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Off Beat (1986)

Joe Gower's job is skating through library shelves, fetching books. A police officer/friend of his is chosen to participate in a charity dance performance. Gower agrees to take his place in... See full summary »

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Joe Gower
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Rachel Wareham
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Abe Washington
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Pete Peterson
Jacques d'Amboise ...
August
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Mary Ellen Gruenwald
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Harry
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Mrs. Wareham
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Mr. Wareham
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The Commissioner
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Mickey
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Leon
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Norman
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Joe Gower's job is skating through library shelves, fetching books. A police officer/friend of his is chosen to participate in a charity dance performance. Gower agrees to take his place in the show by posing as a police officer. He falls for a female officer in the show and gets into various scrapes with fellow cops and also crooks. And he dances. Written by Melissa Portell <mportell@s-cwis.unomaha.edu>

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11 April 1986 (USA)  »

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Policía por error  »

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$4,842,778 (USA)
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The choreographer character of August was portrayed by an actual choreographer who was the renowned Jacques d'Amboise. See more »

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Yankee Doodle Boy
Words and Music by George M. Cohan
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Off by many beats
20 June 2016 | by (adelaide, australia) – See all my reviews

I've just seen this movie, and no offence, but it was a major letdown. I remember this drive in movie playing at the time when Judge Reinhold was well makin' a name for himself in the mid 80/late 80 phase. Why the reason, for seeing it now? A relation of mine, gave me a few bags of VHS'S and this time, like last, I picked out more a minority. I only got a few laughs, mainly in the early part, the cop chase, quite funny, a highpoint, but annoying too. Meg Tilly does look hot here, in dance wear, and her punching out fellow cop, (Top Gun's shouting captain, James Tolkan) was a grand moment. As a favor, for stuffing up an undercover operation, involving his best friend, a cop, run down, unfulfilled librarian, Joey Gower (Reinhold) charades as his buddy, playing the role, where he attends these full cop rehearsals for a stage show, but inadvertently falls in love with Tilly, where complications and that, arise as you can probably guess. The film has a lot of stale scenes, one lengthy scene, I thought was gonna gonna go for the rest of the movie, where Reinhold gets caught in a bank robbery, where actors, Harvey Keitel ans Victor Argo (the robbers) are the comic relief. So many good actors are wasted in this forgettable film, it kind of pi..ed me off, to be honest. This is just one of those eighties, pretty week comedies, where a few actors should of been locked up for their time in this, ninety plus minutes, I could of been doing many other productive things.


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