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Loose Cannons (1990)

Gene Hackman , Dan Aykroyd , Bob Clark  |  R |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Gene Hackman, Dan Aykroyd, Dom DeLuise, Ronny Cox, Nancy Travis
  • Directors: Bob Clark
  • Writers: Bob Clark, Richard Christian Matheson, Richard Matheson
  • Producers: Aaron Spelling, Alan Greisman, René Dupont
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Japanese
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 8, 2003
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009MEKO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #101,000 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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In LOOSE CANNONS, Gene Hackman plays Mac, a Washington, DC, police detective teamed with a new partner, Ellis (Dan Aykroyd), to break open a case that involves the FBI, Nazis, Israelis, and pornographers. The plot involves the fight for the possession of a pornographic film starring Hitler and a prominent German politician.

Loose Cannons centers around a detective named Fielding (Dan Aykroyd) with amazing analytic powers--and a multiple personality disorder. Partnered with a hard-nosed vice cop named Stern (Gene Hackman), they're on the trail of a pornographic Nazi film that proves the impending German chancellor is a former Nazi. Fielding and Stern have to cope not only with German bad guys, the FBI, and the Israeli secret service, but also Fielding's schizophrenic breaks, which crop up at moments of high stress, transforming him into Captain Kirk or other pop culture icons. It seems like the script of Loose Cannons was originally intended for someone with stronger mimetic skills than Aykroyd--not that it would have made much difference. Not a single moment of the movie makes any sense; the awkward blend of comedy and crime thriller never meshes. Also featuring Dom DeLuise, Ronny Cox, and Nancy Travis. --Bret Fetzer

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very underrated film for Dan Aykroyd January 11, 2007
This is a truly funny movie. I mean, Gene Hackman and Dan Aykroyd were absolutely great in this film. They make a great team in this movie. Basically one plays a cop, who doesn't have a home. The other plays a cops who's brilliant at his job, but suffers from split personality disorder. They are both teamed together to solve a murder which revolves around a mysterous film connected to Hilter's death. The critic's blew it again, with this film. Dan Aykroyd was actually quite good in this film. He played his character very well. So, did Gene Hackman. This is a very enjoyable film.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Amusing, but not great April 27, 2001
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I have a feeling I'm in the minority, but I actually like this movie and have been looking for it for a long time. It's certainly not incredible film-making, but it's fun and silly in a laid-back kind of way. If you like your humour on the goofy side, this one might appeal to you. Picture Sherlock Holmes belonging in an insane asylum with Dr. Watson along just as much to keep an eye on him as to be his sidekick. DeLuise, Ackroyd and Hackman are always enjoyable even when the plot doesn't quite live up to standards.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "I was there..." September 8, 2009
As a salesman of Aluminum Building products, I used to sporadically call on the Carolco/Dino DeLaurentiss movie studio in Wilmington, NC. Back in summer of '88, I stopped by; spoke to one of the lead carpenters & was allowed to go to the soundstage of "Loose Cannons" & watch some shooting. I was there when the scene @ the health spa was shot with Gene Hackman shooting at a neo-Nazi by the pool. Dan Ackroyd was not there that day.(Dom Deluise was;asleep in a chair in his spa office.). However, when viewing the movie, it seems that Hackman did his pistol & Uzi shooting & them slid the Uzi over to Ackroyd for him to shoot. Movie magic 'cause it all was seamless when viewing the movie. Anyway, I got to meet Paul Koslo, the bad guy in the film, (always stars as a bad guy-was in Charles Bronsons' "Mr Majestick" among many others). He was a real nice gentleman;plus he explained the plot to me. At that time the working title was "The Von Metz Incident". Later on, as I was leaving, I got to meet Gene Hackman , which was quite a thrill. A large fellow, not quite my size, 6'3",250 lb. but very accomadating of someone like me that randomly stumbled into him. Of course, I asked for an auotgraph; he asked who to make it out to. I said my son, Tyler, who was a big SuperMan fan and familiar w/Lex Luthor. When I asked how he liked Wilmington he said very nice , "but hot!". I still have the autograph.
The movie , to me, was pretty decent. I've seen others that have had more critcial & commercial success but seemed to be less entertaining. I have the VHS video and watch it every year or so. I think some reveiwers were put off by Ackroyds' performance when he was in his 'looney' mode, but I thought that he handled it quite well. I doubt that Jim Carrey could've done any better!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Certainly worth viewing as its funny and entertaining August 18, 2005
No, this movie was never going to win any Oscars, even if I was the only one voting, but it was a fun movie.

Hackman plays a cop who's been forced to move, so he has all his possessions in his station wagon. He's called to a crime scene at a boat dock where he finds Akroid explaining exactly what happened given his analysis of the evidence. Hackman, to say the least, doesn't have much use for whiz-bang theories on crimes, but he reluctantly teams with Akroid to find one of the victims (Dom DeLuise) that got away -- the one the bad guys are after. Turns out the bad guys in question are Germans seeking to protect their candidate for Chancellor (or something) who has a Nazi past and DeLuise knows where the film proving that past is. Anyway, Akroid has one signficant problem: while he's a brilliant analyst, he's got multiple personalities that come out at, well, the most unsuspecting times.

So, after finding DeLuise, Hackman and Akroid go to one bizarre scene after another and find themselves the targets of the bad guys. One scene has Akroid driving Hackman's car and destroying all the possessions on it and in it. Another has Akroid's personality becoming a cartoon character to get out of a jam.

The plot isn't very plausable, but it isn't outlandish and for this sort of movie, all that is OK. Both Hackman and Akroid are brilliant in their roles and both are very funny at times. I don't recall any or much in the way of language, but there is some mild violence. It isn't too bad and this can be a fun movie for the family to watch.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hackman and Akroyd are both just great here... January 3, 2007
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I don't know if this film actually deserves five stars, but as for me, I think it does purely for comedic value. Akroyd shows that he was definitely the "pre-Jim Carrey." Hackman has always had a knack for comedy, and certainly does not disappoint. Together, they are totally crazy and, with the addition of Dom DeLouise (hope I spelled that right) makes this an excellent combination of suspense and comedy. Well worth the price!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loose Cannons July 5, 2006
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Whenever I need to relax and watch something very funny this is the first DVD movie I pop in. Dan is great in just about every movie he appears.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Silly but delightful action/comedy August 29, 2010
I enjoyed Loose Cannons. Yes, the plot is somewhat cliched--Nazis are the bad guys who must be stopped and the good local cops battle the bureaucrats at the FBI. But Dan Ackroyd, Gene Hackman, and Dom de Luise make it worth watching. Ackroyd is terrific as the brilliant but mentally disturbed detective, Hackman as the straight shooter, and De Luise as the sleazy but good hearted target ofthe bad guys. Nancy Travis is also pretty good as an attractive Mossad agent. It's fun and enjoyable, and what else do you really want from a movie?
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2.0 out of 5 stars not recommended
Okay, so maybe there are 4 or 5 clever jokes here that I laughed at. But for the most part this is a loud, cliched, predictable idiotic film that is a total waste of a lot of... Read more
Published 8 days ago by Reza Ganjavi
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great and funny movie. I love the actors.
Published 24 days ago by Duchess
5.0 out of 5 stars Who would have figured Gene Hackman matching Dan Aykroyd as a comic?
Gene Hackman, Dan Aykroyd, Dom DeLuise are a comedy mix that works with side-splitting humor.
Published 1 month ago by Russ Crawford
5.0 out of 5 stars ... problems with your and no problems my end all good. Enjoyed the...
No problems with your and no problems my end all good. Enjoyed the movie and would buy from you again. Thank you..
Published 2 months ago by Judith Hancock
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent and funny to watch
It is fun to watch and to enjoy. Not much in the way of cussing like most of todays movies. Today's movies dialog is all cussing and talking like idiots.
Published 2 months ago by quietthunder
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great transaction!!! A+A+A+A+A+
Published 2 months ago by Inkfreak Jim
5.0 out of 5 stars Gene, Dom and Dan... Well worth the ticket-er-dvd price!
I've loved this movie from a long time ago. It's a delightful pairing of two funny-but-dry-witted fellows. Read more
Published 2 months ago by K Storm
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Simply love this movie.
Published 2 months ago by Patrick J. Ashley
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great movie
Published 3 months ago by Ross Rock
5.0 out of 5 stars Loose Cannon Actors as Loose Cannon Cops
Dan Aykroyd at his best, with Gene Hackman to boot. You will see much of the usual zaniness of Aykroyd with not-too-straightman Hackman in this international cops-n-robbers flick
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