6.71 h 57 min1987R
HD. Richard Dreyfuss and Emilio Estevez are Seattle cops who mishandle a simple stakeout operation.
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Richard DreyfussEmilio Estevez
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4.7 out of 5 stars

1476 global ratings

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Linda BronsonReviewed in the United States on September 16, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Falling In Love
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Its funny and a good love story too!
Holly FlanneryReviewed in the United States on August 14, 2022
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Very funny movie
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We had this movie on VHS back in the day. Not long ago I thought of wanting to watch it again, so bought the DVD. Really good, funny movie. A little over acting, but it works.
Dr. PaulReviewed in the United States on June 30, 2021
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Stakeout continues its humorous action and romance fun after all these years
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I remember seeing Stakeout in the theatre and loving it. I watched it again on videotape and DVD - owning both - so when Amazon had a great deal on it streaming I grabbed it to keep in our film collection. It may be an 80s classic, but it stands up here in the 21st century, with fun, action, romance, and great performances by the leads: Richard Dreyfuss, Emilio Estevez, and Madeleine Stowe.

Two Seattle detectives are put on a Stakeout watching the ex-girl friend of an escaped prisoner. Not expecting him (played by Aidan Quinn) to show, it’s the junk assignment. Through the windows they peek, and when Dryfuss’ character, Chris, gets stuck inside, the humor and fun begin. Over the course of time he becomes the white in not so shiny armor for Stowe, an ex-girlfriend with apparently bad taste in men. And as these two start falling for one another, things get heated when Quinn finally shows up - where he wasn’t expected - in her apartment. The laughs still come quick and really are funny. There is a dark undertone whenever Quinn’s bad guy is around and we get proper chases and danger. But the love story balances it out as the two unlikely love birds end up falling for one another, unaware of what’s really going on - well, at least she’s unaware. In the end, causes after chase, see Dryfuss and Estevez being fun, goofy, and skilled, and if you’re wondering if they catch the bad guy and the good guy gets the girl (really, you’re wondering?) you’ll have to watch to find out... This Stakeout is a good one to enjoy!
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Stephen ThalerReviewed in the United States on June 27, 2022
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A Must Watch
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Emilio Estevez and Richard Dreyfuss make a hilarious duo in this comedy classic!
Paul J.Reviewed in the United States on March 14, 2022
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Great movie. Hard to find on streaming.
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Sometimes nostalgia causes you to want something you appreciated in the past ( definition of nostalgia... ) . In my case, I loved this movie when I first saw it and had to see it again. I looked everywhere on streaming and it was no where to be seen so I bought it... Novel idea from the past as well...

Emilio Esteves and Richard Dreyfuss were great and now that I own the movie, I can watch it whenever I want!

S. VecchioReviewed in the United States on February 2, 2015
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5 + Stars! One of Top Three Movies With The Most Romantic Love Scenes...........
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First saw this movie in theaters when it was released. Just love It as much as when I first saw it, and would watch just to see the love scene between Dreyfuss and Stowe at the end.

Dreyfuss and Emilio Estevez, are very good together as police detective partners, and all the supporting cast is just great, including Aidan Quinn as the villain

Richard Dreyfuss and Madeleine Stowe are a rather unlikely paring. He is quite a bit older than she is, but the audience sees how good the writing and directing and acting are, when the heat that Dreyfuss and Stowe create, shows the genius casting, instead of making Dreyfuss the married guy, and sticking Estevez and Stowe together, since he was quite the hearthrob as part of the "Brat Pack" back then

Dreyfuss has been cast very successfully as a leading man, several times, even though he is only about 5' 6" and not extremely handsome.
However, he has loads of charisma, and the roles he's chosen give him a chance to showcase it.

I am a straight woman, but Stowe is SO beautiful, you almost can't take your eyes off her. And the sensual way SHE was going after Dreyfuss was completely believable, and on FIRE!

AND, what I really liked, was they didn't do any tricks to make Dreyfuss look taller.

At the end of the movie, he is standing next to the FBI agent he had confronted earlier in the film, and he only comes up to the guy's shoulder, but his big personality more than makes up for it.

The way the last scene between Dreyfuss and Stowe is shot and written gives me goose bumps every time I see it, and it was made almost 30 years ago.

The scene starts out shot from behind Dreyfuss, looking at Stowe as he walks toward her.

Then the camera makes a dramatic swing way out behind him, and around over to put a close up on Stowe looking up at Dreyfuss as he arrives standing facing her. That cinematography and direction, and the absolutely exquisite way Dreyfuss delivers his line, when he tells Stowe, she saved his life, is what separates a good movie, from a great one.

The other two movies are "The Abyss". and "Heaven Can Wait"
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Massimo D.Reviewed in the United States on May 29, 2022
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Great old movie
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Funny haha. Not hilarious but good
vrodboyReviewed in the United States on May 9, 2022
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A delightful movie
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Definitely a chick flick...well written and acted and just the right amount of humor. Emilio well done!
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