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Armed and Dangerous

The movie poster for Armed and Dangerous
Directed by Mark L. Lester
Produced by Brian Grazer
James Keach
Written by Brian Grazer
James Keach
Harold Ramis
Starring John Candy
Eugene Levy
Robert Loggia
Kenneth McMillan
Meg Ryan
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date(s) August 15, 1986
Running time 88 mins.
Country  United States
Language English

Armed and Dangerous (1986) is a movie starring John Candy as Frank Dooley, Eugene Levy as Norman Kane, Robert Loggia as Michael Carlino and Meg Ryan as Maggie Cavanaugh. The plot involves Dooley, a police officer and Kane, a criminal defense attorney, recently drummed out of their respective professions. Frank Dooley loses his job as a police officer after he catches two corrupt officers stealing television sets. He refuses to join in with them, so they overpower him and fabricate a story which gets Dooley fired. Kane seeks new employment after unsuccessfully defending a Charles Manson-like character, inspiring the presiding judge to pronounce him the worst lawyer he has ever seen after lamely claiming that his obviously insane client "didn't mean" to commit his various crimes.

The film's premise involves the pair uncovering a scheme formulated by the security guard union's leaders (who collect $15 from each worker's weekly paycheck) to embezzle the money for their own personal gain. The pair are assigned to guard a toxic waste site as punishment after clashing with the union leaders, who refuse to answer questions about the status of the pension's fund.

The main source of the film's comedy comes from the interactions between Dooley and Kane, and the various mishaps and close-calls that befall the pair on their journey. Kane and Cavanaugh also develop a mutual romantic interest.

The film was released in the United States on August 15 of 1986, and is set in Los Angeles, California during the 1980s.

Tagline: Undercover. Overdressed. And keeping you safe from the scum of the earth.

Quote on Promotional Posters: A comedy about security guards with the safety off

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