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  • Actors: Richard Dreyfuss, Emilio Estevez, Madeleine Stowe, Aidan Quinn, Dan Lauria
  • Directors: John Badham
  • Writers: Jim Kouf
  • Producers: John Badham, Cathleen Summers, Dana Satler Hankins, Gregg Champion, Jim Kouf
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Walt Disney Studios HE
  • DVD Release Date: 20 May 2002
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000064246
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,425 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Feature Length: 112 mins approx
Widescreen Format: 1.85:1
Languages: Dolby Digital 5.1: English / Spanish
Subtitles: English / English for the hearing impaired / Spanish / Swedish / Norwegian / Danish / Finnish
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A comedy thriller with a silken thread of romance, 1987’s Stakeout stars Richard Dreyfuss and Emilio Estevez as a pair of undercover cops assigned to watch the apartment of the former girlfriend (Madeleine Stowe) of a violent escaped convict. Complications ensue when Dreyfuss’ cop poses as a telephone inspector to get in and bug the girlfriend’s phone and they strike up a relationship.

Initially coming on a bit like a cross between Hitchcock's Rear Window and Porky's, Stakeout ends up falling between the two stools of mirth and suspense. Some half-amusing business involving a series of practical jokes between the cop duo and their relief partners doesn’t add materially to the film. Emilio Estevez’s sidekick role is under-developed and he brings to this none of the loose cannon mania he would later bring to Young Guns. Dreyfuss isn’t entirely convincing as a tough, seasoned cop and Aidan Quinn as the villain comes across as a poor man’s James Woods. Yet for all these flaws, director John Badham just about manages to cobble together a watchable caper.

On the DVD: Stakeout on disc has no extras of any kind, not even a trailer. The feature is presented in widescreen 1.85:1 format with Dolby digital 5.1 sound. The dubbing briefly goes awry near the end. --David Stubbs

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 Dec. 2000
Format: VHS Tape
It was a video recommended by a friend, and I looked at it as a waste of time. I don't like much the linear/stupid/predictable plot of action movies. Surprise! The plot is just an excuse to reveal the best duo in cinema ever: Dreyfus and Estevez. Very good acting, hilarious gags, this movie was made by people in good humor and happy with themselves. Fairly paced, the story unfolds with continuous elements of surprise. And guess what: the sequel is as good. A very good movie.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 15 Feb. 2011
Format: DVD
Det. Chris Lecce (Richard Dreyfuss) and Det. Bill Reimers (Emilio Estevez]) get assigned to stakeout the home of Maria McGuire (Madeleine Stowe) in the hope that her recently escaped from prison ex (Aidan Quinn) shows up. The ex showing up is the least of their problems for Chris is starting to fall for Maria, and that spells trouble for everyone.

There's something about 80s action comedies that just doesn't travel well. Where once film's like Beverly Hills Cop and this John Badham directed piece were massively popular, now they seem to receive negativity from a majority of the new wave of film watchers. I don't have the answer myself, perhaps it's just one of those decades that doesn't date well? Even if that saying is beyond my own comprehension for any decade.

What ever, Stakeout is a fun and entertaining picture, yes it's a routine plot {a kind of fun Rear Window}, but the chemistry between Estevez and an on fire Dreyfuss lifts it far above being a bog standard buddy movie. Jim Kouf's screenplay has some sharp moments of comedy, notably the play off between our two main protagonists and another cop pairing played by Forest Whitaker & Dan Lauria. While Badham competently constructs the action sequences that are a staple for this kind of movie. Quinn does a nice line in psycho villainy, while Stowe is sexy and vulnerable to great effect. It's a credit to both Stowe and Dreyfuss that their coupling, in spite of the age and social differences, is believable and tender.

Nothing new here of course, but the good story is told well and acted with great comic gusto. An equally enjoyable sequel (Another Stakeout) followed in 1993. 7/10
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Inspector Gadget VINE VOICE on 28 May 2011
Format: DVD
I first saw Stakeout when I taped it of ITV on Saturday March 27th 1993. I did a lot that day. I went to an open day at the Lloyds Bank HQ, I went shopping for clothes, shoes, and video games (I ended up buying Streets of Rage (Mega Drive) and Golden Axe (Mega Drive)). Stakeout was one of many movies I first saw on my little portable in the bedroom. I had always been a fan of Richard Dreyfuss after seeing Jaws at an early age, and it was nice to see him play a tough cop for a change.

Chris Leece and Bill Reimers (Dreyfuss and Estevez) are a pair of Seattle detectives assigned to some dull case. A crook has escaped from jail and may or may not visit his old girlfriend (Madeline Stowe). Chris and Bill are stuck in the apartment opposite her and spend all day peeking between the blinds in case something/anything happens. But Chris can't help snooping around, spies on her in the shower, gets invited to dinner/bed, and falls in love with her. But when the boyfriend does come back he's not too happy at another man wearing his pajamas.

Stakeout alternates between dark and violent, to light comedy/romance, then back to dark and violent. Though it's not an inconsistency that really affects the film in any way. John Badham's rugged, grainy photography keeps the overall tone firmly in the action movie genre, while the humorous touches help to build character. It's a juggling act, but everybody manages to do it well.

Hardly worthy of any special recognition in the cop genre, but still highly watchable.
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Format: DVD
Richard Dreyfuss (Close encounters of the third kind) teams up with Emilio Estevez (The Breakfast Club) in this quirky enjoyable buddy crime comedy about two guys who go on a stakeout in a hope to try and track down a criminal, but a twist is in store as one falls for the girl who they are spying on.

Filled with many clichés, stakeout is able to grind out an enjoyable comedy through an intriguing front duo of Estevez and Dreyfuss. Support is given through Madeleine Stowe in a good but stereotypical role. The acting is good fun comedy nature with very good catchphrases and some physical humour to justify the genre. Some very bizarre humour had me scratching my head but most is fun and laidback.

The plot is consistent with jokes at every corner and the two leads make the film enjoyable as one of the top buddies in recent years in the crime genre. Took a while to get going as the plot laid down the characters backgrounds and personalities and once the stakeout begins does the film liven up.

Justifying the crime genre to, viewers are given a look at what a stakeout involves, and though interesting, is some what portrayed unprofessionally, though obviously justifying the comedy genre.

It is a very laid back film with not many serious moments and the tense scenes didn't really feel tense enough.

Estevez and Dreyfus teamed up for a sequel some years later but this felt like a one story film, not for a sequel so I won't be watching the follow up.

The ending was awful in my opinion, complete convention at its very best, and I'm sorry but that outcome was very unlikely.

Took a while to get going and there are a few questionable scenes but it is enjoyable with good humour and apart from a few clichés running it is one of those of those films which you can sit down and enjoy.

7.5/10
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