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Loose Cannons (1990)

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Average Rating: 1.7/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 0 | Rotten: 7

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Loose Cannons may be a wacky buddy-cop comedy, but it starts with a chilling premise. It seems that a film is discovered that depicts the final moments of Adolf Hitler's life. The climax features young German officer Von Metz, who is seen putting Hitler to death. Von Metz (Robert Prosky) is now running for chancellor of West Germany. If this film gets out, his political career is finished, so Von Metz has arranged for the murder of anyone who has seen the film. The killings have taken place in

Jul 8, 2003

TriStar Pictures

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

December 10, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
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A reeking stinker of a comedy.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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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.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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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.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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To put it bluntly, Loose Cannons is garbage.

December 10, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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Fires nothing but blanks

March 31, 2005
Film Threat

Not one of the best efforts from either Hackman or Aykroyd.

November 16, 2004
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

Quite embarrassing, really, especially with the overacting of Dan Aykroyd.

January 27, 2004 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
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Comedy as a form of torture.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
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All of this must have looked wonderful on paper, but somehow the joy of it got lost in the translation from page to screen.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
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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.
June 26, 2012
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Could be funniest, could be more good writing, could be fresh... but isn't.
May 15, 2011
Lucas Martins

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Only a few funny scenes provided by Dan Aykroyd, including one in which he imitates the Road Runner, save this uneven cop comedy.
August 20, 2009
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