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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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It's a jungle gym out there. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (DeLuxe)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

A possible alternate ending would had seen Kimble shot and killed by Eleanor Crisp. See more »

Goofs

When Detective Kimble drives up to the motel in the rain, the passenger's window is lowered for the camera. After parking seconds later, the window is rolled up. See more »

Quotes

Detective John Kimble: How do I look?
Phoebe O'Hara: Take off the gun.
[Kimble realizes he has strapped on his shoulder holster]
Detective John Kimble: That's a good idea.
Phoebe O'Hara: Little bastards are gonna eat you alive.
Detective John Kimble: Get some rest and don't worry. I've been working undercover for a long time. They're six-year-olds. How much trouble can they be?
Phoebe O'Hara: On second thought, take the gun.
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Alternate Versions

In the original version (filmed in 1990), after his first day with the kindergarteners, Kimble mumbles "They're horrible. They're like little terrorists." In post-9/11 versions, the line about terrorists has been deleted. See more »

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The Party Starts Now!
Music by Andy Shernoff
Performed by Manitoba's Wild Kingdom
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Wasn't expecting it to work, but it did...
5 March 2011 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Kindergarten Cop was a surprisingly good film. I was not expecting it to work, and it worked so much better than I expected it to. Kindergarten Cop is a little overlong and the villains are perhaps a little too pantomime. However, the film does look lovely, and the score and soundtrack gives it its heart-warming sentiment.

The script also worked. It was funny, it was poignant and it was well-meaning, while there is also a heart-warming story, good direction and pacing and the action while sometimes intense is well-handled.

I was very surprised by the acting. Kindergarten Cop is not Arnold Schwarznegger's best film, but it does show that he can do comedy, and here he does do it well. He is suitably low-key and avoids being wooden as well. Penelope Ann Miller gives good support as well, and the chemistry between the two is convincing without taking over the film too much. The characters could have easily been stereotypical and unlikeable, but they aren't, instead they have a certain warmth to them, and this is including the kids.

Overall, not a comedy classic, but it works far better than it should have done. 8/10 Bethany Cox


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