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Kindergarten Cop (1990) Poster

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The movie was filmed in Astoria, Oregon.
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Arnold Schwarzenegger had a few conditions before accepting the role of John Kimble; he wanted Ivan Reitman to direct the film, he wanted a physical fitness theme, and he and Reitman wanted broken homes, child abuse and family life written into the script.
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Owning a pet ferret, like Kimble does, is illegal in California - a ban which former governor Arnold Schwarzenegger supported, fortunately this film is set (and filmed partially) in Astoria Oregon where it is perfectly legal.
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Pamela Reed had a lot of fun imitating Arnold Schwarzenegger with her accent. "Inside of an hour he was calling me 'my leetle Pemelah' and I was calling him 'my deah Ah-nold."'
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During an off day from filming, Arnold Schwarzenegger flew to Los Angeles to film the teaser trailer for Terminator 2 (1991).
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Filmmakers recruited local Astoria kids to be extras in the school. They were paid $35 a day.
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Astoria elementary, the school in the movie, is just a few blocks from "The Goonies" house in Astoria.
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In reality, the kids loved Arnold Schwarzenegger . They were constantly climbing all over him like a jungle gym.
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Pamela Reed said of her role, "I shoot, I save Arnold's life, kids cheer. It's not a gold statue, but it's not a bad feeling."
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Arnold Schwarzenegger insisted on a gym being assembled while on location in Astoria.
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Sarah Rose Karr (Emma) was Ivan Reitman's favorite kindergartner. "She marched to her own drummer. If she wants to stand, let her stand. If she wants to sit, let her sit."
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All of the classroom scenes were shot on a set in L.A. so Arnold Schwarzenegger could be near his family.
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Ivan Reitman invented the five "Reitman Rules of Filmmaking" for the kids: Listen, act natural, know your character, don't look in the camera, and be disciplined.
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When Kimble carries Phoebe into the motel, he says two short sentences in German (the first time Arnie can be heard speaking his native language in a movie). For interest, these mean: "That makes me stinking mad. Now I'm mad." The second time he spoke German wouldn't be until Escape Plan (2013).
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The script for Kindergarten Cop appealed to Arnold Schwarzenegger after he became a father in 1989.
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Bill Murray and Patrick Swayze were originally offered the role of John Kimble.
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Arnold Schwarzenegger claimed that when he first started working with the kids he "was sweating. I felt like the character in the movie."
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While filming in Oregon, Arnold Schwarzenegger gave a surprise commencement speech at Astoria High School.
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The filmmakers auditioned more than 2,000 children for the 30 kids in Kimble's class.
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Elijah Wood auditioned for a part as a child actor. He later told Empire Magazine that this was the worst audition he ever did.
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Kindergarten Cop (1990) was postponed until Christmas, 1990 because Ivan Reitman was still working on Ghostbusters II (1989) for Christmas, 1989.
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The poem that Kimble reads to the children before nap time is "Spring Morning" from A.A. Milne's book "When We Were Very Young", with illustrations by Ernest Shepard.
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John Kimble claims that he comes from a family of cops. Arnold Schwarzenegger's father was a policeman.
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Dominic has The Real Ghostbusters (1986) sheets. Ghostbusters (1984) and Ghostbusters II (1989) were directed by Ivan Reitman.
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Arnold Schwarzenegger worked with Pamela Reed again in the movie Junior (1994) which was also directed by Ivan Reitman . Reed portrayed a pregnant woman with a big appetite, quite similar to her character in this movie. He also worked with Danny DeVito in Junior (1994), a candidate for the role of John Kimble, but was not given the part due to his height.
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During Kimble's 'Who is my Daddy and what does he do?' questioning of the children, the Spanish-speaking girl says "My dad works at home, and he plays with me a lot."
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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."
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Arnold Schwarzenegger speculates that the film could have grossed an extra $25 million if it were less violent. But Ivan Reitman felt like the violence "had to be there or the film would just beter out at the end."
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Angela Bassett makes a cameo as a stewardess.
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Odette Annable's film debut; she was five years old.
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Handcuffing a witness to a corpse is against departmental regulations for every police force in the United States.
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The character of Emma (Sarah Rose Karr) is named after director Ivan Reitman's own daughter, Emma.
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Most of the kids in the classroom were non-actors that grew up in Southern California.
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This is the only Arnold Schwarzenegger movie to date to contain a German word (Kindergarten) in its title. Literal translation: "children's garden" (nursery school).
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Miko Hughes' character name, Joseph Cousins, is the real name of one of the boys who plays young Dominic (he was played by twins Joseph Cousins and Christian Cousins).
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It is most likely Eleanor Crisp would have received the Death Penalty for overdosing a witness to death, accessory and attempted murder of a cop/teacher.
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On April Fool's Day 2012, as a prank, it was announced that the film was selected for a release on DVD and Blu-ray Disc as part of the Criterion Collection, a video-distribution company dedicated to the release of "important classic and contemporary films". It was said to be selected as important in part because of its genre-revisionist use of both the policier and family comedy genres in the same film.
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Sarah Rose Karr also appeared in another Ivan Reitman film in a much bigger role in Beethoven (1992).
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The baseball bat that Detective O'Hara uses to hit Dominic's grandmother is a Don Mattingly model Louisville Slugger.
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Randy Edelman provides the score for the film. He was also responsible for the score on Schwarzenegger and Reitman's previous collaboration - "Twins".
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During the scene when Kimbal goes over to Joyce's house for dinner, in Dominic's room you can see that he has Ghostbusters sheets on his bed. Both Ghostbusters and this film were directed by Ivan Reitman.
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The toy "laser gun" Dominic made and is seen twice in his room is modeled after and is a child's version of the "proton pack" used in the "Ghostbusters" movies, also directed by Ivan Reitman.
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A possible alternate ending would had seen Kimble shot and killed by Eleanor Crisp.
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Pamela Reed, who plays Phoebe in this movie, was in the movie The Right Stuff playing Trudy Cooper, wife of Gordon Cooper. Odette Annable, who plays Rosa, one of the kindergarteners in this movie, played Trudy Cooper in The Astronaut Wives Club.
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The film cast includes one Oscar winner: Linda Hunt; and four Oscar nominees: Angela Bassett, Carroll Baker, Cathy Moriarty and Jason Reitman.
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Penelope Ann Miller, Linda Hunt and Chi Muoi Lo all costarred again in "The Relic" in 1997.
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Pamela Reed (Phoebe) and Linda Hunt (Miss Schlowski) share the same birthday April 2nd
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In the "Police School" scene Kimble says to the class that "It's time now to turn this mush into muscle". The line is a humorous poke at Schwarzenegger himself: he was a champion bodybuilder prior to becoming an actor and politician, where began weight training at the age of 15 and won the Mr. Universe title at the age of 20 and went on to win the Mr. Olympia contest several times.
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Cameo 

Jason Reitman: Ivan Reitman's son has a cameo as the boy making out with the girl that Kimble interrupts during the real fire drill.
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Spoilers 

The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

Throughout the entire movie Kimball continues to assure people that the ferret doesn't bite. Ironically, at the climax of the movie, Dominic is saved when the ferret crawls out of his jacket and bites Crisp in the neck.
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