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Stakeout

4.4 out of 5 stars 134 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

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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  • 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: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (134 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000065V3E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,764 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Stakeout" on IMDb

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By John K. Reed on 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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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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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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This 1987 comedy with three great acting stars; Richard Dreyfuss, Emilio Estevez, and the beautiful Madeleine Stowe probably will disappear in the digital age unless you go looking for it. Being an obscure movie already most do not even know it was made. All the more reason to purchase it for less than a movie ticket these days and make it part of your movie collection. That's what I did. I usually watch it a couple of times per year just for fun. I have shown it to my grown kids and they also like it - so it has a generational appeal which makes this a true classic in my opinion. Totally worth the money. Have fun!
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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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First saw this movie in theaters when it was released. Just love It as much as when I first saw it, and would watch just to see the love scene between Dreyfuss and Stowe at the end.

Dreyfuss and Emilio Estevez, are very good together as police detective partners, and all the supporting cast is just great, including Aidan Quinn as the villain

Richard Dreyfuss and Madeleine Stowe are a rather unlikely paring. He is quite a bit older than she is, but the audience sees how good the writing and directing and acting are, when the heat that Dreyfuss and Stowe create, shows the genius casting, instead of making Dreyfuss the married guy, and sticking Estevez and Stowe together, since he was quite the hearthrob as part of the "Brat Pack" back then

Dreyfuss has been cast very successfully as a leading man, several times, even though he is only about 5' 6" and not extremely handsome.
However, he has loads of charisma, and the roles he's chosen give him a chance to showcase it.

I am a straight woman, but Stowe is SO beautiful, you almost can't take your eyes off her. And the sensual way SHE was going after Dreyfuss was completely believable, and on FIRE!

AND, what I really liked, was they didn't do any tricks to make Dreyfuss look taller.

At the end of the movie, he is standing next to the FBI agent he had confronted earlier in the film, and he only comes up to the guy's shoulder, but his big personality more than makes up for it.

The way the last scene between Dreyfuss and Stowe is shot and written gives me goose bumps every time I see it, and it was made almost 30 years ago.

The scene starts out shot from behind Dreyfuss, looking at Stowe as he walks toward her.
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