Someone to Watch Over Me

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  • R
  • 1987
  • 1 hr 47 min
  • 6.1  (11,092)
  • 55

In the 1987 thriller Someone to Watch Over Me, wealthy socialite Claire Gregory (Mimi Rogers) wakes up one night to find an intruder in her Manhattan apartment. She screams for help, and the intruder flees, but not before her husband, Greg (John Rubinstein), gets a look at him. The case is assigned to Detective Mike Keegan (Tom Berenger), a working-class Irish-American cop from Queens who is climbing the ranks of the NYPD.

As Keegan investigates the break-in, he finds himself drawn to Claire, who is unhappy in her marriage and intrigued by this blue-collar detective. Keegan is already dealing with his own complicated personal life- his wife (Lorraine Bracco) is pregnant, but they've grown apart and he's struggling to connect with her.

As the investigation into the break-in continues, Keegan and Claire become closer, despite the fact that it's clear they come from two very different worlds. Meanwhile, the intruder begins to terrorize Claire, leaving threatening messages and escalating the stakes.

Someone to Watch Over Me is a stylish and atmospheric thriller, with director Ridley Scott (Alien, Blade Runner) creating a moody, neon-lit vision of New York City at night. The film plays with the genre conventions of the detective story- the hardboiled cop and the femme fatale- but also brings in elements of romantic drama, as Keegan and Claire's connection deepens.

The actors are all solid, with Berenger giving a strong performance as the conflicted detective torn between his loyalty to his wife and his growing feelings for Claire. Rogers, who was a rising star at the time, is alluring and enigmatic as the woman at the center of the mystery. Bracco, who would go on to major roles in Goodfellas and The Sopranos, is understated but effective as Keegan's wife.

But the real star of Someone to Watch Over Me is Scott's direction. He expertly creates an atmosphere of tension and menace, using the pulsing soundtrack (featuring the title song by Sting) and the neon-drenched cityscape to build a feeling of oppressive, nocturnal dread. The film is full of beautiful compositions and memorable shots, such as a stunning tracking shot that follows Keegan through a crowded club as he pursues a lead.

Overall, Someone to Watch Over Me is a stylish and engaging thriller that deserves to be better known. It's an atmospheric slice of 80s cinema that combines elements of romance, suspense, and police procedural into a heady mix.

Someone to Watch Over Me is a 1987 crime movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 47 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.1 and a MetaScore of 55.

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    6.1  (11,092)
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