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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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The Real Life Adventures Of A Make-Believe Cop. See more »

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Comedy | Crime | Romance

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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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First acting role in a feature film for Jacques d'Amboise in around nineteen years with his last having been in A Midsummer Night's Dream (1967). See more »

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Referenced in Adjust Your Tracking (2013) See more »

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Put On a Happy Face
By Lee Adams and Charles Strouse
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excellent film
1 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I just wonder what movie David Dein was watching. David have you ever heard of the suspension of disbelief? It was not a true story. Meg Tilly who (not whom)is usually wonderful was just as wonderful here, as was Judge Reinhold, John Turturro, Harvey Keitel (and his partner) and Penn Gillette. Cleavant Derricks was outstanding and worth the price of admission all by himself. the only criticism i can muster is for the usually reliable Joe Mantegna. It seems that comedy is not his forte. He seemed to be overacting in the extreme. All in all this is a very amusing movie, with some clever plot twists and some interesting characters. It is not "The Godfather" but it is very pleasant, clever and amusing and well worth your time.


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