Loose Cannons (1990)



Critic Consensus: No consensus yet.

Movie Info

In this buddy film from Bob Clark, two Washington cops (Gene Hackman and Dan Aykroyd) team to pursue ex-Nazis and Israelis who are battling over a home movie starring Adolf Hitler.

Rating: R
Genre: Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Richard Christian Matheson, Richard Matheson, Bob Clark, Thomas Szollosi
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 8, 2003
TriStar Pictures


as MacArthur Stern

as Ellis Fielding

as Harry Gutterman

as Smiley

as Curt Von Metz

as Grimmer

as Capt. Doggett

as Steckler

as Weskit

as Monseigneur

as Cheshire Cat

as White Rabbit

as Stan's Wife

as Willie

as Moderator

as Gerber

as TV Station Man

as Lady Tenant

as Man Tenant

as Oaf's Sweetie

as Patrolman

as Bus Driver

as Train Driver

as Embassy Officer

as Hitler

as Eva Braun

as Young Von Metz

as Guy at Bar

as Guy in Baths

as Security Guard

as Jacuzzi Guy

as Marsh Policeman

as Military Policeman

as Train Engineer

as Little Girl

as Little Boy

as Marsh Policeman

as Grimmer's Man

as Grimmer's Man

as Grimmer's Man

as Grimmer's Man

as Israeli Agent

as Israeli Agent
Show More Cast

News & Interviews for Loose Cannons

Friend Ratings

No Friends? Inconceivable! Log in to see what your friends have to say.


Critic Reviews for Loose Cannons

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (8)

Dan Aykroyd's dexterous multipersonality schtick is the only redeeming feature of this chase-heavy comedy.

Full Review… | December 10, 2007
Top Critic

A reeking stinker of a comedy.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Mr. Hackman and Mr. Aykroyd deserve much better. They really do. Each gives a thoroughly professional performance that is consistently undercut by the direction of Mr. Clark.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Hackman mostly just stands around watching Aykroyd run through his exertions with the look of a man who has something unspeakable on the sole of his shoe.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 10, 2011
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Loose Cannons

Looking for an interesting combination in casting? well look no further, Dan Aykroyd, Gene Hackman and Dom Deluise head this cop buddy flick. This film followed on from the popularity of the 'Lethal Weapon' franchise as did many others of the era and they are all pretty much the same. The unique carrot on a stick here is the casting really.

It certainly is an interesting choice, 80's motor mouthed quirky comedy legend Aykroyd, hard assed no nonsense Hackman and farcical spoof maestro Deluise (of the Mel Brooks/Gene Wilder spoof pack) all thrown together. This is the films downfall basically, the three leads are totally incompatible and never gel.

The film is your usual regular mismatched cop duo comedy/thriller with all the regular mismatched cop duo moments and sequences you would expect. Action is slow (with Deluise it has to be) and uninspiring and the attempted funny moments are just poor. Aykroyd is suppose to have a multiple personality disorder which you would think could be comedy gold...it isn't, its embarrassing to watch.

Pretty much a complete failure on all aspects, Hackman just doesn't fit into this kind of lunacy and it shows. Tries to be along the same lines as 'See No Evil, Hear No Evil' with Wilder and Pryor but doesn't come close.

Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

Could be funniest, could be more good writing, could be fresh... but isn't.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer


Only a few funny scenes provided by Dan Aykroyd, including one in which he imitates the Road Runner, save this uneven cop comedy.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

Loose Cannons Quotes

– Submitted by Carolyn D (2 years ago)

Discussion Forum

Discuss Loose Cannons on our Movie forum!