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Cohen & Tate [Blu-ray] [1988] [US Import]

Adam Baldwin , Roy Scheider    Blu-ray
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Adam Baldwin, Roy Scheider, Harley Cross, Cooper Huckabee
  • Format: Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Shout Factory
  • DVD Release Date: 9 July 2013
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00C7E3EAU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 95,904 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nine. Hmm. How about that. 1 Jun 2013
By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Cohen & Tate is directed by Eric Red who also adapts the screenplay from the short story "The Ransom of Red Chief" written by O. Henry. It stars Roy Scheider, Adam Baldwin, Harley cross, Suzanne Savoy and Marco Perella. Music is by Bill Conti and cinematography by Victor J. Kemper.

Two professional hitmen known as Cohen (Scheider) and Tate (Baldwin) kidnap 9 year old Travis Knight (Cross) from the Witness Protection Program and set off to deliver him to mob bosses in Houston. But with the wise old Cohen the polar opposite of the younger and psychotic Tate, young Travis senses an opportunity to turn the pair of them against each other to maybe manufacture his escape?

After a quite brutal opening, Cohen and Tate settles into a road movie where 90% of the action is based in a car populated by only three characters. The premise is simple, an increasingly psychotic Tate (Baldwin overacting to within an inch of his life) wants to kill the annoying kid in the back seat. Cohen (a graceful and film saving Scheider) is not having that, he may be a hitman but he still has codes and orders to adhere to. Travis the kid (Cross is whiny and poor) chips away at each man's psyche, causing a fractured atmosphere that ensures we are never quite sure how it will end up. In fact the finale is actually a doozy.

That Cohen & Tate is no forgotten masterpiece is down to uneven direction, poor acting away from Scheider and an all round preposterous feeling to it all. Credibility and logic is stretched to breaking point, often, while the dialogue doesn't sit right with the characters on show. Frustrating really because in spite of its problems it's a very watchable picture that has a strong premise at its core, and Scheider is definitely a reason to take a punt on a viewing. Even if he, and us, deserve a better movie as a whole. 7/10
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4.0 out of 5 stars A memorably thrilling road trip 19 Jun 2014
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray
Notorious in its day for its spectacularly bad box-office, Cohen and Tate is another terrifically nasty little road movie from the twisted mind of Eric Red, the writer of The Hitcher. His directorial debut certainly deserves to be a lot better known, with Roy Scheider and Adam Baldwin the mismatched hitmen of the title, tasked with killing the family of a witness to a mob hit and the feds protecting him and driving him back to Texas on a one-way trip to answer a few questions. The catch? The witness is nine years old, and he’s not going to go quietly. When his escape attempts are foiled, he realises his only way out is to turn the two arguing killers against each other – not difficult when the ageing professional Cohen, wary of deviating even slightly from his instructions for fear of the mob's 45 caliber retirement plan, is already less than happy to be partnered with the psychotic Tate, who likes running over animals and wants to kill the boy before they reach their destination.

It’s a tightly plotted, neatly played battle of wills that works thanks to a trio of fine performances: Scheider with his hearing aid, corpse-like pallor and limited supply of patience, Baldwin with his enthusiastic shoot first and then keep on shooting brand of blowhard sadism and Harley Cross as their resourceful intended victim. Even with the more extreme violence toned down to avoid an X rating this retains a constant air of menace with both men on a constant hair trigger as the job just keeps on getting worse, the film devoid of fat as it goes about its deadly business.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Region A 18 Sep 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I don't know why this was sold through the British Amazon because it's NOT Region Free. I assumed it was Region Free because of it being sold through the British Amazon and when I went to watch it, I got a message saying "Invalid Region" on my screen. Only buy this if you know you have a Region Free player.
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5.0 out of 5 stars tense thriller 26 Dec 2012
Format:DVD
cohen and tate is a tense thriller and features 3 great performance from scheider/baldwin/cross.i still cant believe it hasnt had a dvd release in the uk apart from vhs.this is a classic,writer and director eric red (great surname)who wrote the hitcher and body parts does a brilliant job.its very similar to the hitcher.with the film being spent mostly in the car and what i liked about this film is the way that harley cross(boy)who was kidnapped tries to turn them against each other,its tense/taunt.this is must see thriller but i have noticed that this version has been altered from the uk vhs version.at the start of the film there is a few sentences about the film and why the boy was in a safehouse and also the swearing by adam baldwin has been re-edited in parts probaly by the distributor not the MPAA or BBFC.but it wont put you off this brilliant film.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic hell for leather road thriller. 28 Sep 2003
By Eric Red - Published on Amazon.com
A taut, terrically filmed duel of wits between a little boy and two hired killers who kidnapped him. The film contains strong performances and gripping camerawork and editing. An underseen 80's classic that was completely ripped off by Elmore Leonard in his novel "KILLSHOT." A must see for Roy Schiedler's icy turn as a hired killer with a samurai streak of honor and Baldwin's frightening psychopathic partner. A reliably crack job of directing from Eric Red, of "THE HITCHER," "NEAR DARK" and "BODY PARTS."
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars SCHEIDER 4 LIFE 23 July 2004
By Donkey Dick - Published on Amazon.com
Roy Scheider (as Cohen) and Adam Baldwin (as Tate) are bickering mob hit men who kidnap a 9-year old kid who witnessed a mob-related killing. They also kill his parents. Cohen is older and more logical, Tate is a violet hot-head who wants nothing more than to kill the little boy. Pretty much all of this film takes place over a few hours one night on the road, as the trio head back to the city. It's very tense, clever, and well-written, and delivers an unconventional, powerful ending. The kid is never annoying, only cries once, and is portrayed as calm and cunning without being ridiculously precocious. The only downfall is Adam Baldwin's amateurish, too-obvious, over-the-top performance, and that unfortunately prevents this from being a classic. Also, Baldwin spews expletives left and right, however many of them are badly dubbed over as "sucker" or "freakin." That doesn't really make sense. But, at least Baldwin constantly threats the kid, hits him, and points giant guns in his face. That's fun. I really loved this film; you can get it cheap on VHS in a cut-out bin near you.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very underated road thriller 9 Mar 2013
By Michael Pettinato - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This is one cool thriller that takes place in the course of one night, Roy Scheider & Adam Baldwin are two hitman who are to bring back a kid who may have witnessed somthing he shouldn't have, it is clear from the start that the two men don't like each other & the kid plays on this to his advantage in the hopes of escaping, Baldwin is the younger of the two & is a hothead with a short temper, Scheider is a veteran who is all business & knows that being careful is better than being over the top, this puts the men at odds with each other, what makes this one fun to watch is seeing the kid play the two men against each other, there isn't much I can say without giving away a few surprises, but this is one neat road thriller that got very little attention when released in 1989, it was defiantely shot on a real road & is a cool suspense thrllier with a satisfying ending, if you like road thrills, this is one to get.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cohen and Tate a High-Octane Adventure 15 May 2007
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:VHS Tape
For any fan of Adam Baldwin (Firefly fans I'm talking to you), Cohen and Tate is a thrilling romp that follows two mob hitmen as they try to deliver a young witness to their boss. Unfortunately for them, the kid's a conniving little snot who figures out how to play his captors against one another and does so with annoying dexterity.

Adam Baldwin gives a vicious performance as the hot-headed Tate, though a lot of his dialogue is badly dubbed over for content (despite the movie's R rating). Roy Scheider is ice-cold as Cohen, conceivable as a veteran killer suffering from hearing loss.

The movie as a whole isn't the greatest, but it's not so much the plot that drives this movie. The characters of Cohen and Tate, their conflicting natures and constitutions is what makes this movie worth your time. As the tension mounts, you can sense the characters' hatred for one another. When the movie reaches it's climax, you don't really care who gets killed but you really want someone to get it. One day I would love to see this movie released to DVD with Baldwin's original dialogue restored.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally available! 31 Mar 2011
By spannick - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
i don't care that it's burned (can be backuped easily on a HD), but to see this in Widescreen Anamorphic is SUCH a beautiful Wonder! and it even has the Original Trailer! i could not be happier with this. Thanks!
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