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The Squeeze (1987)

PG-13 | | Action, Comedy, Crime | 10 July 1987 (USA)
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A mysterious black box spells danger to a con man and female detective.

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Roger Young

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Daniel Taplitz
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ric Abernathy Ric Abernathy ... Bouncer
Danny Aiello III ... Ralph Vigo
Bobby Bass ... Poker Player
Leslie Bevis ... Gem Vigo
Jophery C. Brown ... Poker Player (as Jophrey Brown)
Rae Dawn Chong ... Rachel Dobs
Lou Criscuolo Lou Criscuolo ... Kurt (as Lou Criscoulo)
John Davidson ... Honest Tom T. Murray
Ray Gabriel Ray Gabriel ... Security Guard
George Gerdes ... Joe
Ronald Guttman ... Rigaud
Paul Herman ... Freddy
Richard E. Huhn Richard E. Huhn ... Police Clerk
John Dennis Johnston ... Nick
Jeffrey Josephson Jeffrey Josephson ... Al
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His ex-wife asks the unsuccessful gambler and inventor Harrison for a small favor: to get her a parcel from a friend's apartment - without telling him what's in it. Suddenly he finds himself assaulted by villains and shortly after even under suspect of murder. The inexperienced P.I. Rachel is hired by an unknown party to rid him of the parcel - but soon befriends him. Together they try to figure out what kind of game is being played. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Just a few weeks ago, nobody cared if he was alive. Now everybody wants him dead. For Harry Berg, that's progress. See more »


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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 July 1987 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Hoboken, New Jersey, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$19,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$2,228,951
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TriStar Pictures See more »
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Mono | Stereo (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The budget had ballooned from twelve million dollars to over twenty-two million dollars when the production was finally finished. The song whistled by Michael Keaton at the end of the film is the theme song from the television series Bonanza (1959). See more »

Goofs

Rachel and Harry are locked in a bathroom trying to escape from Titus. The place is illuminated very brightly but when the two run away through a window in the next shot no lights appear in the place, it's all dark. See more »

Quotes

[repeated line]
Harry Berg: Did my eye twitch?
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Alternate Versions

UK video versions are cut by 6 seconds. The theatrical release was uncut. See more »

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References Running Scared (1986) See more »

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BOY TOY
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No ground-breaker here, but a lost little jewel from the 80s.
30 June 2017 | by womper-90921See all my reviews

Pulling off the crime drama/rom-com/suspense mix is no easy task. This one, if given a chance, is not nearly as bad as the citation its often been given. The Squeeze was prototypical of others of its time, starting with the "every guy" who suddenly gets caught in the middle of corruption and intrigue, then spends 90+ minutes doing his best to stay one step ahead of, well, death. It would be very easy to find a lot of things to critique about "Squeeze," as previous reviews have stated. But it also has a lot going for it.

Michael Keaton was a hot ticket at the time, and the character was a good fit for his on-screen strengths. Harry has that somewhat cocky exterior that thinly veils a very insecure, questioning inner self, often masked by not taking himself too seriously. Its been said Jenny Wright was originally to play Rachel, and no offense to her, but after seeing this its hard to imagine a better fit for the role than Rae Dawn. She quite naturally pulls off what too many female lead characters try more forcefully, yet less successfully, to do now; she's a great combination of adorable and feisty, fun-loving, yet tough. Sure, you check your brains at the door, knowing that in reality the leads should have been dead 10 times over. But what this film most has going for it is {1} decent, believable charisma between Keaton and Chong, and {2} genuinely likable lead characters -- two things so often missing from today's movies. It has charm. It has a bit of a dark side without being overly profane or violent, so as to not take away from that charm. As a result, it keeps you interested.

This was a favorite from 3 decades ago I had forgotten about, until I stumbled upon it on late night telly recently. I'm glad I did. If you're feeling nostalgic for films that had these aforementioned elements mostly missing today, and can track this one down, I think you will be too.


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