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Short Time (1990)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 4 May 1990 (USA)
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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Burt Simpson
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Ernie Dills
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Carolyn Simpson
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Captain
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Scalese
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Stark
Rob Roy ...
Dan Miller
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Dougie Simpson
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Vito
Sam Malkin ...
Hostage Man
Wes Tritter ...
Coffin Salesman
Kim Kondrashoff ...
Michael Lutz
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Jonas Lutz
Dee Jay Jackson ...
Spivak (as Deejay Jackson)
Paul Batten ...
Dr. Goldman
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Burt Simpson (Dabney Coleman) is nearing retirement and he 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, Simpson becomes super cop, ignoring danger and trying his best to get killed. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Getting killed ain't as easy as it looks. See more »

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Comedy | Crime | Drama

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4 May 1990 (USA)  »

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Asesíneme, por favor  »

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$4,010,647 (USA)
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Trivia

The first thing watched by a couple officers in the break room is a car chase from Stakeout (1987) which was also a police movie that takes place in Seattle. See more »

Goofs

During the car chase underneath the elevated roadway, even the other cars not involved in the chase are running the stop signs. See more »

Quotes

Carl Stark: Burt is chasing Stark up a long stairwell in an office building. Stark is a few flights above Burt. He throws a hand grenade down the stairs. It lands right in front of Burt. Burt shouts with elation that he is finally going to die. The grenade rolls away and falls down the middle of the stairwell exploding harmlessly far below. Stark looks down and says, "Yeah."
Burt Simpson: Burt suddenly peeks out from just a few flights below Stark and shouts, "YOU MISSED ME AGAIN, YOU IDIOT!"
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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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Dabney Coleman is good at lots of things, but this isn't one of them
14 February 2016 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

"Short Time" has an interesting premise but could have gotten played out better. Dabney Coleman (the boss in "9 to 5" and the computer scientist in "WarGames") plays a Seattle detective who tries to commit suicide so that his family can collect the indemnity. It starts off OK but peters out before too long. When I saw it, what caught my eye was that his character's name sounded like Bart Simpson. Other than that, there wasn't much memorable. A better Seattle-set comedy from 1990 was Lawrence Kasdan's "I Love You to Death", in which the wife (Tracey Ullman) of a philandering pizzeria owner (Kevin Kline) keeps trying to kill him.

Also starring Teri Garr (Inga in "Young Frankenstein"), Matt Frewer (Russell Sr. in "Honey I Shrunk the Kids"), Barry Corbin (the general in "WarGames") and Joe Pantoliano (Cypher in "The Matrix").


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