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Amos & Andrew (1993)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Crime | 5 March 1993 (USA)
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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.

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E. Max Frye

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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 a thief in his jail, Amos Odell 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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Taglines:

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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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

5 March 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amos & Andrew See more »

Filming Locations:

Nantucket, Massachusetts, USA 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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Samuel L. Jackson and Kim Staunton appeared in Changing Lanes (2002). See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

[Amos find a chastity belt in one the neighbors' drawers]
Andrew Sterling: White people...
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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

Suburbian Nightmare
Written and Performed by Sir Mix A Lot
Courtesy of Def American Recordings/Rhyme Cartel Records
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Wittily funny
14 April 2000 | by Pierrot-10See all my reviews

Although the main focus here is undoubtedly on comedy, what makes it all the more successful is the underlying (highly unflattering) portrait of suburban America, often flirting with caricature yet not altogether devoid of subtlety; it avoids in particular the Black/White manicheanism often present even in more "serious" cinematic depictions of racism. Jackson and Cage are as usual wonderful actors, and the supporting cast does a pretty good job too at impersonating a variety of morons and other petty opportunists.


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