Stakeout (1987)


“Excuse me, Captain. I’m sorry. I don’t like to sound negative, but this is bullshit. I’m a cop. You understand me? I’m not a security guard. I see some *bad people*… I’m gonna be a little too busy to, uh, make a phone call.” – Chris Lecce

Number of Times Seen – 1 (20 Jul 2020)

Brief Synopsis – Two detectives are sent to stakeout the house of the former girlfriend of an escaped criminal but things get complicated when one of them begins to fall in love with her.

My Take on it – This is a film that I never managed to see in its entirety beforehand and decided that it was about time to do so.

The film’s premise is quite good and is enhanced by the great chemistry between the two leads played by Richard Dreyfuss and Emilio Estevez.

They find a way to keep things feeling quite realistic the whole way through and are able to show what kind of grudge work cops need to do while on a stakeout like this one.

The films adds a great rivalry between these two characters and another team of detectives played by Dan Luria and Forest Whitaker who are constantly playing tricks on one another as the story moves along.

Madeline Stowe is also great as the woman they are tasked with watching.

The way that her characters ends up interacting with the two detectives also is presented in a genuine way that comes across as believable.

Aidan Quinn is quite ruthless and violent as the escaped convict and things might have been enhanced more if hs character was developed more thoroughly and if he had more to do here.

Bottom Line – Really fun action comedy that works due to the chemistry between Dreyfuss and Estevez. The story itself moves in a realistic fashion and shows the kind of grudge work needed when cops are sent on a stakeout. The rivalry between these detectives and another team of partners played by Luria and Whitaker adds to the fun of it all. Stowe is great as the women who they are watching and the way her character interacts also comes across as seeming quite genuine.  Quinn is ruthless as the escaped convict but isn’t utilized enough here in order to have a greater impact on things. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Richard Dreyfuss and Emilio Estevez were having a movie trivia contest on the set one day. Estevez asked Dreyfuss to identify the movie that the line “This is no boating accident” was from. Dreyfuss didn’t recognize the quote, despite the fact that he was the actor who said it in Jaws (1975). Deciding that this was too good to pass up, this incident was re-enacted for the film. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

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3 thoughts on “Stakeout (1987)

  1. This movie’s a favorite. Had a MAJOR crush on Madeleine Stowe. Theynever should’ve made the sequel – it was terrible. none of the chemistry of the first one.

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  2. Pingback: Temporal Top Ten – 1987 | MovieRob

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