... Travis Knight
Cooper Huckabee ... Jeff Knight
Suzanne Savoy ... Martha Knight
Marco Perella ... FBI George
Tom Campitelli ... FBI Fred
Andy Gill ... FBI Roy (as Andrew R. Gill)
Frank Bates Frank Bates ... Highway Patrolman
James Jeter ... Trooper #1
Jeff Bennett Jeff Bennett ... Trooper #2
Ron Jackson ... Trooper #3
Ted Baader Ted Baader ... Trooper #4
Kenneth McCabe Kenneth McCabe ... Gas Station Attendant
Ina B. Bott Ina B. Bott ... Fat Woman
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Storyline

A boy kidnapped by two mismatched hitmen puts them at each other's throats while being driven to their employers, possibly to be killed. Cohen, an older professional becomes increasingly irritated with his partner Tate, a brutish killer, when their prisoner uses unnatural guile and resourcefulness to play them off against each other. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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They were hired killers going up against the deadliest force of all. Each other.

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Crime | Thriller

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 January 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cohen & Tate See more »

Filming Locations:

Houston, Texas, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$45,586, 29 January 1989

Gross USA:

$64,227

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$64,227
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The events in the film take place during a time frame of less than 24 hours. See more »

Goofs

A Bell 206 JetRanger is used as a police helicopter during the finale - the Houston Police Department operated the Hughes 300 (light duty observation) and 500. Schweizer Aircraft (later Sikorsky) continues to build the Hughes 300 and the 500 was rebranded as the MD500 (McDonnell Douglas Helicopter Systems, now MD Helicopters since 1999 after Boeing divested the McDonnell Douglas civilian line of helicopters after the Boeing/McDonnell Douglas merger in 1997). See more »

Quotes

Tate: Hey what's the last thing that goes through a bug's mind when it hits a windshield? IT'S ASS
[He and Cohen laugh]
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Alternate Versions

Some versions of the film feature an opening crawl after the opening credits that offers some exposition before the first scene begins. It reads: "On November 1st, 1988, Travis Knight witnessed the murder of a Texas mobster. The FBI has his family in protective custody. The mob wants to talk to Travis and find out for themselves who did the shooting. They want to talk to him right now. Travis Knight is 9 years old." This crawl is missing from some television airings, as well as the recent on-demand DVD released by MGM. In its place are several (somewhat awkward) seconds of black screen where it would usually be before the first scene begins. See more »

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User Reviews

 
Character driven thriller propelled by great acting. (minor spoilers)
26 February 2005 | by vertigo_14See all my reviews

Harley Cross does fine work here as Travis Knight. Travis and his family were living out in the middle of nowhere in the witness protection program until their temporary hideout is infiltrated by gangsters. Travis is not only the sole survivor of the massacre, but also the only one who can identify the perpetrators. Two hit men known only as Cohen (Roy Scheider) and Tate (Adam Baldwin) are hired to kidnap the boy and drive him to their boss.

But, they're not dealing with just some kid. Travis actually turns out to be rather clever in what may seem like a helpless situation, figuring out Cohen and Tate's psychological weaknesses (Cohen is a by-the-book-no-questions-asked hit men while Tate takes pride in tormenting the smart-mouthed kid) and using it against them to protect himself.

It is a very simple film done quite well because it entirely character-driven. Surprisingly, it is quite a good thriller, despite the usual story of the hired hand and the mafia witnesses with great performances all around.


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