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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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Dan Miller
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Tony Pantages ...
Vito
Sam Malkin ...
Hostage Man
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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 ain't as easy as it looks. See more »

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Comedy | Crime | Drama

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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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4 May 1990 (USA)  »

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Asesíneme, por favor  »

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$4,010,647
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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, one of the headlights on the bad guys car falls off; between shots, that headlight reappears/disappears. See more »

Quotes

Burt Simpson: You can't spend your whole life planning what'll make you happy tomorrow or you'll never be happy today. You've got to do it now.
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Connections

Remade as Aanaval Mothiram (1990) 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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It's not easy getting yourself killed
13 January 2004 | by See all my reviews

A police detective learns he is dying from a disease and decides to get himself killed in the line of duty so his wife and son can receive a handsome sum of money upon his demise. But getting himself killed is way harder than he thought. Although the film slows way too much down in the second half and gets overly sentimental there's more than a fair share of laughs to compensate. Dabney Coleman is terrific as usual and the rest of the cast support him well. Well worth catching.


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