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Stakeout (1987)


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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


Mystery & Suspense, Comedy

Aug 13, 2002

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August 20, 2005
Classic Film and Television

Beats the Lethal Weapon movies at their own game.

August 11, 2005
Juicy Cerebellum

Dreyfuss and Estevez have true comedic chemistry.

January 9, 2005
Nolan's Pop Culture Review

Enough sophomoric jokes about sex to keep it pleasingly diverting.

December 11, 2004 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

One of the better buddy films from the 1980's.

January 29, 2003
KFOR Channel 4 News

An adequately wacky cops-and-robbers caper. Sharp dialogue and good chemistry between the actors make up for its routine plot twists.

January 15, 2003
Flipside Movie Emporium

One of the best action comedy films to date. Estevez and Dreyfuss are the ultimate duo.

September 18, 2002

An OK cop-buddy film; nothing special here. Not one of Badham's best.

August 22, 2002
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

Audience Reviews for Stakeout

Stakeout is a passable movie, not very good, but exciting and funny.
March 17, 2012
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

One or two fun moments, but overall not the best (or worst) entry into the buddy cop genre. The fight in the saw mill at the end is well done.
September 29, 2011

Super Reviewer

I've seen a lot of these detective romance movies recently, but this one was the most fun. Not just because I love Emilio either. It's exciting and fast paced, and the romance is realistic, but funny. I really enjoyed this movie, and I'd recommend seeing it.
May 31, 2011

Super Reviewer

Not having seen this film for quite a while I did not remember how much it is based in the 80s. That starts with the soundtrack and ends with the look of the characters. How many films can you think of with the two main characters wearing mustaches? Exactly. However, the main idea of cops having to stake out an escaped prisoner's ex and how they develop this (one of them falling for her) is still a pleasure to watch and sometimes hilariously funny. The great showdown is back to real thriller action, so the movie works on both levels really well. If you don't mind a trip back to the 80s, that is...
February 17, 2010

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