ARMED AND DANGEROUS (Movie)

8/15/1986. Friday. 85 minutes. Rated PG-13.
Columbia.
Comedy.
Code: AAD 8/1986

PLOT

An ex-cop and a former lawyer uncover criminal activities at a private security company.

CREDITS

Writers: Harold Ramis, Peter Torokvei.
Director: Mark L. Lester.

CAST

John Candy as Frank Dooley
Eugene Levy as Norman Kane
Robert Loggia as Michael Carlino
Kenneth McMillan as Clarence O’Connell
Meg Ryan as Maggie Cavanaugh
Brion James as Anthony Lazarus
Jonathan Banks as Clyde Klepper, union representative. Listed 7th of 52.
Don Stroud as Sgt. Rizzo
Larry Hankin as Kokolovitch

BAD GUY

Klepper gives Kane a very menacing look at end of union meeting. He orders the murders of Dooley and Kane, and shoots at them over the car door. There’s lots of heavy breathing and a mouth wipe at end of first car chase, and lots of yelling in second car chase. He gets a sock to the jaw by Kane at end of film.

CHARACTER

Quiet menace, many scenes with no lines. Klepper has difficulty with questions from Kane in the first scene; he is unused to being questioned and treats it as a threat.

COMMENTS

High number of wrecked and burned vehicles for a comedy.

COSTUME

He looks great in black tie in one scene.

CRITICS

"Don't fight it, flee it... This is a movie that couldn’t possibly be good. … It’s a kind of whoopie-cushion nightmare..." Michael Wilmington, Los Angeles Times, 8/15/1986, sec.VI, p.17.

"Funny bits don't add up to much." Variety, 8/20/1986.

LINES

"This is a union shop. You wanna work -- you join."

"We're going for a kind of terrorist look here, so smoke the drivers. No witnesses."

"Run 'em down."

LOCATION

Lots of very familiar Los Angeles locations.

SCREEN TIME

4 minutes in 6 scenes, throughout film.