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Loose Cannons (1990)

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An unconventional cop who doesn't take any bull, is paired up with an amazing detective to capture some powerful criminals but the cop soon realizes that his by the book partner has split personality disorder.

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Bob Clark
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dan Aykroyd ... Ellis Fielding
Gene Hackman ... MacArthur Stern
Dom DeLuise ... Harry Gutterman
Ronny Cox ... Smiley
Nancy Travis ... Riva
Robert Prosky ... Von Metz
Paul Koslo ... Grimmer
Dick O'Neill ... Captain
Jan Tríska ... Steckler
Leon Rippy ... Weskit
Robert Irvin Elliott Robert Irvin Elliott ... Monseigneur (as Robert Elliott)
Herb Armstrong ... Cheshire Cat
Robert Dickman ... White Rabbit
David Alan Grier ... Drummond
S. Epatha Merkerson ... Rachel
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Storyline

Mac, the two fisted savy cop finds that he's being saddled with a new partner, a known burn out, to work with him on a new and difficult case. The new partner is, Ellis, an amazing detective, one who puts Sherlock Holmes to shame with his lightning fast deductions. Ellis has a couple of problems. He keeps assuming the personalities of entire casts of Television shows. This can be a problem when people begin shooting at them. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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A comedy with personality... Lots of them! See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 February 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Von Metz Incident See more »

Filming Locations:

Wilmington, North Carolina, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,239,830, 11 February 1990, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$5,585,154
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TriStar Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Andy Dick appears on the cover art and poster but is not in the movie. At the time Dick was getting a lot of work in print ads. See more »

Goofs

When Grimmer shoots at Ellis behind the stained glass at Grand Central Station, his gun locks as if he has fired his last round of a magazine. When the camera comes back to him, the gun is back to ready position without his cycling a magazine. See more »

Quotes

Rachel: Having a bad day?
Mac: No, I'm having a terrible day. Say something nice to me, will ya, please.
Rachel: You have very strong lookin' thighs for a white man.
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Spoofs The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

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Loose Cannons
Performed by Dan Aykroyd and Katey Sagal
Written and Produced by Peter Aykroyd and Ran Ballard
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Considering the Talent Involved, A Real Disappointment
3 February 2018 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Loose Cannons (1990)

** (out of 4)

Stop me if you've heard this before. MacArthur (Gene Hackman) is a tough cop who does things his own way. After being out of the big game for a while he's allowed a crack at a string a murders but he's forced to have a new partner who turns out to be Ellis (Dan Aykroyd). Ellis, as it turns out, is a great mind but sadly he also suffers from various forms of mental illness. This here doesn't sit too well with MacArthur but over time he begins to like his new partner.

LOOSE CANNONS made many critics pick as one of the worst movies of the year when it came out but I'm not going to go that far. I've always been curious about the filmmoraphy of director Bob Clark because during the 1970's he delivered some exceptional work like DEATHDREAM, BLACK CHRISTMAS and MURDER BY DECREE. He followed that up in the 80's with films like PORKY'S and A CHRISTMAS STORY. But for every good film there is stuff like RHINESTONE, BABY GENIUSES and this film.

The problem with the film is the screenplay by Clark and Richard Matheson. There's really not an original moment here unless you could what the murders are happening for. Get ready for this. The cops are trying to track down a porno movie with Hitler. Yeah, you heard that right. This here could have probably been quite funny had the film really went for a hard R-rating but instead it just comes across as rather weak all around. As does the rest of the film because we've simply seen this type of cop-buddy picture too many times and often times much better.

As far as the cast goes, Hackman gives a good performance as he plays it straight, which you would expect. Aykroyd does what he can with his "character" but he's just way too annoying for his gown good. He goes into various characters in the film from Woody Woodpecker to the Sundance Kid and countless others but it's just not that funny. Dom DeLuise doesn't his routine here which doesn't add many laughs either.

LOOSE CANNONS isn't quite as awful as some of the reviews made it out to be but at the same time there's certainly nothing good here and it ranks as a disappointment considering the talent involved.


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