Short Time (1990)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Drama  |  4 May 1990 (USA)
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When a police detective thinks he is dying and learns that his life insurance pays out more if he dies in the line of duty, he tries to make that happen.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Burt Simpson
Ernie Dills
Carolyn Simpson
Rob Roy ...
Dan Miller
Dougie Simpson
Sam Malkin ...
Hostage Man
Wes Tritter ...
Coffin Salesman
Kim Kondrashoff ...
Michael Lutz
Jonas Lutz
Dee Jay Jackson ...
Spivak (as Deejay Jackson)
Paul Batten ...
Dr. Goldman


Nearing retirement, Dabney Coleman finds that he has a disease that will kill him within days. He then finds that his life insurance only pays off if he is killed in the line of duty. In order to leave something to his wife and children, Coleman becomes supercop, ignoring danger and trying his best to get killed. Written by John Vogel <>

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Release Date:

4 May 1990 (USA)  »

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Asesíneme, por favor  »

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$4,010,647 (USA)

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Did You Know?


Dabney Coleman and Barry Corbin stared together in _WarGames_ in 1983. See more »


During the car chase scene, Burt's red police car loses the front windshield, then later in the chase scene the car is seen again with the windshield intact. See more »


Dougie Simpson: [at the bus driver's funeral] Who was he, Dad?
Burt Simpson: He drove buses.
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Roll With It
Performed by Steve Winwood
Written by Steve Winwood (uncredited), Will Jennings (uncredited), Eddie Holland (uncredited), Brian Holland (uncredited) and Lamont Dozier (uncredited)
Courtesy of Virgin Records Limited
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A Better movie than you'd think
16 July 2007 | by (British Columbia, Canada) – See all my reviews

Dabney Coleman plays a cop getting into his "short time" just before retirement. Knowing what we do about police movies, we understand why he's careful and plays it safe. During a routine blood test, he finds out he has a terminal disease and his insurance will only pay out to his estranged wife and son if he dies in the line of duty. From that setup, we get a marvelous performance by Coleman. Matt Frewer as his new partner is wonderful as well. Everyone gives a solid performance here, even Coleman's unmarked cruiser in a amazing chase sequence. If you happen to see this one coming up on TV, give it a try. I think you'll like it.

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