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Loose Cannons (1990)

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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Smiley
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Von Metz
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Grimmer
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Steckler
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Weskit
Robert Irvin Elliott ...
Monseigneur (as Robert Elliott)
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Cheshire Cat
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White Rabbit
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Drummond
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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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A comedy with personality... Lots of them! See more »


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9 February 1990 (USA)  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$2,239,830 (USA) (11 February 1990)

Gross:

$5,585,154 (USA)
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2.35 : 1
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In May 2013, an employee at the Calgary, Alberta landfill discovered some film negative in the mounds of trash. He looked closer, and found images of a man kneeling over a gruesome murder victim. Thinking it could be evidence of a crime, he submitted the negatives to the Calgary Police Services. After a short investigation, they recognized Dan Aykroyd, and contacted his agent for information, finally concluding that it was simply a discarded negative of Loose Cannons. The investigation was immediately closed, and everyone had a good laugh. Aykroyd jokingly told TMZ: "The movie should have been left in the landfill where it belongs." See more »

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When Grimmer is shot, he begins to turn as he reaches the stained glass, so he WOULD fall forward through the glass. See more »

Quotes

Mac: [Closing scene, at the hospital] I know you were looking forward to being partners, and so was I really. Riva recruited Harry and I to be secret agents with the Israeli government. You know, the Mossad.
Ellis Fielding: Yeah.
Mac: Naturally, I have to convert to Judaism. I'm gonna be bar mitzvahed tomorrow. We leave for Tel Aviv the next day to train at a secret site in the Sinai Desert.
Ellis Fielding: Really?
Mac: Yeah. The only thing I'm worried about is, I have to be circumcised.
Ellis Fielding: Circumcised? You're kidding.
Mac: Yeah.
Ellis Fielding: [...]
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Burnin' Up Over You
Performed by Yvonne Murray
Written and Produced by Paul Zaza and Yvonne Murray
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I absolutely liked it
27 November 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It was funny and witty and Gene Hackman and Dan Akyroyd are balls of laughter in the film. I'm a fan of buddy cop films, I always look forward to a buddy cop film, from 48 hours to lethal weapon and the dirty harry series; the buddy cop films are a blast.

Dom Deluise is hilarious, a Mel Brooks regular putting in that usual fat charm that made him funny in the first place to good use in this typical but funny caper.

The story is as clichéd as what you see in an 80's/90's cop film; A murder was committed and two cops with different personalities learn to cope with their differences to break the case and shoot-up bad guys. Now I can't say its original but I like the shoot em ups and this was a good shoot em up film. The car chases were inventive and the scene of the train being hijacked from men on helicopters was a well directed action scene. It focused on the humor but didn't ignore the action. The acting was good, Hackman is always great to watch on screen and Dan is a good partner combination.


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