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


Comedy | Crime | Drama


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Release Date:

4 May 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Asesíneme, por favor  »

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$4,010,647 (USA)

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The first thing watched by a couple officers in the lockeroom/breakroom is a car chase from the first stakeout movie from 1987 See more »


Burt drives an unmarked Dodge Diplomat for the majority of the film yet when it gets shot at it becomes a Plymouth Gran Fury (note the grill). See more »


Dougie Simpson: [at the bus driver's funeral] Who was he, Dad?
Burt Simpson: He drove buses.
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Featured in Siskel & Ebert: The Worst Films of 1990 (1991) See more »


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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Old Diplomats never die they just become bumper cars.
17 July 2003 | by (Miami, Florida) – See all my reviews

Great tounge-in-cheek cliche of the old cop that's about to retire and die. But let's give some credit to his metalic co-star. The little Diplomat that could. It takes a beating and keeps on ticking like a combination of a Timex, the Enegizer Bunny and the Mustang from gone in 60 Seconds. Oh And throw in a little bit of the Blues Brothers Dodge for good measure. What a car! If you like to see old police cars get put through the ringer and come out the other side no worst for wear also check out, Gator, Greased Lighting and Ripper

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