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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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Cast

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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
Tony Pantages ...
Vito
Sam Malkin ...
Hostage Man
Wes Tritter ...
Coffin Salesman
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Michael Lutz
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Jonas Lutz
Dee Jay Jackson ...
Spivak (as Deejay Jackson)
Paul Batten ...
Dr. Goldman
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Storyline

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 isn'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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Connections

Featured in Siskel & Ebert: The Worst Films of 1990 (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

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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