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Cohen and Tate [VHS] [1988]


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  • Actors: Roy Scheider, Adam Baldwin, Harley Cross, Cooper Huckabee, Suzanne Savoy
  • Directors: Eric Red
  • Writers: Eric Red
  • Producers: Antony Rufus-Isaacs, Jeff Young
  • Language: English
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Universal
  • VHS Release Date: 13 July 1998
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000057S3C
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 222,138 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Cohen (Roy Scheider) and Tate (Adam Baldwin) are Mafia hitmen who work together despite hating each other's guts. Cold-blooded pro Cohen resents the younger, hot-headed Tate, who enjoys killing for the sake of it. When they kidnap a nine-year-old witness to a Mafia killing, Travis Knight, they have to deliver him to Washington in 24 hours. Knight, becoming aware of the animosity between his kidnappers, attempts to play them off against each other in the hope of seizing a chance of escape. However, when the friction explodes into open violence, Travis could be caught in the crossfire.

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 19 Jun. 2014
Format: Blu-ray
Notorious in its day for its record-setting 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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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Darren Fuge on 18 Sept. 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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By T. K. Horgan on 6 Aug. 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
brilliant thank u xx
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 1 Jun. 2013
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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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T. A. J. Leahy on 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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