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Kindergarten Cop (1990)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Comedy, Crime  |  21 December 1990 (USA)
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A tough cop is given his most difficult assignment ever: to masquerade as a kindergarten teacher in order to find a drug dealer.



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John Kimble is a tough city cop who's been on the trail of drug dealer Cullen Crisp for years. He finally tracks Crisp down but it seems the only person that can testify against him is his ex-wife. The problem is she's disappeared and all Kimble knows is the name of the school in Oregon where her son attends. When things don't quite go to plan, Kimble finds he has to go undercover on his toughest assignment yet - Kindergarten teacher! Written by Col Needham <>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


He's the toughest undercover cop in LA. If you're bad he'll know it. If you're hiding something he'll find out. If you cheat he can tell. Now... See more »


Action | Comedy | Crime


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21 December 1990 (USA)  »

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Un detective en el kinder  »

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$26,000,000 (estimated)


$91,457,688 (USA)

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The script for Kindergarten Cop appealed to Arnold Schwarzenegger after he became a father in 1989. See more »


When Crisp Sr. kidnapped Dominic and says that he is a fireman, the shadow from a panning camera is visible. See more »


Detective John Kimble: Who is your daddy and what does he do?
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Referenced in American Dad!: Great Space Roaster (2010) See more »


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Music by Andy Shernoff
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Funny, Heartwarming, and a Bit of Action
21 September 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Before I comment, I would just like to say this is my first time on IMDb reviewing a film. I am a big Arnold Schwarzenegger fan and I thought this was one of his finest. I am such a big fan, I can spell his last name without thinking about it and I have a bobble head of Terminator 3 on my computer. Anyways, this movie was great. It was funny in a heartwarming children's comedy sort of way for most of it. It has some of the best Arnold Schwarznegger quotes ever such as, "DOMINIC!" "STOP WHINING!" and "IT'S NOT A TUMOR!" There are also some pretty quotable quotes by other actors. There was decent action scenes for a comedy. The supporting actors did a swell job especially the antagonist and Kimble's partner. I enjoyed the film and would think it should be in the top 250 films list, but everyone has their own opinion and I respect that... sort of. Overall swell movie. I would watch it with your family, but be warned that there are some sexual references and profane or lewd speech so don't watch it with little kids. I would stick with 10 and up.

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