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Kindergarten Cop (1990)

PG-13 | | Action, 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.

Director:

Ivan Reitman

Writers:

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

After numerous fruitless attempts, the veteran LAPD Detective, John Kimble, has one last chance to put behind bars once and for all the elusive drug kingpin, Cullen Crisp, who is trying to find the whereabouts of his son and his ex-wife who run away with millions of dollars. In high hopes of picking up clues, the massive officer finds himself at a bustling elementary school in Astoria, Oregon, posing as a substitute kindergarten teacher; however, to keep up the ruse without blowing his cover, John must keep under control a noisy classroom full of intimidating five-year-old adversaries. Can Kimble show them who's boss? Written by Nick Riganas

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As an undercover cop... he's in a class by himself. See more »

Genres:

Action | Comedy | Crime

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Trivia

In reality, the kids loved Arnold Schwarzenegger. They were constantly climbing all over him like a jungle gym. See more »

Goofs

On Kimble's second day of teaching, he is wearing a red shirt. When he picks up the little boy who is eating the lunches, he is wearing the outfit that he wore on the first day. After that, he is wearing the red shirt again. See more »

Quotes

Detective John Kimble: SHUUUUUUUUUUT UUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUP! Shut up! Shut up! Shut up!
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Crazy Credits

At the beginning of the film, the opening credits are used with written straight-line colors See more »

Alternate Versions

When shown on BBC1 All the gun violence was completely omitted from the disco scene and all of the profanity was either dubbed over or omitted from the film and the scene where John Kimble confronts the father who gave the boy bruises was heavily cut removing profanity and when the father goes to hit John Kimble but John Kimble blocks the punch and punches the boys father in the stomach making the scene appear very out of sorts. The scene where Crisp assaults the man who buys the last race car set outside the toy store was also cut, with the scene ending with Crisp amiably leaving the store. See more »

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Referenced in The Jay Leno Show: Episode #1.87 (2010) See more »

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The Party Starts Now!
Music by Andy Shernoff
Performed by Manitoba's Wild Kingdom
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I wish Arnie had been my teacher
11 January 2005 | by AwesomeWolfSee all my reviews

I reckon Arnie would make the best teacher. For starters, he could teach PE, and Austrian, and politics, and awesome, among other things. Schoolyard bullying and vandalism would be a thing of the past, and if any of the students were having domestic troubles at home, Arnie would find out and then BAM! Problem solved, just like in 'Kindergarten Cop'.

Arnie plays John Kimble, a cop who has spent years chasing a criminal by the name of Cullen Crisp. When he finally gets Crisp, he now has to find all the money Crisp that stole. It seems as though Crisp's e-wife took it and fled to a small town with their son, and changed their names in the process. To find them, Arnie must pose as a kindergarten teacher, and hilarity ensues.

'Kindergarten Cop' may not be as heavy on the action as some of Arnie's other movies from the time (80s / early 90s), but on the other hand, it is very funny. It delivers some classic lines from not only Arnie, but also his disciples of awesome (students, whatever you wish to call them). 'Kindergarten Cop' proves that Arnie is family-friendly, as well as awesome. Bravo!

8/10 - Check it out. You should like it, and if you don't, I'm sure Arnie will forgive you.


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Country:

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Language:

English | Spanish | German

Release Date:

21 December 1990 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,918,560, 23 December 1990

Gross USA:

$91,457,688

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$201,957,688
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Dolby

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Color (DeLuxe)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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