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Kindergarten Cop (1990)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Crime | 21 December 1990 (USA)
A tough cop must pose as a kindergarten teacher in order to locate a dangerous criminal's ex-wife, who may hold the key to putting him behind bars.

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Ivan Reitman

Writers:

Murray Salem (story), Murray Salem (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Arnold Schwarzenegger ... Kimble
Penelope Ann Miller ... Joyce
Pamela Reed ... Phoebe
Linda Hunt ... Miss Schlowski
Richard Tyson ... Crisp
Carroll Baker ... Eleanor Crisp
Joseph Cousins ... Dominic
Christian Cousins ... Dominic
Cathy Moriarty ... Sylvester's Mother
Park Overall ... Samantha's Mother
Jayne Brook ... Zach's Mother
Richard Portnow ... Captain Salazar
Tom Kurlander Tom Kurlander ... Danny
Alix Koromzay ... Cindy
Betty Lou Henson Betty Lou Henson ... Keisha's Mother
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Storyline

John Kimble is a tough city cop who's been on the trail of drug dealer Cullen Crisp for years. He finally tracks Crisp down but it seems the only person that can testify against him is his ex-wife. The problem is she's disappeared and all Kimble knows is the name of the school in Oregon where her son attends. When things don't quite go to plan, Kimble finds he has to go undercover on his toughest assignment yet - Kindergarten teacher! Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

He's the toughest undercover cop in LA. If you're bad he'll know it. If you're hiding something he'll find out. If you cheat he can tell. Now... See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

21 December 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Un detective en el kinder See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$26,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$91,457,688

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$201,957,688
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (DeLuxe)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In most of Arnold Schwarzenegger's films he usually says the phrase "I'll be back." In this film, towards the end when he decides to be a teacher, he says "I'm back." See more »

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When Kimble went to arrest Crisp he had his gun pointed at him but then the mall security guards tell Kimble to drop his gun, when the first ones came in Kimble looked at them with his gun still pointed at Crisp and because of him looking away Crisp would've easily disarmed him. This is not something a professional police officer would do. However considering that Kimble doesn't always play by the books, he would be likely to do that. Furthermore, given the circumstances Crisp is under, he does not want to be arrested or seen as dangerous, he would likely cooperate with the police. It would be unwise to disarm a cop if several others have guns pointed in your direction. See more »

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Detective John Kimble: We're going to play a wonderful game called, "Who is my daddy and what does he do?"
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Alternate Versions

In the TV version Joyce says to John "There is no money, you stupid jerk." In the theatrical release she says "There is no money, you son of a bitch." See more »

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Followed by Kindergarten Cop 2 (2016) See more »

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La Manito
Music by Kinito Méndez
Performed by Alfonso 'Pochy' Vasquez y su Cocoband (as Pochi y su Cocoband)
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Major guilty pleasure.
14 June 2009 | by insomniac_rodSee all my reviews

God damn it. I have to accept that this is a major guilty pleasure. I didn't watch it when it first came out in theaters but I remember renting it some months after it.

The situations are pretty comical but only because of Arnie's physical comedic performance. i mean, it's funny just to think about a "giant" man taking care of kindergarten children.

The truth is that the plot is oriented for an older audience but it fits perfect with the movie's comedic tone.

The ending is just priceless and is a perfect example of how early 90's cinema had the tendency to make the lead character into a hero.


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