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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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

First produced screenplay for a cinema movie by Mark Medoff since When You Comin' Back, Red Ryder? (1979). See more »

Connections

Referenced in Remote Control (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

Yankee Doodle Boy
Words and Music by George M. Cohan
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excellent film
1 May 2006 | by den_quixoteSee all my reviews

I just wonder what movie David Dein was watching. David have you ever heard of the suspension of disbelief? It was not a true story. Meg Tilly who (not whom)is usually wonderful was just as wonderful here, as was Judge Reinhold, John Turturro, Harvey Keitel (and his partner) and Penn Gillette. Cleavant Derricks was outstanding and worth the price of admission all by himself. the only criticism i can muster is for the usually reliable Joe Mantegna. It seems that comedy is not his forte. He seemed to be overacting in the extreme. All in all this is a very amusing movie, with some clever plot twists and some interesting characters. It is not "The Godfather" but it is very pleasant, clever and amusing and well worth your time.


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