The original Stake Out
movie (action-comedy), starring Richard Dreyfuss as
Detective Chris Lecce and
Emilio Estevez as Detective Bill Reimers, was released in 1987.
It did well enough to warrant a sequel,
and Another Stakeout, again starring Dreyfuss and
released in 1993. The original flick met with
mostly positive reviews from critics, and went on to be
the 8th highest grossing film of 1987. The sequel
did not fair nearly as well, not only receiving negative
reviews, but also flopping at the box office.
In the original, detectives Lecce and
Reimers are teamed up together on a stakeout of Maria
Maguire (played by Madeleine Stowe), whose boyfriend has
escaped from prison. The hope is that her
boyfriend will show up at her house, where he stashed a
bunch of cash before he was sent to jail. During
the stakeout, Lecce pretends to be a telephone repair
man, and in the process begins to fall for Maguire.
Lecce's emotions get
the best of him, and the police force think he is in
cahoots with Maria's old boyfriend. In the end,
Lecce tells Maria who he is, and her ex-boyfriend ends
up in the picture in an attempt to kill the both of
them, including Reimers, and retrieve the $500k he
stashed at Maria's home. In the end, the bad guy
dies in a shoot out, and the Lecce and Maria start their
future life together.