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Kindergarten Cop (1990)

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>

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An undercover cop in a class by himself. 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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Dominic has The Real Ghostbusters (1986) sheets. Ghostbusters (1984) and Ghostbusters II (1989) were directed by Ivan Reitman. See more »

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From the beginning, it is established that Joyce=Rachel is so totally terrified of Crisp that all that she wants is to hide from him as much as possible. However, instead of doing the prudent thing, which would be to settle as far away from California as humanly possible, she is content with settling in Oregon, which is right next door to California. Astoria is actually quite some distance from Los Angeles. Driving from one place to another would take 16.5 hours. That would be further than say Boston, MAto Indianapolis., IN She likely went as far the limited money and personal connections she had would take her. If she had actually taken the money like Crisp had told everyone, she would have definitely gone to the other side of the country. See more »

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Phoebe O'Hara: Not so tough without your car, are ya?
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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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La Manito
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Cute for an afternoon escape from reality
3 August 2005 | by spiritedmaiden777See all my reviews

Love to see this film over and over again. I find this was a turning point for Mr. Schwarzengger as an actor...the challenge of being on "the wave" inter-acting with children. The scenic area of the Pacific Northwest also was a plus to the film. Caroll Baker as "Mother Tyson" is a great villainess. Wish I had viewed some of her work. The white streak in her hair, was a great flash back to "Cruella De Ville". Richard Tyson as "Crisp" also plays a smarmy character. Love the contrast of short Linda Hunt's Principal to tall Kimble. Yet Linda proved she could project herself as more formidable than Arnold Schwarzenegger. I also loved the comic timing Broadway's Pamela Reed brought to the film. Her character's pragmatism to Kimble's take it all on, made for another good contrast. Overall the film is good for the whole family or a solitary rainy afternoon escape.


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