Amos and Andrew 1993 PG-13 CC

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A successful African-American (Oscar-nominated Samuel L. Jackson) buys a vacation home and moves into a conservative, all-white neighborhood. One night he is inadvertently suspected of robbing his own home when he attempts to disarm his car alarm.

Starring:
Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Lerner
Runtime:
1 hour 36 minutes

Amos and Andrew

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Genres Comedy
Director E. Max Frye
Starring Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Lerner
Supporting actors Margaret Colin, Nicolas Cage, Dabney Coleman, Brad Dourif, Chelcie Ross, I.M. Hobson, Jeff Blumenkrantz, Todd Weeks, Jordan Lund, Jodi Long, Michael Burgess, Leonor Anthony, Walter Raymond, Giancarlo Esposito, Loretta Devine, Bob Balaban, Ron Taylor, Aimee Graham
Studio Warner Bros.
MPAA rating PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Customer Reviews

Samuel L. Jackson played a part quite unlike his usual role.
dexie cat
This one could have been better but it seems that Samuel Jackson likes to make movies where he is always the black man that gets mistaken for an intruder.
Amanda Felix
He said it was, perhaps, one of the funniest movies he'd ever seen.
Nina H. Smith

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Donegal Dan on May 30, 2005
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I don't know how it is that some very good movies get sidetracked when they are first released. This is one of them and it is well worth watching and owning, in my opinion. Of course, as a previous reviewer noted, it is NOT a re-do of the famous radio show and if you expect it to be, you will be very confused by it. No, this comedy is very much its own black-and-white story and a hilarious commentary on the prejudices and preconceived notions that are to be found even among the most supposedly enlightened of us. The whole comedy stems from erroneous assumptions made about a black man seen in an empty house in a posh NY community at night (he is, of course, the new owner). Both Samuel L. Jackson and Nicholas Cage (cast as a down-at-heels drifter pressed into service by the local sheriff) play their parts to perfection and Dabney Coleman and the cast of supporting characters are also excellent in their various roles as bumbling law dogs, neighbors, reporters, etc. In sum, I found this underrated film to be not only extremely funny but a wise and wry social commentary as well.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Canary on February 16, 2000
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Ok, this film isn't one for the Academy Awards. But it is entertaining, and it has more truth to it than some of us might like to admit. Cage is funny as the hapless white convict, and Jackson is credible in his role as the successful black man who is viewed with suspicion in the mostly white world he's entered. The pace is not too slow, and in addition to making me smile, it also made me think a little. Maltin's use of the term "agonizing" should be reserved for movies like "Striptease" and "The Water Boy."
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By P. A. Tamblyn on April 17, 2004
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I first viewed this movie when it first came out and loved it.I had forgotten all about it untill 2 weeks ago, when while looking on amazon, saw its listing. I ordered it straight away, and would have to say that this is a very entertaining movie. It has a very original story line, and is realy funny. This movie is a must see, rent or buy, you cant go wrong.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "naptownmenace" on July 17, 2003
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Once you understand that, it makes for a very good comedy or sattire with a title that is reminiscent to the old classic television show.
Samuel L. Jackson plays the role of Andrew Sterling, a rich African-American producer,author, and entreprenuer. He buys a home and moves to a small suburban community that isn't use to seeing people of color. A couple is out walking their dog one night and is suprised to see a black man in the home of their neighbors (they don't know that the house has been sold to Sterling) so of course they call the police. They also think that Sterling must be holding their neighbors hostage. Dabney Coleman (9 to 5, War Games) is the opportunistic police chief who looks at this as a chance to plug his campaign for County Commissioner. After the chief figures out that they've been shooting at Andrew Sterling - in front of his own house - and not a burglar they hatch a crazy scheme to cover up their blunder.
Enters Amos Odell (Nicolas Cage), a petty theif. The chief sends him into the house with a shotgun to tie up Sterling and pretend to hold him hostage. Unfortuneatly the media catches wind of the hostage situation and rushes to the scene. Hilarity ensues. It get's wilder and funnier from there. Definetly worth a watch.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 14, 2004
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I first watched this movie in the mid-90's at the suggestion of a video store clerk. My one thought when I was done was "Why hadn't I heard of this before?" I recently rented it again to show my highly sceptical wife. She loved it and forced her parents to watch it. We're now 4 for 4 in our family!
This movie sets up a great situation and then does a good job playing out all the threads with its major themes, particularly the preconceptions of the supposedly 'liberal' neighbors. Cage and Jackson play their parts well (and play off of each other well).Dabney Coleman plays his basic mean-[jerk] role and does it well. The supporting cast is all good. If you don't laugh, you're taking yourself too seriously.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pat Nava on November 20, 2008
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Despite the high jinks, bumbling and fumbling of Dabney Coleman's Cops and that of small-time hood Nicolas Cage, the racial issue between Blacks and Whites was still able to get the message across; that despite our open-mindness, there's still a racial divide in many parts of your country. Of course, you'd have to have just landed on Earth not to realize that.

Still, an entertaining and very funny movie with Samuel L. Jackson as Andrew Sterling, suffering the injustice of a racist police chief and neighbors in his new hometown.

Nicolas Cage as the hard-luck patsy for the cops "spin control" caper. A down-to-Earth, down on his luck, functional illiterate, directionally handicapped, bumbling crook with a heart of tarnished silver.

Dabney Coleman as the aforementioned racist police chief Cecil Tolliver; also running for county office. Stuck in a compromising position, trying his best to unravel the mess he's gotten himself into; all the while "fronting" for the Press as a good guy.

Bob Balaban provides comical "comic relief" as the Hostage Negotiator Dr. R.A. Fink with a blast of his Bob Newhart-style telephone monologue.

A surprisingly good movie from back in 1993.
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