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Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot (1992)

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A tough police sergeant's overbearing mother comes to visit him and begins to meddle in his life and career.

Director:

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

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Cast

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
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Storyline

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.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 February 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Arrête, ou ma mère va tirer! See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,058,590, 23 February 1992, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$28,411,210

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$70,611,210
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Sylvester Stallone considers this the worst film he's ever done. See more »

Goofs

When Joe is in the office with Gwen talking about his mother, there is a woman seen outside wearing a blue shirt. She keeps changing her position during Joe and Gwen's conversation. She looks into the office through the window with blinds holding a folder, then she is on the telephone, then she is back to looking through the window until Gwen signals her to move away. See more »

Quotes

Tutti Bomowski: I wanted it to be a surprise!
Joe Brofmowski: It is!
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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 »

Connections

Spoofs Sudden Impact (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

Brahms' Lullaby
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Written by Johannes Brahms (uncredited)
Sung by Estelle Getty
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Stallone and Getty make a charming team.
15 April 2014 | by OllieSuave-007See all my reviews

Sylvester Stallone is an iconic action star and Estelle Getty was a hilarious, sarcastic and witty Golden Girl. Put the two together and you'll get yourself one charming action-comedy, where tough Los Angeles cop Sgt. Joe Bomowski (Stallone) gets a visit from his nurturing, feisty and fearless mother Tutti (Getty), who beings to meddle in Joe's life affairs, interfering with his police work and love life.

There are some very oddball and corny humor with some campy dialog in the movie, at mostly the expense of Stallone and Getty. The supporting actors were given the back burner and the villains were unforgettable. And yet, while the plot goes at a very steady-pace with limited action, I've found the comedic chemistry between Stallone and Getty, which make up most of the movie, to be pretty entertaining and fun to watch and is, at times, heartwarming. Getty's obsessive behavior to be very baby-nurturing to Stallone as he responds in his frustrated way is itself classic. And, it's not everyday you see a petite, motherly, 68 year-old lady brandish a gun and deal with gangsters!

While not an action flick that would blow you out of your seats, you will get several laughs out of this movie.

Grade B-


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