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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 overview, first billed only:
Rob Roy ...
Dan Miller
Tony Pantages ...
Sam Malkin ...
Hostage Man
Wes Tritter ...
Coffin Salesman
Michael Lutz
Jonas Lutz
Dee Jay Jackson ...
Spivak (as Deejay Jackson)
Paul Batten ...
Dr. Goldman


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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Detective Burt Simpson thinks he's got two weeks to live. But if he can get killed in the line of duty, his family will be set for life. See more »


Comedy | Crime | Drama


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Burt's police car is either a 1984 or 1985 Dodge Diplomat AHB. See more »


During one scene where partners Burt and Ernie are chasing a suspect, Burt is in the passenger's seat with his seat belt on. Ernie then opens the door to pull him out, and suddenly, his seat belt is no longer on, and he is pulled easily out of the car. See more »


Carl Stark: Help me.
Burt Simpson: You got to be kidding
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Featured in Cinemassacre's Top 10 Car Chases (2008) 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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Quality Coleman. Mediocre story. - 6 of 10
31 August 2003 | by See all my reviews

As another user has said, this is some of Coleman's best work. An overlooked film for a bland plot and story, this film gives Coleman a place to shine. To be sure, the acting of the others is very good, as well, and they deserve credit for a job well done, but this is obviously his film. I spotted this film on network television and I usually avoid films with commercial interruptions, but I like DC and gave it a shot for him. I am very glad that I did. He pulls this film up by it's bootstraps from a two to a six. 6 of 10

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