Stakeout Information

Stakeout is a 1987 film directed by John Badham and starring Richard Dreyfuss, Emilio Estevez, Madeleine Stowe, Aidan Quinn, and Forest Whitaker. Although the story is set in Seattle, Washington, the movie was filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia.

The screenplay was written by Jim Kouf, who won a 1988 Edgar Award for his work.

A sequel, Another Stakeout, followed in 1993.


Detectives Chris Lecce (Richard Dreyfuss) and Bill Reimers (Emilio Estevez) are assigned to the night shift on a stakeout of Latina waitress Maria Maguire (Madeleine Stowe). Maria's former boyfriend Richard "Stick" Montgomery (Aidan Quinn) has escaped from a prison following a brawl with several guards.

Montgomery telephones Maria. He has a large amount of money that he secretly hid in an armchair prior to his incarceration. Lecce and Reimers spy on Maria, hoping that Montgomery will turn up at her door so they can arrest him.

Fate takes a turn for the worse as Lecce falls in love with Maria and the Seattle police suspect him as one of Montgomery's allies. The climax of the film takes place at a paper mill, where Lecce and Montgomery have a shootout, resulting in Montgomery being shot in the chest. Maria and Lecce begin to have a relationship.



Stakeout earned mostly positive reception from critics, currently holding an 83% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 18 reviews. It was however panned by the British Minister Alan Clark, who described it in his diaries as " rubbish. By spastics for spastics. The Stakeout [sic], a particular - always embarrassing - Hollywood genre, the 'comedy thriller'. A Private Eye parody could not have been more ludicrous or more trite."

Box office

The film debuted at No. 1 at the box office. It went on to gross $65.6 million domestically, ranking as the 8th highest grossing film of the year.

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