Plot & Details
Though John Badham's Stakeout doesn't flinch in the violence department, the film concentrates primarily on characterization. Richard Dreyfuss and Emilio Estevez play a pair of Seattle detectives, assigned to capture escaped hood Aidan Quinn. The twosome spends much of the film on stakeout in a lonely, deserted house; the object of their scrutiny is Madeline Stowe, Quinn's former girlfriend. Pretending to be a telephone repairman, Dreyfuss plants a bug in Stowe's apartment--thereby inaugurating a romance that compromises the detective's objectivity. In the climax, Quinn gets the upper hand--at least until the fists start flying. Perfect as it stood, Stakeout didn't need to be elaborated upon with a sequel, but Another Stakeout was produced all the same.
- Genre(s): Drama,Thriller
- Run Time: 117min.
- Theatrical Release Date: 08/05/1987
- DVD Release Date: 08/13/2002
- Distributor(s): Buena Vista
- Director(s): John Badham
- Starring: Richard Dreyfuss , Emilio Estevez , Madeleine Stowe , Aidan Quinn , Dan Lauria
- Themes: Bodyguards
- Tone: Humorous,Silly,Tense
- Keywords: alcoholism, detective, fugitive, hostage, romance, surveillance, woman, criminal, escaped-convict, girlfriend, stakeout, telephone-repairman, undercover
- Country of Origin: USA (08-05-1987)
- Language: English