A Pulitzer prize writer buys a cabin. The neighbors get suspicious when a stranger "breaks in". They see a black man and call the police, who start shooting at him. The sheriff tries a cover-up involving a white petty crook. Bad idea.

Director:

E. Max Frye

Writer:

E. Max Frye
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Samuel L. Jackson ... Andrew Sterling
Michael Lerner ... Phil Gillman
Margaret Colin ... Judy Gillman
Nicolas Cage ... Amos Odell
Dabney Coleman ... Chief of Police Cecil Tolliver
Brad Dourif ... Officer Donnie Donaldson
Chelcie Ross ... Earl
I.M. Hobson I.M. Hobson ... Waldo Lake
Jeff Blumenkrantz ... Ernie
Todd Weeks ... Stan
Jordan Lund ... Riley
Jodi Long ... Wendy Wong
Michael Burgess ... Black Reporter
Leonor Anthony Leonor Anthony ... Hispanic Reporter
Walter Raymond Walter Raymond ... Anchorman
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Storyline

When Andrew Sterling, a successful black urbanite writer buys a vacation house on a resort in New England the police mistake him for a burglar. After surrounding his house with armed men, Chief Tolliver realizes his mistake, and to avoid the bad publicity offers Amos Odell, a thief in his jail, a deal. Amos is to pretend to take Andrew prisoner and hold him for ransom, but let him go and escape. Amos and Andrew suddenly realize that the Chief's problems are all gone if the two of them both die in a gun battle. The worst partnership in film history then tries to get away from the local police. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Misunderstood. Misplaced. Mismatched.

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for drug content and some language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Jordan Lund and Giancarlo Esposito both appeared in Harley Davidson and the Marlboro man (1991). See more »

Goofs

Lenses in the Chief of Police's glasses during his interview after escaping from the house. See more »

Quotes

Judy Gillman: It was an honest mistake.
Andrew Sterling: It was supposed to be different. It was supposed to be the kind of place where you don't lock your doors at night, where you don't count your change at the grocery store, where a man in his own home doesn't have to worry about being shot at and nearly killed by the local police simple because he's black!
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Crazy Credits

After the credits, there is a scene of Bloodhound Bob and all the dogs chasing each other. See more »

Connections

Spoofs The Amos 'n Andy Show (1951) See more »

Soundtracks

Beyond the Sea
(La Mer)
Music by Charles Trenet
French lyrics by Charles Trenet
English lyrics by Jack Lawrence
Performed by Bobby Darin
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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From improbable Fiction to today's Front Page Headlines
21 July 2009 | by Peter22060See all my reviews

The arrest of Henry Louis Gates Jr., Harvard University's top expert on African-American history and culture, sounded a familiar note, the plot of AMOS AND ANDREW.

Samuel L. Jackson playing an internationally known author is presumed to be a burglar in his own home by passers-by. A siege of his home by local police caricatures the Cambridge police department.

The film's supporting cast of Michael Lerner and Margaret Colin as well as Dabney Coleman make this a light comic view of what could have become a raw, racial confrontation.

Leonard Maltin after commenting that this was like a 1960's Disney film, continues, "maybe they should have called this THAT DARN AFRO-American.

If Nicholas Cage played his role with more fervor the IMDb rating would be higher. But in view of current events, screenings should skyrocket.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

5 March 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amos & Andrew See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,617,317, 7 March 1993

Gross USA:

$9,745,803

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,745,803
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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