Armed and Dangerous

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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Released 1986

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Director:
Mark L. Lester
Released:
1986
Rating:
PG-13
Armed and Dangerous is a comedy about two men who are forced to become security guards. When Frank Dooley (John Candy) is fired from the LAPD after being framed for corruption and Norman Kane (Eugene Levy) is disbarred from the legal profession, both are forced to take a job as evening security guards. Little do they realize, however, that their new employer is actually controlled by one of the city's most notorious criminals, Michael Carlino (Robert Loggia). Eventually, Frank and Norman uncover a criminal enterprise being perpetrated by their union's leaders, in which their union dues are being embezzled and funneled to Carlino. With the help of Maggie Cavanaugh (Meg Ryan), the two set out to stop the scheme, but their efforts are thwarted by their union bosses and they are banished to the graveyard shift at a business that houses toxic waste. While there they uncover an even bigger crime, but will they survive their efforts to reveal it?

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  • 25

    Chicago Tribune Dave Kehr

    Armed and Dangerous is an extremely violent, often mean-spirited comedy in which most of the gags depend on the absurdly excessive use of force. Jokes like these are designed to ap...

  • 25

    Miami Herald Bill Cosford

    An object lesson in wasting a talented comedian. The film is so far off base that Candy winds up an action hero, and his co- star, Eugene Levy (who was even weaselier on SCTV) gets...

  • 25

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Hired hand Lester made one of the worst films of the decade, Firestarter, and he's still getting his jollies by incinerating people on the screen. Last time it was supposed to be s...

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