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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

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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
Paul Jarrett ...
Jonas Lutz
Dee Jay Jackson ...
Spivak (as Deejay Jackson)
Paul Batten ...
Dr. Goldman
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Storyline

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 <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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$4,010,647 (USA)
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Did You Know?

Trivia

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

Goofs

During the first locker room scene. See more »

Quotes

Scalese: What are you for real?
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Features Stakeout (1987) See more »

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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, Action Hero
3 December 2003 | by (Bristol, CT) – See all my reviews

Burt Simpson, a police detective, mistakenly learns he's dying of a rare disease, but his estranged wife and family will not get the life insurance unless he dies in the line of duty. Throughout the movie he goes extreme with his police work to carry that out. Who knew that veteran character-actor Coleman could pull off such a action-oriented role? He is excellent at both the comedic and dramatic scenes, unlike many actors who perform in this genre. He also has great chemistry with Matt Frewer who plays his partner Ernie. (Burt and Ernie, ha ha!) There is much characterization that we don't often see in action movies.

The circumstances of his false knowledge are very funny. Everyone's reaction to why the hell he is doing this extreme stuff is hilarious, especially after the hostage crisis. This plot does begin a burnout towards the very end, but at least its a short enough movie that it didn't get idiotic. And keep an eye out for what might be one of the most spectacular movie car chases ever. I truly think it ranks up there with "Bullit" and "The French Connection". As for the movie poster, well, lets say it should have shown something different.

Short Time is an action movie with terrific acting, a meaningful story, and top-dollar action. There hasn't been one like that in a Long Time.


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