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Loose Cannons (1990)

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An unconventional cop who doesn't take any bull, is paired up with an amazing detective to capture some powerful criminals but the cop soon realizes that his by the book partner has split personality disorder.

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Bob Clark
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dan Aykroyd ... Ellis Fielding
Gene Hackman ... MacArthur Stern
Dom DeLuise ... Harry Gutterman
Ronny Cox ... Smiley
Nancy Travis ... Riva
Robert Prosky ... Von Metz
Paul Koslo ... Grimmer
Dick O'Neill ... Captain
Jan Tríska ... Steckler
Leon Rippy ... Weskit
Robert Irvin Elliott Robert Irvin Elliott ... Monseigneur (as Robert Elliott)
Herb Armstrong ... Cheshire Cat
Robert Dickman ... White Rabbit
David Alan Grier ... Drummond
S. Epatha Merkerson ... Rachel
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Storyline

Mac, the two fisted savy cop finds that he's being saddled with a new partner, a known burn out, to work with him on a new and difficult case. The new partner is, Ellis, an amazing detective, one who puts Sherlock Holmes to shame with his lightning fast deductions. Ellis has a couple of problems. He keeps assuming the personalities of entire casts of Television shows. This can be a problem when people begin shooting at them. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Gene Hackman is a cop who's lost his paitence. Dan Aykroyd is his partner who's lost his mind. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 February 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Von Metz Incident See more »

Filming Locations:

Wilmington, North Carolina, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,239,830, 11 February 1990, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$5,585,154
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Company Credits

Production Co:

TriStar Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The working title of the film was "The Von Metz Incident". See more »

Goofs

Towards the end of the movie, at Grand Central Station, when Ellis shoots Grimmer, Grimmer is facing Ellis, and falls backwards through the glass. When the scene changes views to the terminal, Grimmer falls forward through the glass. See more »

Quotes

Mac: Mr. Gutterman come out of recovery yet?
Nurse: Mr. Gutterman? Oh, you mean the whale from hell?
Harry 'The Hippo' Gutterman: Nurse!
Nurse: Right on cue. Room 116. Help yourself.
Harry 'The Hippo' Gutterman: Help!
Mac: Aren't you going to go in and see what's wrong with him?
Nurse: I'd rather set my head on fire and have it put out with a sledgehammer.
Harry 'The Hippo' Gutterman: Nurse!
Mac: I'd like to see that actually.
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Connections

Spoofs The Love Boat (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

Pleasure and Love
Performed by Peter Aykroyd
Written and Produced by Peter Aykroyd
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Just Laugh At All The Offensive Insanity
18 July 2005 | by Sturgeon54See all my reviews

I consider this film a guilty pleasure. Yes, it's terrible, and my inner film critic tells me I should absolutely hate it, but hey, it's like one of those comedians such as George Carlin whose sole purposes are to offend and make you laugh. This movie did both for me. I absolutely hate stupid comedies without a brain, but actually, there seem to have been some brains behind this film. The prolific science fiction screenwriter and short story author Richard Matheson - one of my favorites - worked on the script with his author son, so there was obviously more behind this than all the other absolutely awful mainstream "comedies" of the '80s. I think I know what they were getting at - they had a bunch of really wild, unrelated ideas, and decided to put them all into one movie. What other movie can you think of with Neo-Nazis, a cop-buddy formula, Colombian drug dealer torture, Isreali agents, a long-lost porno film starring Adolf Hitler, S&M, and multiple-personality disorder all in one movie, and a comedy at that?! I give them credit for the balls they had in putting all that stuff together. Heck, they were probably making things up as they went along. A lot of it is actually quite funny. Also, believe it or not, director Bob Clark has a very good eye for detail. This is a movie all the critics were destined to love to hate, considering the pedigree of the cast, producer Aaron Spelling (The Love Boat, Charlie's Angels) and director Bob Clark ("A Christmas Story", "Porkies", and "Turk 182"). But if you approach this in the right mindset - as a trashy drive-in-type movie with a bigger budget that's both intentionally and unintentionally funny - you may enjoy it.


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