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Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot (1992)

PG-13 | | Action, Comedy | 21 February 1992 (USA)
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A tough police sergeant's overbearing mother comes to visit him and begins to meddle in his life and career.


Roger Spottiswoode
3 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Sylvester Stallone ... Joe Bomowski
Estelle Getty ... Tutti
JoBeth Williams ... Gwen Harper
Roger Rees ... Parnell
Martin Ferrero ... Paulie
Gailard Sartain ... Munroe
John Wesley ... Tony
Al Fann ... Lou
Ella Joyce ... McCabe
J. Kenneth Campbell ... Ross
Nicholas Sadler ... Suicide
Dennis Burkley ... Mitchell
Ving Rhames ... Mr. Stereo
Jana Arnold Jana Arnold ... Mitchell's Girl
Christopher Collins Christopher Collins ... Gang Member


A tough police sergeant's mother comes to visit him, and promptly starts trying to fix up his life, much to his embarrassment. For his birthday she buys him a machine gun out of the back of a van, and begins to further interfere with his job and love life, eventually helping him with a case he's on. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Detective Joe Bomowski's mom is in town for a visit. She did the laundry, washed the windows and scrubbed the floors. Now, she's gonna clean up the streets.


Action | Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for a scene of nudity | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?


When Estelle Getty found out that the movie would involve guns, she said she would only do the movie if there were no guns. The producers lied, saying there would be no guns in the movie, to get her to sign on. See more »


In the "locking his mom in the car" scene, Joe twists the car's lock-posts clockwise to supposedly unscrew them; this direction would tighten them down more, not loosen them. See more »


Tutti: For now you can keep your pants on, Mister Parnell. But just remember one thing: I'll be back!
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Crazy Credits

Film title logo when end credits are done See more »

Alternate Versions

The original UK cinema version was cut by 6 secs by the BBFC to remove shots of a man's hand being crushed in a door and to edit the sounds of a man's scream and crash as he is thrown from a window. All video releases were uncut. See more »


Spoofs Dirty Harry (1971) See more »


Words by Sid Robin
Music by Charles Shavers
Performed by The Ames Brothers
Courtesy of MCA Records
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18 July 2016 | by utgard14See all my reviews

Diverting but meatless comedy about a cop (Sylvester Stallone) whose mother (Estelle Getty) comes to visit him and interferes in his life, both personally and professionally. It's not very funny and you'll likely yawn more than once, but it's all harmless enough. I like Sly so I'll watch pretty much anything of his at least once. Estelle Getty was, of course, awesome on Golden Girls. Her character here has a lot less bite than on that show, though. She doesn't really bring much to the table besides the visual joke of the diminutive old lady doing things like holding a gun on a bad guy and making threats. But they go to the well a few times too often on that gag. It's really nothing special but worth a look if you're a Sly fan. He also says the title of the movie at one point, which made me laugh for some reason. It's worth noting the movie has tons of product placement, mostly for the kind of stuff they advertise during daytime game shows and soap operas.

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Release Date:

21 February 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot See more »


Box Office


$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,058,590, 23 February 1992

Gross USA:


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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby SR



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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