Stakeout (1987)

R | 117 mins | Comedy-drama | 5 August 1987

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HISTORY

End credits note the movie was “Filmed on location in British Columbia, Canada.” End credits also include thanks to: “The British Columbia Film Commission; The People and Officials of Vancouver, B.C.; Vancouver Port Corporation.”
       Principal photography began on 16 Jan 1987 in Vancouver, Canada, according to the 23 Jan 1987 DV production chart. However, the 20 Jan 1987 HR stated that filming would commence on 2 Feb 1987 in Vancouver and last for ten weeks.
       Stakeout opened on 951 screens nationwide on 5 Aug 1987, earning $6.5 million in its first five days of release, according to the 11 Aug 1987 DV box-office chart. Because the film did so well in its first week with a $5,437 per screen average, distributor Touchstone Pictures added another sixty-five screens in the second week, the 18 Aug 1987 HR stated. It topped the weekend box office charts for five weeks, earning a total of $46 million after thirty-eight days of release, according to the 15 Sep 1987 DV box office report. The 4 Oct 1987 LAT noted Stakeout was one of two films in 1987 to sit atop the charts for five straight weeks. The Secret of My Success (see entry) was the other. ... More Less

End credits note the movie was “Filmed on location in British Columbia, Canada.” End credits also include thanks to: “The British Columbia Film Commission; The People and Officials of Vancouver, B.C.; Vancouver Port Corporation.”
       Principal photography began on 16 Jan 1987 in Vancouver, Canada, according to the 23 Jan 1987 DV production chart. However, the 20 Jan 1987 HR stated that filming would commence on 2 Feb 1987 in Vancouver and last for ten weeks.
       Stakeout opened on 951 screens nationwide on 5 Aug 1987, earning $6.5 million in its first five days of release, according to the 11 Aug 1987 DV box-office chart. Because the film did so well in its first week with a $5,437 per screen average, distributor Touchstone Pictures added another sixty-five screens in the second week, the 18 Aug 1987 HR stated. It topped the weekend box office charts for five weeks, earning a total of $46 million after thirty-eight days of release, according to the 15 Sep 1987 DV box office report. The 4 Oct 1987 LAT noted Stakeout was one of two films in 1987 to sit atop the charts for five straight weeks. The Secret of My Success (see entry) was the other.
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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
23 Jan 1987.
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Daily Variety
3 Aug 1987.
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Daily Variety
11 Aug 1987.
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Daily Variety
15 Sep 1987.
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Hollywood Reporter
20 Jan 1987.
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Hollywood Reporter
3 Aug 1987
p. 3, 12.
Hollywood Reporter
18 Aug 1987.
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Los Angeles Times
5 Aug 1987
p. 1.
Los Angeles Times
4 Oct 1987.
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New York Times
5 Aug 1987
p. 21.
Variety
5 Aug 1987
p. 13.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
Touchstone Pictures presents
In Association with Silver Screen Partners II
A Jim Kouf Cathleen Summers Production
A John Badham Movie
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Prod mgr
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
3d asst dir
DGC Trainee
Dir, 2d unit
1st asst dir, 2d unit
2d asst dir, 2d unit
PRODUCERS
Prod
Assoc prod
Exec prod
WRITER
Wrt
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam op
1st asst cam
2d asst cam
Steadicam op
Gaffer
Best boy
Key grip
Best boy grip
Dolly grip
Still photog
Video asst op
Dir of photog, 2d unit
1st asst cam, 2d unit
1st asst cam, 2d unit
2d asst cam, 2d unit
ART DIRECTORS
Prod des
Art dir
Asst art dir
FILM EDITORS
1st asst ed, L.A.
1st asst ed, L.A.
1st asst ed, L.A.
1st asst ed, Vancouver
1st asst ed, Vancouver
1st asst ed, Vancouver
SET DECORATORS
Asst set dec
Const coord
Prop master
Asst prop master
Asst prop master
COSTUMES
Cost des
Cost supv
Set costumer
Asst costumer
Asst costumer
MUSIC
Asst mus ed
Mus score mixer
Mus score mixer
Mus score mixer
Synthesizers programmed and performed by
Synthesizers programmed and performed by
SOUND
Sd mixer
Boom op
Supv sd ed
Supv sd ed
Sd ed
Sd ed
Sd ed
Asst sd ed
Asst sd ed
Asst sd ed
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Foley by
Foley by
Foley re-rec by
Digitally re-rec at
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff coord
Spec eff crewman
Spec eff crewman
Spec eff crewman
Spec eff crewman
Spec eff crewman
Spec eff crewman
Title des
MAKEUP
Makeup artist
Hairstylist
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting
Casting
Casting
Casting
Supv prod
Scr supv
Loc mgr
Transportation coord
Prod accountant
Prod coord
Asst to Mr. Badham
Asst to Mr. Champion
Asst to Mr. Kouf
Asst casting
Extras casting
Animal handler
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Picture mascot
STAND INS
Stunt coord, L. A.
Stunt coord, Vancouver
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
SOURCES
SONGS
“Why Do You Run,” written by Graham Ward, performed by The Ward Brothers, courtesy of Virgin Records Ltd./A&M Records Inc
“Rhythm Is Gonna Get You,” written by Gloria M. Estefan & Enrique Garcia, performed by Gloria Estefan and The Miami Sound Machine, courtesy of CBS Records Inc
“Hot Together,” written by Sharon Robinson, performed by The Pointer Sisters, courtesy of RCA Records
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SONGS
“Why Do You Run,” written by Graham Ward, performed by The Ward Brothers, courtesy of Virgin Records Ltd./A&M Records Inc
“Rhythm Is Gonna Get You,” written by Gloria M. Estefan & Enrique Garcia, performed by Gloria Estefan and The Miami Sound Machine, courtesy of CBS Records Inc
“Hot Together,” written by Sharon Robinson, performed by The Pointer Sisters, courtesy of RCA Records
“Desire To Win,” written and performed by Ross Vannelli
“Higher Love,” written by Steve Winwood & Will Jennings, performed by Steve Winwood, courtesy of Island Records, Inc
“This Night Was Made (For One Thing Only),” written by Arthur B. Rubinstein & Douglas Brayfield, performed by Randy Crawford, courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc
“Is It Love,” written by Richard Page, Steve George, John Lang & Pat Mastelotto, performed by Mr. Mister, courtesy of RCA Records.
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DETAILS
Release Date:
5 August 1987
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles, New York opening: 5 August 1987
Production Date:
mid January or early February--late March or mid April 1987
Copyright Claimant:
Touchstone Pictures a.a.d.o. the Walt Disney Company
Copyright Date:
5 August 1987
Copyright Number:
PA333701
Physical Properties:
Sound
Dolby Stereo ® in Selected Theatres
Color
Lenses
Lenses and Panaflex® camera by Panavision®
Prints
Prints by De Luxe®
Duration(in mins):
117
MPAA Rating:
R
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
28573
SYNOPSIS

In Seattle, Washington, detective Chris Lecce and his young partner, Bill Reimers, are assigned to a stakeout, watching the apartment of Maria McGuire, a waitress who goes to night school. Maria’s ex-boyfriend, Richard “Stick” Montgomery, has just escaped from prison where he was serving time for killing a police officer, and police believe he may try to contact her. The police rent the unfinished upstairs apartment in a house across the street from Maria’s apartment. Chris and Bill have the night shift, while detectives Phil Coldshank and Jack Pismo have the day shift. Chris and Bill protest the assignment, until they get a view through their binoculars of the beautiful, young Maria undressing. Chris is instantly drawn to her. When he returns to his waterfront apartment after the night shift, Chris finds most of the belongings are gone, as his girlfriend, Bonnie, has left him without any notice. Meanwhile, Stick and his cousin who helped him escape prison, Caylor Reese, are in Wyoming, plotting to get to Mexico. Stick needs to go Maria’s where he stashed his money, although she is unaware it is there. That night when his shift starts, Chris cuts Maria’s phone line and pretends to be a phone repairman. Once inside her apartment, he puts taps on her kitchen and bedroom phones. Later, when Maria leaves, Chris breaks into the apartment to go through her things, finding letters from Stick to Maria. However, Maria returns home unexpectedly and Chris hides under her bed. He watches while she showers, then slips out the window just before she catches him. The next night, Chris goes to buy snacks since the day shift did not leave them ... +


In Seattle, Washington, detective Chris Lecce and his young partner, Bill Reimers, are assigned to a stakeout, watching the apartment of Maria McGuire, a waitress who goes to night school. Maria’s ex-boyfriend, Richard “Stick” Montgomery, has just escaped from prison where he was serving time for killing a police officer, and police believe he may try to contact her. The police rent the unfinished upstairs apartment in a house across the street from Maria’s apartment. Chris and Bill have the night shift, while detectives Phil Coldshank and Jack Pismo have the day shift. Chris and Bill protest the assignment, until they get a view through their binoculars of the beautiful, young Maria undressing. Chris is instantly drawn to her. When he returns to his waterfront apartment after the night shift, Chris finds most of the belongings are gone, as his girlfriend, Bonnie, has left him without any notice. Meanwhile, Stick and his cousin who helped him escape prison, Caylor Reese, are in Wyoming, plotting to get to Mexico. Stick needs to go Maria’s where he stashed his money, although she is unaware it is there. That night when his shift starts, Chris cuts Maria’s phone line and pretends to be a phone repairman. Once inside her apartment, he puts taps on her kitchen and bedroom phones. Later, when Maria leaves, Chris breaks into the apartment to go through her things, finding letters from Stick to Maria. However, Maria returns home unexpectedly and Chris hides under her bed. He watches while she showers, then slips out the window just before she catches him. The next night, Chris goes to buy snacks since the day shift did not leave them any food. He bumps into Maria in the grocery store and flirts with her, telling her that his name is “Bill.” She flirts back. When Maria’s bicycle has a flat tire, she asks Chris for a ride home. Once there, she invites him in for coffee. She says she likes his smile and fixes dinner for him. They get along well and chat about many things. The next day, an infatuated Chris is insufferable to be around. Bill finally tells him to stay focused on their job. Chris investigates Maria’s brother, Reynaldo McGuire, who is in jail for grand theft auto. He arranges to get Reynaldo out and set him up with a construction job, provided he promises to go directly home from work each day. Maria goes to see Reynaldo at the police station just before his release and runs into Chris. She is confused when people at the station seem to know him and call him Chris rather than “Bill,” but he makes excuses and gets away from her. Meanwhile, Stick and his cousin rob a gas station while making their way from Wyoming to Seattle. Chris telephones Maria while watching through the telescope from the stakeout house. She thanks him for getting her brother out of jail. Chris sees that the food on the stove is burning and tells her. She pulls the pan off the stove, but wants to know how he knew. Chris lies, saying he could hear it sizzling in the background. Chris tells Maria he cannot see her for a while, but she insists on getting his phone number. He reluctantly gives her the number for his home. The next day, Maria telephones Chris at home and wakes him up. He quickly remembers police are tapping her line and fakes a coughing fit to get off the phone. When Chris starts his night shift, he tries to get the tape recording of the call, but the day shift men insist on taking it to police headquarters. Later that night when a man comes to Maria’s house, Chris fears it is Stick and rushes across the street to rescue her. However, it is merely an agitated friend looking for his wife. Chris talks him down, impressing Maria. After the friend leaves, Maria kisses him and they make love. Chris wakes up in Maria’s bed at 7:30 a.m. Realizing the day shift has come on duty and are watching the house, Chris panics. He quickly dresses and borrows a pink hat and a shawl to leave the house. The day shift reports that a man was in the house and soon police cars are patrolling the area looking for this man. Chris avoids getting caught thanks to Bill picking him up, but once at the police station, the commander plays the tape of the phone call and shows video of Chris leaving the house. They believe this man was Stick. However, Bill chastises his partner, telling him to end the affair or get a different assignment. Bill says he is “not going down” with Chris if he is caught violating police rules about interacting with a suspect. As Stick and Caylor drive down a two-lane highway, a police car spots them and gives chase. Stick and Caylor try to outrun the officers and fire at them. Stick turns onto a dirt road and speeds away, but drives into the Nisqually River. Stick escapes before the car goes under water, but police believe he is drowned in the heavy river current, even though they did not find his body. When Chris reports for the night shift, he finds Bill packing up the stakeout house because the assignment ended with Stick’s presumed death. Bill comments that Chris is lucky he did not get caught with Maria. Now free to admit is feelings, Chris says he loves Maria and goes across the street to confess to her. Maria is angry to learn she was deceived and rushes over to view the stakeout house. Chris says he was just doing his job, but what happened between them was his “mistake.” Maria curses at him and returns home. However, when Maria gets there, Stick is inside. Chris follows her, trying to explain, and Stick pulls a gun on him, wanting to know what they were arguing about. Chris lies, saying he was in prison for eighteen months for armed robbery and they were arguing because Maria just found out he violated his parole. Stick takes a knife and cuts the upholstery on a wingback chair and pulls out many stacks of money. He telephones his friend, B.C., who works on the docks, and arranges to meet him in twenty minutes. Meanwhile, Bill spots Stick in Maria’s apartment and climbs to the back of the house to catch him. Realizing they are being watched, Chris and Stick rush outside to get Bill. To maintain the premise he is an ex-convict, Chris punches Bill. Inside, they handcuff Bill while Stick wonders how the cop knew he was there. Chris lies, saying Bill came to the house looking for him because of the parole violation. Chris drives Maria and Stick to the docks with Bill as their hostage. Stick intends to leave the country with Maria, but says he will kill Bill for being a cop and kill Chris for having sex with Maria. When Maria hits Stick to prevent him from shooting them, he hits her back. Bill gets out of his handcuffs just as Stick’s friend, B.C., arrives with the boat. B.C. recognizes Chris as a policeman and pulls the boat away. Bill dives in the water and climbs aboard the boat which crashes into a pile of logs in the water. Chris chases Stick into a saw mill, where they fight amidst the moving equipment. Stick is about to shoot Chris when Maria hits him in the head with a stick. Chris shoots Stick in the chest and he dies. After police arrive, Chris thanks Maria for saving his life and Maria claims that Chris now belongs to her. The two kiss and pledge their love.


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Name Occurs Before Title
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