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Amos & Andrew (1993)

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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, ... See full summary »

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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 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 - Zwei fast perfekte Chaoten See more »

Filming Locations:

Nantucket, Massachusetts, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$9,745,803
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The fictitious play that won Andrew the Pulitzer Prize is "Yo Brother, Where Art Thou?" With the subtraction of one letter, this is the title of one of the Coen Brothers' acclaimed films. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Andrew Sterling: You ever been to New York City?
Amos Odell: Uh-uh.
Andrew Sterling: I grew up in New York. We lived in a nice part of Harlem. When I was 12, I came home one day with some friends. We were talking loudly and using the slang we'd learned in the streets. My Father overheard us. He told my friends to leave. Then he marched me into the bathroom and washed my mouth out with soap. It was because he didn't want me sounding black. He was an educated man, my father. He had a college degree, just like his father. He was an accountant...
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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

References Sullivan's Travels (1941) See more »

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We Are Marchin'
Written by Loretta Devine and Ron Taylor
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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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