His ex-wife asks the unsuccessful gambler and inventor Harrison for a small favor: to get her a parcel from a friend’s apartment – without telling him what’s in it. Suddenly he finds himself assaulted by villains and shortly after even under suspect of murder. The inexperienced P.I. Rachel is hired by an unknown party to rid him of the parcel – but soon befriends him. Together they try to figure out what kind of game is being played.
The Squeeze is a 1987 American comedy film directed by Roger Young and stars Michael Keaton, Rae Dawn Chong, Ric Abernathy, Bobby Bass, Danny Aiello, Leslie Bevis, Ray Gabriel, George Gerdes, John Dennis Johnston and Liane Langland.
Originally produced as Skip Tracer, this film changed its title to Squeeze Play before settling for The Squeeze. The working title refers to someone who tracks down delinquent bill payers. When released in theaters, The Squeeze made only $2.2 million at the U.S. box office. It is most notable for an accident that took place during filming, in which a stunt man was killed driving a car into the Hudson River.
Despite billing itself as a “comedy-thriller on a lucky streak”, the movie failed to score with most critics. Film historian Leonard Maltin called it “Dreadful… almost completely devoid of laughs or suspense.”
The Squeeze (1987)
Directed by: Roger Young
Starring: Michael Keaton, Rae Dawn Chong, Ric Abernathy, Bobby Bass, Danny Aiello, Leslie Bevis, Ray Gabriel, George Gerdes, John Dennis Johnston, Liane Langland
Screenplay by: Daniel Taplitz
Production Design by: Simon Waters
Cinematography by: Arthur Albert
Film Editing by: Harry Keramidas
Costume Design by: Jane Greenwood
Set Decoration by: Ted Glass
Art Direction by: Christopher Nowak
Music by: Miles Goodman
Distributed by: TriStar Pictures
Release Date: July 10, 1987