Synopsis: The film opens with a daring escape of a convict imprisoned for killing an FBI agent, then moves on to two Seattle detectives chasing a suspect who gets away, destroying a forklift in the process, these two detectives are reassigned to a stakeout, watching the girlfriend of the escaped federal prisoner. One falls in love with her, the escaped convict eventually catches up to her, with them actually, and in the midst of their getaway, the escaped convict learns that his woman's man is a cop, but the two detectives kill him, saving the day.
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime
Director(s): John Badham
Production: Touchstone Pictures
  2 wins.
Rotten Tomatoes:
117 min


- A little late.|- Yeah, tell me about it.

I'm all out of spares.|Should have been home hours ago.

That's got it.

Thanks.|See you in a half hour.

Open up.

Get me out of this trap!

Hey, Louie!

- Give my regards to Broadway.|- What'd I tell you about screwing around with my books?

I didn't touch your fag rags,|you understand?

Who the hell else touched them then?|There's only you and me in here.

- Piss off!|- Hey, man, don't f***in' tell me to piss off.

I just did, a**hole.

Come on.|Come on, big cowboy.

- We got a problem in 17. Better get down there.|- Hey, Billy. Billy, get him good.

- Come on!|- Get ya down there!

- Kick the sh*t out of him!|- Hey! Hey! Hey!

Hey! Hey!|What's going on in there?

Kill the mother!

Do it!


Oh, God!

Get off!

Die, you f***er!|You son of a b*tch!

I'm coming after you!|I'll kill you! I'll kill you!

You goddam scum!|I'll kill you!


Will you take it easy?

Put him up here.


F*** you.

Don't move.

Doc, keep your shoes|in one place, man.

F*** you too.

Come on.|Get on the table.

Hey. Hey!|Stick, we gotta go!

I want to ask you a question.|Do you think it's humane...

to pump perfectly sane prisoners|full of filoxin and thorazine?

Come on, man.|Let's get out of here.

All right,|we got three minutes.

Let go.|Let go, man.

Get in the box.|Get in the box!

- Okay. See you next week.|- Right.

- Good night.|- Good night. Thanks.

Are we out?

- We out?|- Yeah.


- Who's this?|- Uh, that's, uh, Maria McGuire.

She came a couple of times|to visit Montgomery.

2221 Speck Road, Seattle.|Is that address current?

I hope so.|That's all we got.

May I, uh-|Thank you.

Hey, you want these eggs hot? You want me|freeze them? Come on. Pick them up. Thank you.

- See the game last night?|- No, no. I missed it.

Whoa. Don't get your hands|too close to his mouth.

Anything else?

- Yeah, I'd like another cup of coffee, please.|- Okay.

- And I'd like a side order of sausage.|- You bet.

- How long has he been in there?|- About ten minutes.

- That is disgusting.|- Really?

My God. Do you eat like that|in front of your mother?

- It's an old family custom.|- Well, I'll tell ya, it's not healthy.

You gotta take your time. Do you have any|idea what that does to your digestive system?

No, but I'm afraid|you're gonna tell me.

You've got to savour|the qualities of the cuisine.

First the smell-|Oh, for Christ's sake-

There he is. Come on. Let's go.|Pay the cheque.

Come on. Let's get the forklift up here.|Come on. Let's go.

There he is.

All right, he's not here.|You check upstairs. I'll take the docks.

Oh, no, no. I picked up the cheque.|You take the fish.

Oh, sh*t.

You're under arrest!|You have the right to remain silent.

Oh, sh*t!

Oh, sh*t!



Stop! Police!


Pardon me. Excuse me.|Sorry. My fault.

Sorry. Oh, God.

What do you think you're doin'?

- Hey!|- Freeze!

Lace your fingers above your head|and turn around towards me real slow.

Now you're under arrest.

Get back!


Oh, God, I hate this part.

I'm on fire


- Took you long enough.|- It's my one desire

- Desire to win|- Free air, man. Free air.

- I'm gonna say it again, say it again -|You don't know what this means. - It's my one

- You have no idea. -|Yeah. Let's move. - Desire

Hi, Bernie.|I'd like some prints.

And there's some blood on the blade. I'd|like to have it typed. Thank you very much.

What is that smell?|Chris?

Oh, oh, oh, oh, looks like somebody's|been in a fight,Jack.

What? Nobody in cuffs here?|That must mean something.

No, wait a minute, wait a minute, wait|a minute. I think that means that, uh...

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Jim Kouf

Jim Kouf (born July 24, 1951) is an American screenwriter, director, and producer. He received the 1988 Edgar Award for Best Motion Picture Screenplay for his work on Stakeout (1987). more…

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