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Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot is a 1992 American buddy cop comedy film directed by Roger Spottiswoode and starring Sylvester Stallone and Estelle Getty. The film was released in the United States on February 21, 1992.

Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot
Theatrical release poster
Directed byRoger Spottiswoode
Produced byIvan Reitman
Joe Medjuck
Michael C. Gross
Written byBlake Snyder
William Osborne
William Davies
Music byAlan Silvestri
CinematographyFrank Tidy
Edited byMark Conte
Lois Freeman-Fox
Northern Lights Entertainment
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • February 21, 1992 (1992-02-21)
Running time
87 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$45 million
Box office$70.6 million

In 2006, Stallone stated that this was the worst film he ever starred in, and that he regretted making it.[1]



Sergeant Joseph Andrew Bomowski (Sylvester Stallone) is a tough cop. His seemingly frail mother Tutti (Estelle Getty) comes to stay with him and progressively interferes in his life, driving him crazy. After cleaning his gun with bleach and finding out she ruined it, Tutti buys him an illegal MAC-10 machine pistol, and witnesses the murder of one of the men who sold her the gun. Tutti is taken to the police station to give a statement, and starts poking around in Joe's cases. She learns the gun she purchased was part of a collection taken from a burned building, and the gun insurance money was received.

On her way back home, Tutti recognizes a man at the airport. He flees when she and Joe follow him, and Tutti remembers she saw him on America's Most Wanted for shooting his mother.



Principal photography began on May 13, 1991. Filming took place in and around Los Angeles, California, Santa Rosa, California & Long Beach, California. Production wrapped on August 9, 1991.


The film has an 8% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 26 reviews.[2] Rita Kempley of The Washington Post called it "your worst nightmare" but stated that "the concept is actually better for Stallone than the premises of his earlier awful romps, Rhinestone and Oscar."[3] Clifford Terry wrote in the Chicago Tribune that the film "plays like an extended sitcom-perhaps four episodes of She's the Sheriff" and also that "About two-thirds into Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot, Sylvester Stallone actually delivers the title line. That's how numbingly awful this is. Give it half a star for being in focus."[4] Michael Wilmington of the Los Angeles Times wrote that the film seemed like Stallone's response to Schwarzenegger's turn to comedies like Kindergarten Cop and added, "This is another 'high-concept' marketing hook job—a slick, slow-witted, shiny, 100% predictable movie—and the scriptwriters ... don't have anything richer on their minds than the usual feisty mother-son gags."[5]

Both Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert aggressively disliked the film and both gave it a thumbs down in their onscreen review of the film, with Ebert claiming it to have been "one of the worst movies he'd ever seen"; in his newspaper review (in which he awarded half of one star out of four), Ebert labeled it as "one of those movies so dimwitted, so utterly lacking in even the smallest morsel of redeeming value, that you stare at the screen in stunned disbelief. It is moronic beyond comprehension, an exercise in desperation during which even Sylvester Stallone, a repository of self-confidence, seems to be disheartened."[6] Siskel gave the film zero stars out of four and stated that "if the script of this picture were submitted to The Golden Girls television show staff it would be summarily dismissed as too flimsy for a half-hour sitcom. There is not one laugh nor surprising moment to be found, starting with the scene where Stallone and Getty happen upon a jumper atop a building and Getty manages to bring the man down safely using a bullhorn."[7]

It was also the winner of three Golden Raspberry Awards, for Stallone as Worst Actor, Getty as Worst Supporting Actress and the film earning Worst Screenplay.[citation needed]

The film found more success on VHS and DVD.[8]

Sylvester Stallone's reactionEdit

Sylvester Stallone has stated that Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot was the worst film he had ever starred in.[9] In an interview with Ain't It Cool News, Stallone referred to it as "maybe one of the worst films in the entire solar system, including alien productions we’ve never seen", that "a flatworm could write a better script", and "in some countries – China, I believe – running [the movie] once a week on government television has lowered the birth rate to zero. If they ran it twice a week, I believe in twenty years China would be extinct."[10]

Box officeEdit

Despite the poor reviews, the film was somewhat successful at the box office. The film brought in only $28.4 million domestically but did moderately better overseas with over $42.2 million internationally to a total of $70.6 million worldwide.[11]

Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B+" on an A+ to F scale.[12]

In popular cultureEdit

The film was mentioned when Stallone hosted an episode of Saturday Night Live in 1997; in one particular skit Stallone comes across someone in a terrible car accident (Norm Macdonald) who does not like any of his work and ridicules his films. As he lies dying, he mutters something quietly that only Stallone can hear, and when a passerby (Will Ferrell) asks what he said, Stallone is reluctant to say it until he is grilled some more, at which point he virulently yells "He said Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot...SUCKED!"

The title of The Simpsons episode "Stop! Or My Dog Will Shoot" is a reference to the film. That episode involves the Simpsons' dog joining the Springfield Police Force after saving Homer from a corn maze.

In October 2017, Arnold Schwarzenegger confirmed a rumor that, knowing the script was "really bad", he had publicly faked interest in starring in order for producers to lure Stallone.[13]


  1. ^ headgeek. "Round #5 - Stallone keeps slugging out answers to the AICN Mob!!!". Aint It Cool News. Retrieved 2018-03-19.
  2. ^ "Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved December 7, 2018.
  3. ^ "Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot". Washington Post. 1992-02-21. Retrieved 2010-09-10.
  4. ^ Terry, Clifford (1992-02-21). "'Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot' Misses The Mark By A Mile". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2010-09-10.
  5. ^ Wilmington, Michael (February 21, 1992). "'Stop!': Stallone KOs His Macho Image". Los Angeles Times. F14.
  6. ^ "Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot". Chicago Sun Times. Archived from the original on 1999-05-08. Retrieved 2010-09-10.
  7. ^ Siskel, Gene (1992-02-21). "Stallone's Unfunny `Stop!` Shoots Down Creativity". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2010-12-12.
  8. ^ Stallone's Mom Boosts His DVD Sales imdb
  9. ^ Rollings, Grant. "Sylvester Stallone gives his most candid interview ever". London: Sun. Retrieved 2010-09-10.
  10. ^ "Stallone Q/A". Ain't It Cool News. Retrieved 2012-08-12.
  11. ^ "Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 17 October 2017.
  12. ^ "CinemaScore".
  13. ^ Pearson, Ben. "Arnold Schwarzenegger Confirmed One of Hollywood's All-Time Great Troll Moves in a Fantastic Q&A [Beyond Fest]". SlashFilm. Retrieved 10 October 2017.

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