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Someone to Watch Over Me (1987)

A married New York cop falls for the socialite murder witness he's been assigned to protect.

Director:

Ridley Scott

Writer:

Howard Franklin
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Berenger ... Mike Keegan
Mimi Rogers ... Claire Gregory
Lorraine Bracco ... Ellie Keegan
Jerry Orbach ... Lt. Garber
John Rubinstein ... Neil Steinhart
Andreas Katsulas ... Joey Venza
Tony DiBenedetto Tony DiBenedetto ... T.J. (as Tony Di Benedetto)
James E. Moriarty James E. Moriarty ... Koontz (as James Moriarty)
Mark Moses ... Win Hockings
Daniel Hugh Kelly ... Scotty
Harley Cross ... Tommy
Joanne Baron ... Helen Greening
Anthony Bishop Anthony Bishop ... Waiter
David Berman David Berman ... Cop #1
Sharon K. Brecke Sharon K. Brecke ... Bimbo (as Sharon Brecke)
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Storyline

In Queens, Mike Keegan is celebrating with his wife Ellie, his son Tommy and friends his recent promotion to detective in a precinct in Manhattan. Meanwhile, in a fancy club, the socialite Claire Gregory witnesses the murder of the owner of the place by the powerful mobster Joey Venza. Mike is assigned to protect her in the night shift in her apartment in Manhattan. When Venza threatens Claire, the contact of Mike with Claire gets closer and conflicts him, dividing between the love for his family and the heat passion for Claire and the fascination for her world. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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A classic thriller with a twist of romance. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 October 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Detektiv i dama See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,908,796, 12 October 1987, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$10,278,549
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

For the part of Claire, director Ridley Scott made it a priority to cast a sympathetic contemporary woman. Scott said: "I found Mimi Rogers in the best possible way, by looking at a lot of people, and then seeing her three times to be absolutely sure. I didn't want the character to be unreachable or so separated from reality because she lives in a $3 million apartment in New York. That in itself can be thought of as being pretty unsympathetic. It's a very delicate role to play. The character has everything. Yet she has to show vulnerability and at the same time demonstrate sensibility and normalcy within her rarefied environment. I found that in Mimi". See more »

Goofs

The newspaper which Mike is carrying on his way to his first shift guarding Claire has the word "SUPERMEN!" on the back page. He is carrying an identical newspaper three or four days later. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Det. Mike Keegan: Hey! We got food back there, you know; all right? Hey, thanks for comin' - good to see ya. Come on in, get a drink. T.J...
T.J.: Yeah?
Det. Mike Keegan: Set 'em up with a drink.
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Soundtracks

Cry
Written by Churchill Kahlman
Performed by Johnnie Ray
Courtesy of CBS Records
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A Sentimental Favorite
5 October 2003 | by WriterDaveSee all my reviews

I saw this movie when I was younger and for some reason it always stuck with me. I'll always remember the music (the title song as well as the classical pieces used throughout), the vestibule of Mimi Roger's apartment palace, the scene of Tom Berenger having breakfast with his family, Lorraine Bracco's fiery performance as his wife, and the haunting opening aerial shots of NYC lit up at night. I watched it again for the first time in probably nine or ten years and it was like visiting with an old friend or curling up with a good book you had read before. You knew the story, but it was all fascinatingly interesting. The plot here is pretty basic: working class cop has to babysit upper class babe who witnesses heinous murder. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out how it all ends, but director Ridley Scott somehow manages to keep it compelling thanks to some great direction and wonderful performances from the cast. Somewhere I saw this billed as an erotic thriller, which is way off base. Scott keeps everything here extremely classy. It's more of a romantic thriller and throwback to the noir films of the 1940's. This may not be the best film you'll ever see, but it's one of the better thrillers of the 1980's, and a worthy testament to Ridley Scott's versatility as a director. It's also nice to see Jerry Orbach in a supporting role that probably paved the way for his part in the never ending "Law and Order" TV series.


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