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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 »

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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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The Real Life Adventures Of A Make-Believe Cop. See more »

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Comedy | Crime | Romance

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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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Trivia

Part of a cycle of American cop comedies that got made after the box-office success of Police Academy (1984). The films include that movie's six sequels, Feds (1988), Recruits (1986), Off Beat (1986), Night Patrol (1984), Moving Violations (1985), and Hollywood Vice Squad (1986). See more »

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Referenced in Adjust Your Tracking (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Ain't She Sweet
By Milton Ager and Jack Yellen
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"I think, you think. Dancing is for women."
12 July 2012 | by lost-in-limboSee all my reviews

Librarian assistant Joe Gower takes up the offer to help out his friend Abe by posing as a cop to take his place in a police dance performance, but he finds himself falling for female officer Rachel. Therefore he digs himself deeper when he starts acting like his a cop outside of the dance training to impress this lady. "Off Beat" is a pleasurably breezy, light-hearted 80s romantic comedy with plenty of familiar faces on show. The cast are indeed great, with Judge Reinhold and Meg Tilly in the leads. For me, the adorable Tilly is always a delight to watch, but she still can pack a punch. James Tolken sure finds out. A tolerable Reinhold is gawky, but likable as Gower. Loved the scenes he shares with the wise-cracking Cleavant Derricks, who plays his friend Abe. The sequence with them arguing in a change room and Derricks' final word to the shop assistant is priceless. Most of the lively support roles with character actors are spot-on and do over-shadow the leads. Harvey Keitel and Victor Argo might only have small roles towards the end, but their chemistry together was hilarious with Argo truly stealing the show. Austin Pendleton as a gun shop salesman is quite humorous too. Rocket launcher for home protection?! Joe Mantegna is a true live-wire as fellow-cop / ex-boyfriend of Tilly's character. Also dependably showing up is Mike Starr, Amy Wright, John Turturro, Penn Jillette, John Kapelos, Anthony Zerbe and Fred Gwynne. But the list still goes on. Quite a macho lot, where the script seems to sarcastically tear apart at this bravado and the dialogues are fun in nailing it. Even questioning one's own comfort, by taking a chance outside that familiar zone. Its bubblegum soundtrack gives it much added bounce. Commonplace, but endearing comedy.

"I won't hurt them. I'll kill them. "


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