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Stakeout (1987)

Richard Dreyfuss , Emilio Estevez , John Badham , John Seale  |  R |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Richard Dreyfuss, Emilio Estevez, Aidan Quinn, Madeleine Stowe, Dan Lauria
  • Directors: John Badham, John Seale
  • Writers: Jim Kouf
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 13, 2002
  • Run Time: 117 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000065V3E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,266 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Stakeout" on IMDb

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Acclaimed director John Badham delivers a winning combination of action, suspense, comedy, and romance! Convinced that a dangerous escaped convict (Aidan Quinn) is headed for his ex-girlfriend's (Madeleine Stowe), a pair of Seattle detectives (Richard Dreyfuss, Emilio Estevez) stake out her apartment. The watch remains routine until one of the detectives begins a high-risk romance with the woman under surveillance -- jeopardizing not only the partners' careers ... but also their lives!

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and watchable June 5, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
Forget about the lack of ethics of Dreyfuss' character, the immaturity of all of the cops involved, and the predictability of the story ... the film is just a real pleasure to watch.
Richard Dreyfuss is really funny. The scene where he starts doin' his stupid little dance to The Rhythm is gonna Getcha just had me crackin' up.
Aidan Quinn is surprisingly effective as an escaped convict and do I need any words to describe how good Madeline Stowe looks... I didn't think so.
You'll laugh a whole lot.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie but the DVD offers nothing! August 14, 2002
By A Customer
I awaited this DVD release along with the sequel and Down and Out in Beverly Hills. All three (3) of these movies offer nothing, not even the trailers were on these DVD's. Very dissapointing. Instead they put 2 trailers of other releases they have coming out.
Anyhow, even though the DVD's have no special features what so ever, they do however have pretty good picture and sound. Stakeout has always been one of my favorite movies for it's campy-ness and I'm glad Touchstone finally dedicated to release it.
5 Stars for the Movie
4 Stars for the Picture & Sound
1 Star for the Special Features
If you haven't seen this movie, pick it up.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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Format:VHS Tape
There have been lots of movies that Ive seen that have made me laugh from time to time while watching, but 1987's "Stakeout" with Richard Dreyfuss was one of the best comedies of the 80s. Dreyfuss and Emilio Estevez play two joking and bumbling police detectives, who are assigned to a seemingly boring stakeout of the house of an escaped criminal's girlfriend. After Dreyfuss though, broken up after his wife leaves, falls in love with the focus of their investigation...he digs a hole for himself so deep he finds it hard to be a lover AND a cop at the same time. Its a perfect scenerio, when Dreyfuss does his best to keep his relationship across the street from the eyes of his collegues, and himself out of trouble. The only one who knows of this escapade is Estevez, who watches the hilarious antics of his partner through a camera across the street. Until I saw this movie I never took notice of Richard Dreyfuss, and I saw the Emilio Estevez of the 80s in many troublemaking roles of hard-core youth kinda movies like "That Was Then, This Is Now". Needless to say this hysterical movie is was a different and perfectly played out comedy...that worked so well they HAD to make a sequal: "Another Stakeout". The 1998 movie "This Is My Father"'s Aidan Quinn was the perfect bad guy in "Stakeout", this time without the heavy brogue. What can I say, it's a great movie, give it a try if you like the actors.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still Good After 25 Years March 4, 2012
Combination of suspense and fun, not exactly subtle, but fun nonetheless. Dreyfus is just fine as the Cop who can't say No, the action is both humorous and tough, the Girl is as Girls are supposed to be, the support able in their roles. Just one defect I noticed this time round watching the film. Neither Dreyfus nor Estevez have the heft to be entirely credible in the hand-to-hand fight scenes. Modest size guys like Cagney, Robinson, Raft, Bogart, Ladd and other toughs of their era must have had directors or cameramen with the knack of making them seem much bigger than they were. A film worth seeing even if you saw it the first or second time around,
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stakeout is about two hilarious cops on a stakeout. January 12, 1999
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Format:VHS Tape
Stakeout was an excellent movie about two police officers who are assigned on a stakeout. Neither wished to sit around and do nothing so they decided to break a few rules. Of course this resulted in many problems and their solution had me and my friends in stitches. I would recommend this movie to anyone who enjoys a hilarious cop movie. Recommended age: 13-125.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Two moustaches May 28, 2011
I first saw Stakeout when I taped it of ITV on Saturday March 27th 1993. I did a lot that day. I went to an open day at the Lloyds Bank HQ, I went shopping for clothes, shoes, and video games (I ended up buying Streets of Rage) and Golden Axe). Stakeout was one of many movies I first saw on my little portable in the bedroom. I had always been a fan of Richard Dreyfuss after seeing Jaws at an early age, and it was nice to see him play a tough cop for a change.

Chris Leece and Bill Reimers (Dreyfuss and Estevez) are a pair of Seattle detectives assigned to some dull case. A crook has escaped from jail and may or may not visit his old girlfriend (Madeline Stowe). Chris and Bill are stuck in the apartment opposite her and spend all day peeking between the blinds in case something/anything happens. But Chris can't help snooping around, spies on her in the shower, gets invited to dinner/bed, and falls in love with her. But when the boyfriend does come back he's not too happy at another man wearing his pajamas.

Stakeout alternates between dark and violent, to light comedy/romance, then back to dark and violent. Though it's not an inconsistency that really affects the film in any way. John Badham's rugged, grainy photography keeps the overall tone firmly in the action movie genre, while the humorous touches help to build character. It's a juggling act, but everybody manages to do it well.

Hardly worthy of any special recognition in the cop genre, but still highly watchable.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great show from the good creators of comedy.
Published 6 days ago by jon smith
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my all time favorite movies, as is Stakeout II with the...
One of my all time favorite movies, as is Stakeout II with the loudmouth actress that I am not fond of these days.
Published 15 days ago by "Cal"
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Funny!
Very funny! Check out Another Stakeout, too!
Published 28 days ago by Greg Crandell
3.0 out of 5 stars Great date movie.
A nice feel good movie, with a great cast. Madeline Stowe looks cute, Dreyfuss is convincing, and Estavez is the right foil. So what if the police work is shoddy?
Published 28 days ago by R. N. Radhakrishnan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A classic.
Published 1 month ago by KKP
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 months ago by Paul
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
absolutely entertaining!
Published 2 months ago by Dai-Hua Shen
5.0 out of 5 stars STAKEOUT
LOL a great comedy I remember watching it in the late 80's at the Cinema. Buy it you will love it is so funny
Published 2 months ago by Leila Pinky
4.0 out of 5 stars HAS SOME CLASSIC MOMENTS
Overall this is a good movie. It also has some really classic moments--the chase in the fish factory, the wood chipper outside the window, and a number of others. Read more
Published 5 months ago by rocketfuel
2.0 out of 5 stars File this one under 80's BIGOTEXPLOITATION FLICK
Funny to watch just to laugh @ Richard Dreyfuss and Emilio Estevez sporting bushy eighties a$$ Ron Burgundy mustaches ("Bigote" in spanish means 'mustache'). Read more
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