Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot (1992)

PG-13 | 87 mins | Comedy | 21 February 1992

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HISTORY

Items in the 3 Nov 1989 DV and the HR of 23 Jan 1991 and 25 Jan 1991 reported that screenwriter Blake Snyder, making his feature film debut, wrote the original script which was sold to Universal Pictures. The screenplay was rewritten by William Osborne and William Davies, who had previously worked on the 1988 film Twins (see entry) with producer Ivan Reitman. Reportedly, Reitman was in talks to direct the film in addition to producing, however, Roger Spottiswoode signed on as director.
       A 28 May 1991 HR production chart noted that principal photography began 14 May 1991 in Los Angeles, CA.
       According to the 11 Aug 1997 Time, actor Sylvester Stallone claimed it was “the most unhappy experience” he ever had on a film. Stallone believed the film should have been a dark comedy, however, he realized they were in “dire straits” because his character could not be mean to his co-star Estelle Getty, “whom America adored.” The film’s domestic box-office gross was $28 million.
       An article in the 18 Oct 1993 HR reported that Ed Munis, a veteran, filed suit against Universal Pictures claiming that his post-traumatic stress disorder was aggravated by the sounds of explosions and gunfire during the filming of Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot. Munis claimed that after the first explosions were filmed, he approached the film crew and was promised by a Universal official that he would be informed when explosions were to be set off so he would have time to leave the area. Munis alleged that the film ... More Less

Items in the 3 Nov 1989 DV and the HR of 23 Jan 1991 and 25 Jan 1991 reported that screenwriter Blake Snyder, making his feature film debut, wrote the original script which was sold to Universal Pictures. The screenplay was rewritten by William Osborne and William Davies, who had previously worked on the 1988 film Twins (see entry) with producer Ivan Reitman. Reportedly, Reitman was in talks to direct the film in addition to producing, however, Roger Spottiswoode signed on as director.
       A 28 May 1991 HR production chart noted that principal photography began 14 May 1991 in Los Angeles, CA.
       According to the 11 Aug 1997 Time, actor Sylvester Stallone claimed it was “the most unhappy experience” he ever had on a film. Stallone believed the film should have been a dark comedy, however, he realized they were in “dire straits” because his character could not be mean to his co-star Estelle Getty, “whom America adored.” The film’s domestic box-office gross was $28 million.
       An article in the 18 Oct 1993 HR reported that Ed Munis, a veteran, filed suit against Universal Pictures claiming that his post-traumatic stress disorder was aggravated by the sounds of explosions and gunfire during the filming of Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot. Munis claimed that after the first explosions were filmed, he approached the film crew and was promised by a Universal official that he would be informed when explosions were to be set off so he would have time to leave the area. Munis alleged that the film crew did not honor that promise, and he became so distraught that the Veterans Administration moved his designation from fifty percent disabled from post-traumatic stress disorder to a one hundred percent disability. Munis was awarded $75,000 in an out-of-court settlement.
       The 9 Nov 1993 LAT reported that a dozen police officers in Monticello, UT, responded to reports of an armed man inside a vacant building. The officers “stormed the room” and discovered the alleged gunman was a cardboard cut-out of Sylvester Stallone promoting the movie Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot.
       The end credit for Steve Blakney, Property Master, Santa Rosa, California - 2nd unit, is misspelled as "Propety" Master. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
3 Nov 1989.
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Hollywood Reporter
23 Jan 1991.
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Hollywood Reporter
25 Jan 1991.
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Hollywood Reporter
28 May 1991.
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Hollywood Reporter
18 Oct 1993
p. 7, 103.
Los Angeles Times
21 Feb 1992
p. 14.
Los Angeles Times
9 Nov 1993.
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New York Times
21 Feb 1992
p. 8.
Time
11 Aug 1997.
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Variety
24 Feb 1992
pp. 248-249.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
Universal Pictures presents
A Northern Lights Production
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Unit prod mgr
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
2d 2d asst dir
Dir, Santa Rosa, California - 2d unit
1st asst dir, Santa Rosa, California - 2d unit
2d asst dir, Santa Rosa, California - 2d unit
Dir, Los Angeles - 2d unit
1st asst dir, Los Angeles - 2d unit
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
Assoc prod
Exec prod
Exec prod
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam op
Steadicam op
1st asst cam
1st asst cam
2d asst cam
2d asst cam
Steadicam asst
Still photog
Video playback
Video playback asst
Chief lighting tech
Best boy elec
Key grip
Best boy grip
Dolly grip
Company grip
Company grip
Dir of photog, Santa Rosa, California - 2d unit
Cam op, Santa Rosa, California - 2d unit
Cam op, Santa Rosa, California - 2d unit
Asst cam, Santa Rosa, California - 2d unit
Asst cam, Santa Rosa, California - 2d unit
Asst cam, Santa Rosa, California - 2d unit
Asst cam, Santa Rosa, California - 2d unit
Asst cam, Santa Rosa, California - 2d unit
Asst cam, Santa Rosa, California - 2d unit
Spacecam op, Santa Rosa, California - 2d unit
Spacecam asst op, Santa Rosa, California - 2d unit
Key grip, Santa Rosa, California - 2d unit
Best boy grip, Santa Rosa, California - 2d unit
Dolly grip, Santa Rosa, California - 2d unit
Elec, Santa Rosa, California - 2d unit
Dir of photog, Los Angeles - 2d unit
ART DIRECTORS
Prod des
Art dir
Prod illustrator
FILM EDITORS
Film ed
Post prod coord
Assoc film ed
Asst film ed
Asst film ed
Asst film ed
Negative cutter
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Set des
Leadman
Set dresser
Set dresser
Prop master
Asst prop master
Const coord
Const foreman
Labor foreman
Paint foreman
Standby painter
Prop master, Santa Rosa, California - 2d unit
Leadman, Santa Rosa, California - 2d unit
COSTUMES
Cost des
Cost supv
Costumer
Costumer
Costumer
Costumer
Ward, Santa Rosa, California - 2d unit
MUSIC
Mus ed
Asst mus ed
Mus scoring mixer
SOUND
Prod sd mixer
Boom op
2d boom op
Supv sd ed
Supv sd ed
Supv ADR ed
Foley supv
Sd ed
Sd ed
Sd ed
Sd ed
Sd ed
ADR ed
Digital sd editing
Digital sd editing
Asst sd ed
Asst sd ed
Asst sd ed
Asst sd ed
Addl audio
Foley mixer
Foley artist
Foley artist
Sd ed
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
ADR group
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff coord
Spec eff supv
Spec eff supv
Spec eff supv
Titles and opticals
Main title seq des by
MAKEUP
Makeup artist
Makeup artist
Makeup artist
Hairstylist
Mr. Stallone's hairstylist
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting
Scr supv
Prod coord
Asst prod coord
Loc mgr
Loc mgr
Unit pub
Casting asst
Extras casting
Aerial coord
Transportation coord
Transportation capt
Picture car capt
Animal trainer
Prod accountant
Asst accountant
2d asst accountant
Asst to Mr. Reitman
Asst to Mr. Medjuck
Asst to Mr. Gross
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Craft service
Craft service
First aid
Police consultant
Asst to Mr. Smith, Santa Rosa, California - 2d uni
Asst aerial coord, Santa Rosa, California - 2d uni
Aerial mechanic, Santa Rosa, California - 2d unit
Prod asst, Santa Rosa, California - 2d unit
STAND INS
Stunt coord
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
COLOR PERSONNEL
Col timer
Col by
SOURCES
SONGS
"Undecided," words by Sid Robin, music by Charles Shavers, performed by The Ames Brothers, courtesy of MCA Records.
PERFORMER
DETAILS
Release Date:
21 February 1992
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles opening: 21 February 1992
New York opening: week of 21 February 1992
Production Date:
began 14 May 1991
Copyright Claimant:
Universal City Studios, Inc.
Copyright Date:
4 May 1992
Copyright Number:
PA565590
Physical Properties:
Sound
Dolby Stereo ® in Selected Theatres
Color
Lenses
Filmed with Panavision® cameras and lenses
Duration(in mins):
87
MPAA Rating:
PG-13
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
31636
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Sgt. Joseph Andrew Bomowski and his partner, Tony, are involved in a gun battle during an arrest, and Tony is slightly wounded. Afterward, Joe repeatedly attempts to call his mother, “Tutti,” in Newark, New Jersey. However, Tutti refuses to answer the telephone while she packs for her trip to visit him in Los Angeles, California. In the morning, Joe’s boss and girl friend, Lt. Gwen Harper, is angry that he did not call her the previous evening after the arrest. Declaring that Joe runs away from commitment, she ends their relationship. At the airport, passengers and crew from Tutti’s flight greet Joe with laughter, having been entertained by Tutti’s photographs and stories of Joe’s childhood. Joe wonders why Tutti did not answer the telephone the previous night, and learns that she did not want him to cancel her visit, as he had for the past five years. As Joe drives Tutti and her dog, Pixie, to his home, they pass a scene where a suicide jumper is perched on a ledge. While Joe runs inside to help, Tutti learns the jumper has problems with his mother, and as Joe steps onto the ledge, she grabs a bullhorn. When Joe yells at his mother to stop talking, the suicidal teenager orders him to be respectful to his mother. As Tutti starts talking about Joe’s childhood and shares pictures with everyone, the teenager admits his own situation is not that bad, and steps back inside the building. Later, when Joe and Tutti arrive at his home, she insists it is not clean enough. She starts cleaning in the ... +


Sgt. Joseph Andrew Bomowski and his partner, Tony, are involved in a gun battle during an arrest, and Tony is slightly wounded. Afterward, Joe repeatedly attempts to call his mother, “Tutti,” in Newark, New Jersey. However, Tutti refuses to answer the telephone while she packs for her trip to visit him in Los Angeles, California. In the morning, Joe’s boss and girl friend, Lt. Gwen Harper, is angry that he did not call her the previous evening after the arrest. Declaring that Joe runs away from commitment, she ends their relationship. At the airport, passengers and crew from Tutti’s flight greet Joe with laughter, having been entertained by Tutti’s photographs and stories of Joe’s childhood. Joe wonders why Tutti did not answer the telephone the previous night, and learns that she did not want him to cancel her visit, as he had for the past five years. As Joe drives Tutti and her dog, Pixie, to his home, they pass a scene where a suicide jumper is perched on a ledge. While Joe runs inside to help, Tutti learns the jumper has problems with his mother, and as Joe steps onto the ledge, she grabs a bullhorn. When Joe yells at his mother to stop talking, the suicidal teenager orders him to be respectful to his mother. As Tutti starts talking about Joe’s childhood and shares pictures with everyone, the teenager admits his own situation is not that bad, and steps back inside the building. Later, when Joe and Tutti arrive at his home, she insists it is not clean enough. She starts cleaning in the middle of the night and discovers Joe’s gun in the laundry basket. Deciding the weapon is filthy, she scrubs it with bleach. When she proudly presents the cleaned weapon to Joe, she discovers she has rendered it useless. After Joe leaves for work, she decides to purchase a new gun as a present for him. However, at the gun store, she is frustrated to learn there is a two-week waiting period. Another customer named Mitchell offers to sell her a weapon immediately. She follows him to his van, where Mitchell and his brother have boxes of illegal guns, and convince her to purchase a machine gun. Nearby, a thug named Paulie telephones his boss, Parnell, with the news that he found the thieves who stole Parnell’s weapons. As Tutti leaves with her purchase, Paulie and his cohort, Munroe, speed to the van. Mitchell’s brother is killed in the ensuing gunfight, and Mitchell drives away, with Paulie and Munroe in pursuit. Joe returns to the police station after lunch, and learns that his mother is a key witness to a murder, and now plans to stay for a month to help with the investigation. Detective Ross is handling the case, but Tutti pretends to be a useless witness and frustrates him. When Ross takes a break, Tutti joins Gwen and insists that Joe loves her but cannot show it. Gwen reveals that she wishes Joe would send her flowers, but he never has. Tutti resolves to help Joe solve the case, certain that he will be promoted, and things will work out for him and Gwen. She gives Joe his “gift,” and reveals the machine gun was purchased from Mitchell. Stunned, Joe asks his partner, Tony, to discreetly trace the weapon. Tutti provides her son with a detailed description of the events, including Mitchell’s license plate. They trace the plate to Mitchell’s home, and Joe orders her to stay in the car. He arrives in time to save Mitchell’s girl friend from Paulie and Munroe. Joe chases the thugs outside, but they escape in their car. Tutti picks up her son, and drives like a maniac in pursuit of Paulie’s vehicle. Unfortunately, she crashes into a trash container and the thugs escape. At the police station, Joe plans to give the gun trace information to Detective Ross. However, when Ross insults both Joe and his mother, Joe drags him into the men’s room and flushes his head in the toilet. Joe and Tutti read the gun trace report and learn it was on a list of weapons that were supposedly destroyed in a fire at Parnell’s warehouse, and Parnell collected a large insurance settlement. Joe visits Parnell’s office and wonders if it was insurance fraud, but Parnell claims to be innocent. As Joe asks for Parnell’s permission to search the burned warehouse, Tutti bursts in to “help.” When Parnell demands to know if Joe or his mother have a warrant, Tutti threatens to spank him, and Parnell agrees to Joe’s search request. However, after Joe and Tutti leave, Parnell orders Paulie and Munroe to kill them. At the warehouse, Joe unsuccessfully tries to make his mother stay in the car. As they search the burned-out warehouse, Paulie and Munroe lock the entrance and attack the building with a wrecking ball. Joe protects his mother, and shoots his way out. In the ensuing gun battle, Paulie escapes and Joe captures Munroe. Later, Joe returns to the squad room, and Gwen kisses him in front of everyone to thank him for the bouquets of roses filling her office. Joe reveals that his mother sent the flowers, and Gwen punches him. At home, he yells at Tutti for interfering and gives her a list of rules to obey if she wants to stay. Tutti is upset, and declares that Joe does not show enough love. He returns to the station and discovers Gwen is working late. Using his mother’s words, Joe reveals that he loves Gwen and wishes he had sent the flowers. They kiss. Meanwhile, Parnell prepares to leave for South America with the insurance money and his weapons. He kills Paulie, making it look like suicide. In the morning, Joe returns home and finds a note that Tutti is returning to Newark and wants his forgiveness for interfering. Joe races to the airport, stops Tutti from leaving, and reveals he has reunited with Gwen. Back home, they discover Mitchell waiting. He thanks Joe for saving his girl friend’s life, and reveals that he stole Parnell’s weapons from a stash at the deserted Brunswick airport. Tutti wants to investigate with her son, but Joe handcuffs her and Mitchell before leaving. Tutti escapes her handcuffs, and borrows Mitchell’s van and gun. At the airport, Joe calls for backup as he observes Parnell’s plane being loaded with weapons. Tutti is caught upon her arrival at the airport, and Parnell takes her onboard as hostage. As the plane taxis for the runway, Joe commandeers a truck and speeds into the plane, destroying part of a wing before the vehicles crash. Joe is captured and Parnell threatens to kill him and Tutti. As sirens sound in the distance, Parnell aims at Joe. Tutti pulls Mitchell’s gun from her purse and Parnell hears the gun cock behind him. He turns toward Tutti, and she shoots him in the shoulder. Joe thanks his mother for saving his life. Later, Tutti admires Gwen’s engagement ring as Joe and Gwen escort her to the airport. Tutti recognizes a fellow traveler as a wanted criminal from a television news report, and Joe arrests him. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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