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Cohen and Tate (1988)

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When a little boy witnesses a mob hit, he is kidnapped by two professional assassins who are not what they seem.

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Eric Red

Writer:

Eric Red
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Roy Scheider ... Cohen
Adam Baldwin ... Tate
Harley Cross ... Travis Knight
Cooper Huckabee ... Jeff Knight
Suzanne Savoy ... Martha Knight
Marco Perella ... FBI George
Tom Campitelli ... FBI Fred
Andy Gill ... FBI Roy (as Andrew R. Gill)
Frank Bates Frank Bates ... Highway Patrolman
James Jeter James Jeter ... Trooper #1
Jeff Bennett Jeff Bennett ... Trooper #2
Ron Jackson ... Trooper #3
Ted Baader Ted Baader ... Trooper #4
Kenneth McCabe Kenneth McCabe ... Gas Station Attendant
Ina B. Bott Ina B. Bott ... Fat Woman
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Storyline

A boy kidnapped by two mismatched hitmen puts them at each other's throats while being driven to their employers, possibly to be killed. Cohen, an older professional becomes increasingly irritated with his partner Tate, a brutish killer, when their prisoner uses unnatural guile and resourcefulness to play them off against each other. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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They were hired killers going up against the deadliest force of all. Each other.

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Crime | Thriller

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 January 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cohen & Tate See more »

Filming Locations:

Houston, Texas, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$45,586, 29 January 1989

Gross USA:

$64,227

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$64,227
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Directorial debut of Eric Red. See more »

Goofs

During the nighttime driving scenes, many round white glares from freeway lights are visible through the side windows of Cohen and Tate's car. However, even though the vehicle is traveling at freeway speeds, these lights barely move. See more »

Quotes

Tate: I'm warning you. I should've paint the seat with your brains, boy.
Travis Knight: Pussy!
Cohen: Goddammit! Stop it! Stop it! Stop!
Tate: [Tate starts crying] Fuck you... You don't know what it's like man... You don't know what it's like.
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The film was cut by MPAA to avoid an X rating, the killing of Travis family was originally longer and so was the showdown, with blood explosions in close-up. See more »

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Nine. Hmm. How about that.
1 June 2013 | by SpikeopathSee all my reviews

Cohen & Tate is directed by Eric Red who also adapts the screenplay from the short story "The Ransom of Red Chief" written by O. Henry. It stars Roy Scheider, Adam Baldwin, Harley cross, Suzanne Savoy and Marco Perella. Music is by Bill Conti and cinematography by Victor J. Kemper.

Two professional hit men known as Cohen (Scheider) and Tate (Baldwin) kidnap 9 year old Travis Knight (Cross) from the Witness Protection Program and set off to deliver him to mob bosses in Houston. But with the wise old Cohen the polar opposite of the younger and psychotic Tate, young Travis senses an opportunity to turn the pair of them against each other to maybe manufacture his escape?

After a quite brutal opening, Cohen and Tate settles into a road movie where 90% of the action is based in a car populated by only three characters. The premise is simple, an increasingly psychotic Tate (Baldwin overacting to within an inch of his life) wants to kill the annoying kid in the back seat. Cohen (a graceful and film saving Scheider) is not having that, he may be a hit-man but he still has codes and orders to adhere to. Travis the kid (Cross is whiny and poor) chips away at each man's psyche, causing a fractured atmosphere that ensures we are never quite sure how it will end up. In fact the finale is actually a doozy.

That Cohen & Tate is no forgotten masterpiece is down to uneven direction, poor acting away from Scheider and an all round preposterous feeling to it all. Credibility and logic is stretched to breaking point, often, while the dialogue doesn't sit right with the characters on show. Frustrating really because in spite of its problems it's a very watchable picture that has a strong premise at its core, and Scheider is definitely a reason to take a punt on a viewing. Even if he, and us, deserve a better movie as a whole. 7/10


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