Stakeout (1987)

Genres - Thriller  |   Sub-Genres - Comedy Thriller, Police Comedy  |   Release Date - Aug 5, 1987 (USA)  |   Run Time - 117 min.  |   Countries - USA  |   MPAA Rating - R
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Though John Badham's Stakeout doesn't flinch in the violence department, the film concentrates primarily on characterization. Richard Dreyfuss and Emilio Estevez play a pair of Seattle detectives, assigned to capture escaped hood Aidan Quinn. The twosome spends much of the film on stakeout in a lonely, deserted house; the object of their scrutiny is Madeline Stowe, Quinn's former girlfriend. Pretending to be a telephone repairman, Dreyfuss plants a bug in Stowe's apartment--thereby inaugurating a romance that compromises the detective's objectivity. In the climax, Quinn gets the upper hand--at least until the fists start flying. Perfect as it stood, Stakeout didn't need to be elaborated upon with a sequel, but Another Stakeout was produced all the same.

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criminal, escaped-convict, fugitive, detective, stakeout, surveillance, woman, girlfriend, hostage, romance, undercover, telephone-repairman, alcoholism