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Off Beat (1986)

Joe Gower's job is skating through library shelves, fetching books. A police officer and friend of his is chosen to participate in a charity dance performance. Gower agrees to take his ... See full summary »

Director:

Michael Dinner

Writers:

Dezsö Magyar (story), Mark Medoff (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Judge Reinhold ... Joe Gower
Meg Tilly ... Rachel Wareham
Cleavant Derricks ... Abe Washington
Joe Mantegna ... Pete Peterson
Jacques d'Amboise Jacques d'Amboise ... August
Amy Wright ... Mary Ellen Gruenwald
John Turturro ... Neil Pepper
James Tolkan ... Harry
Julie Bovasso ... Mrs. Wareham
Anthony Zerbe ... Mr. Wareham
Fred Gwynne ... The Commissioner
Harvey Keitel ... Mickey
Victor Argo ... Leon
Austin Pendleton ... Gun Shop Salesman
Penn Jillette ... Norman
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Storyline

Joe Gower's job is skating through library shelves, fetching books. A police officer and friend of his is chosen to participate in a charity dance performance. Gower agrees to take his place in the show by posing as a police officer. He falls for a female officer in the show, and gets into various scrapes with fellow cops and also crooks, and he dances. Written by Melissa Portell <mportell@s-cwis.unomaha.edu>

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This year's most arresting comedy. See more »

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Comedy | Crime | Romance

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 April 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Policía por error See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,011,192, 13 April 1986

Gross USA:

$4,842,778
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

One of the main movie posters for the film had the Judge Reinhold changing out of his police uniform in a phone box, referencing Superman. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Death Wish 4: The Crackdown (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

Embraceable You
Words by Ira Gershwin
Music by George Gershwin
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Interesting cast in dull comedy .........................
18 January 2012 | by merklekranzSee all my reviews

Meek librarian (Judge Reinhold) assumes the identity of his pal (Clevant Derricks) who happens to be a police officer. The charade leads to some very mild comedy. With such a fine cast, this should have been a far better film. Unfortunately the talent of Joe Mantegna, John Turturro, Meg Tilly, Harvey Keitel, Mike Starr, Fred Gwynne, and Anthony Zerbe is badly wasted. Reinhold sandwiched between Mantegna and Tilly in the front seat of a speeding police car, while they calmly discuss their failed relationship, is the best scene. Fred Gwynne in a small part as the mayor is great, but that's about it. How could such an interesting cast wind up in such a dull comedy? - MERK


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