Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot

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Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Roger Spottiswoode
Produced by Ivan Reitman
Joe Medjuck
Michael C. Gross
Written by Blake Snyder
William Osborne
William Davies
Starring Sylvester Stallone
Estelle Getty
JoBeth Williams
Roger Rees
Music by Alan Silvestri
Cinematography Frank Tidy
Editing by Mark Conte
Lois Freeman-Fox
Studio Northern Lights Entertainment
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release dates February 21, 1992 (1992-02-21)
Running time 87 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $45 million
Box office $70,611,210

Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot is a 1992 American action-comedy film written by Blake Snyder, William Osborne and William Davies, directed by Roger Spottiswoode and starring Sylvester Stallone and Estelle Getty.


Tough cop Joe Bomowski (Sylvester Stallone) rises to the top of a New York City police department. However, unbeknownst to his colleagues, he is secretly working with his mother, a crystal meth kingpin with a penchant for extremely violent revenge attacks.



The film has been universally panned by critics. Review aggregate Rotten Tomatoes reports that only 4% of critics have given the film a positive review based on 24 reviews, with an average score of 2.4/10. Roger Ebert of The Chicago Sun-Times gave the film half a star, and wrote in his review,"It is moronic beyond comprehension, an exercise in desperation during which even Sylvester Stallone, a repository of self-confidence, seems to be disheartened."

Sylvester Stallone's reaction[edit]

Sylvester Stallone claimed it was the worst film he ever did.[1] 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."[2]

Box office[edit]

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

In popular culture[edit]

The title of The Simpsons episode Stop or My Dog Will Shoot is a reference to the film.


  1. ^ Rollings, Grant. "Sylvester Stallone gives his most candid interview ever". London: Sun. Retrieved 2010-09-10. 
  2. ^ "Stallone Q/A". Ain't It Cool News. Retrieved 2012-08-12. 

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