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Loose Cannons (1990)



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Loose Cannons may be a wacky buddy-cop comedy, but it starts with a chilling premise. It seems that a film is discovered that depicts the final moments of Adolf Hitler's life. The climax features young German officer Von Metz, who is seen putting Hitler to death. Von Metz (Robert Prosky) is now running for chancellor of West Germany. If this film gets out, his political career is finished, so Von Metz has arranged for the murder of anyone who has seen the film. The killings have taken place in the Washington area and Mac (Gene Hackman) and Ellis (Dan Aykroyd) are sent to investigate the crimes. Mac is a middle-aged veteran of the force, a professional who gets things done. But Ellis is a different ball of wax. Suffering from a multiple personality disorder, he has spent two years in a Benedictine monastery to recover from his problems. But he is far from cured -- as Mac discovers, whenever Ellis is confronted by violence, he blacks out and begins to assume the characters of popular culture icons like Popeye, Captain Kirk, and the Road Runner.

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Gene Hackman
as MacArthur Stern
Dan Aykroyd
as Ellis Fielding
Dom DeLuise
as Harry Gutterman
Ronny Cox
as Smiley
Robert Prosky
as Curt Von Metz
Paul Koslo
as Grimmer
Dick O'Neill
as Capt. Doggett
Jan Triska
as Steckler
Leon Rippy
as Weskit
Robert Elliott
as Monseigneur
Herb Armstrong
as Cheshire Cat
Robert Dickman
as White Rabbit
Kay Joyner
as Stan's Wife
Alex Hyde-White
as Moderator
Tobin Bell
as Gerber
Thomas Kopache
as TV Station Man
Susan Peretz
as Lady Tenant
Al Mancini
as Man Tenant
Debbee Hinchcliffe
as Oaf's Sweetie
Jay Ingram
as Patrolman
Arthur French
as Bus Driver
Clem Moorman
as Train Driver
Brad Greenquist
as Embassy Officer
Ira Lewis
as Hitler
Margaret Klenck
as Eva Braun
John Bolger
as Young Von Metz
Robert Pentz
as Guy at Bar
Dean Mumford
as Guy in Baths
Adrienne Hampton
as Security Guard
Dutch Miller
as Jacuzzi Guy
Gregory Goossen
as Marsh Policeman
Chris S. MacGregor
as Military Policeman
Ralph Redpath
as Train Engineer
Jennifer Roach
as Little Girl
Gary Tacon
as Israeli Agent
Billy Anagnos
as Israeli Agent
Danny Aiello III
as Grimmer's Man
Gene Lebell
as Grimmer's Man
George P. Wilbur
as Grimmer's Man
Erik Cord
as Grimmer's Man
Philip Shafran
as Little Boy
Greg Goossen
as Marsh Policeman
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Critic Reviews for Loose Cannons

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (7)

Dan Aykroyd's dexterous multipersonality schtick is the only redeeming feature of this chase-heavy comedy.

December 10, 2007 | Full Review…

A reeking stinker of a comedy.

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Mr. Hackman and Mr. Aykroyd deserve much better. They really do. Each gives a thoroughly professional performance that is consistently undercut by the direction of Mr. Clark.

May 20, 2003 | Rating: 1/5

Hackman mostly just stands around watching Aykroyd run through his exertions with the look of a man who has something unspeakable on the sole of his shoe.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

To put it bluntly, Loose Cannons is garbage.

December 10, 2007 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

Fires nothing but blanks

March 31, 2005 | Rating: 2/5

Audience Reviews for Loose Cannons

Looking for an interesting combination in casting? well look no further, Dan Aykroyd, Gene Hackman and Dom Deluise head this cop buddy flick. This film followed on from the popularity of the 'Lethal Weapon' franchise as did many others of the era and they are all pretty much the same. The unique carrot on a stick here is the casting really. It certainly is an interesting choice, 80's motor mouthed quirky comedy legend Aykroyd, hard assed no nonsense Hackman and farcical spoof maestro Deluise (of the Mel Brooks/Gene Wilder spoof pack) all thrown together. This is the films downfall basically, the three leads are totally incompatible and never gel. The film is your usual regular mismatched cop duo comedy/thriller with all the regular mismatched cop duo moments and sequences you would expect. Action is slow (with Deluise it has to be) and uninspiring and the attempted funny moments are just poor. Aykroyd is suppose to have a multiple personality disorder which you would think could be comedy gold...it isn't, its embarrassing to watch. Pretty much a complete failure on all aspects, Hackman just doesn't fit into this kind of lunacy and it shows. Tries to be along the same lines as 'See No Evil, Hear No Evil' with Wilder and Pryor but doesn't come close.

Phil Hubbs
Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

Could be funniest, could be more good writing, could be fresh... but isn't.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer


Only a few funny scenes provided by Dan Aykroyd, including one in which he imitates the Road Runner, save this uneven cop comedy.

Dean McKenna
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

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