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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.

Director:

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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Crime | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Trivia

The finale where Cohen rams a roadblock is actually the off-ramp from Interstate 45 to McKinney Street. The building in the foreground is the Houston City Hall Annex, located at 900 Bagby. See more »

Goofs

At 1:01:33, during the nighttime foot-chase & escape on the busy freeway, film crew/safety personnel are seen crouching next to the jersey barrier, on an un-watered lane, alongside fire extinguishing equipment. See more »

Quotes

[Last lines]
Cohen: How old are you, kid?
Travis Knight: Nine.
Cohen: Nine. Hm. How about that.
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Alternate Versions

Some versions of the film feature an opening crawl after the opening credits that offers some exposition before the first scene begins. It reads: "On November 1st, 1988, Travis Knight witnessed the murder of a Texas mobster. The FBI has his family in protective custody. The mob wants to talk to Travis and find out for themselves who did the shooting. They want to talk to him right now. Travis Knight is 9 years old." This crawl is missing from some television airings, as well as the recent on-demand DVD released by MGM. In its place are several (somewhat awkward) seconds of black screen where it would usually be before the first scene begins. See more »

Connections

Featured in A Look Back at 'Cohen & Tate' (2013) See more »

User Reviews

 
A black comedy of conflict between two hit men and a boy.
30 April 2006 | by davidddtSee all my reviews

I cannot understand why this movie has not been given better reviews. One of those films which surprises you with its originality and which having seen it you cannot understand why it has not been given more screen time.

Brilliant professional acting between Baldwin and Scheider keeps you guessing till the end as to who is going to win the battle of wills between the two men and the boy. A terrific black comedy of errors which makes you feel almost sorry for the two hit men. It would be a mistake not to watch this movie simply because you have read the bad reviews of it on this site.

It deserves to be released worldwide on DVD.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 January 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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