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Short Time (1990)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 4 May 1990 (USA)
When a police detective thinks he is dying and learns that his life insurance pays out more if he dies in the line of duty, he tries to make that happen.

Director:

Gregg Champion
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dabney Coleman ... Burt Simpson
Matt Frewer ... Ernie Dills
Teri Garr ... Carolyn Simpson
Barry Corbin ... Captain
Joe Pantoliano ... Scalese
Xander Berkeley ... Stark
Rob Roy Rob Roy ... Dan Miller
Kaj-Erik Eriksen ... Dougie Simpson
Tony Pantages Tony Pantages ... Vito
Sam Malkin Sam Malkin ... Hostage Man
Wes Tritter Wes Tritter ... Coffin Salesman
Kim Kondrashoff ... Michael Lutz
Paul Jarrett ... Jonas Lutz
Dee Jay Jackson ... Spivak (as Deejay Jackson)
Paul Batten Paul Batten ... Dr. Goldman
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Storyline

Burt Simpson (Dabney Coleman) is nearing retirement and he finds that he has a disease that will kill him within days. He then finds that his life insurance only pays off if he is killed in the line of duty. In order to leave something to his wife and children, Simpson becomes super cop, ignoring danger and trying his best to get killed. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Getting killed isn't as easy as it looks. See more »

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Comedy | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

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Trivia

Despite a Region 2 DVD release by Carlton International Media UK in 2002, the film was never released on a Region 1 DVD. It only had a VHS and Laserdisc release by Live Home Video in the United States. However, it will play on a computer with a DVD ROM drive. Computers can play any video format and region encoding. See more »

Goofs

Urine samples (especially for drug screening) are never left unattended. The nurse immediately puts it through a small door to the lab which is then taken by a lab technician on the other side. See more »

Quotes

Scalese: What are you for real?
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Connections

Featured in Cinemassacre's Top 10 Car Chases (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Roll With It
Performed by Steve Winwood & Kaj-Erik Eriksen
Written by Steve Winwood (uncredited), Will Jennings (uncredited), Eddie Holland (uncredited), Brian Holland (uncredited) and Lamont Dozier (uncredited)
Courtesy of Virgin Records Limited
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Underrated classic.
1 August 2018 | by littletedSee all my reviews

What can I say that has not already been said. This is a 1990 film that stands up well even today, in fact I'm surprised it has never been remade by the likes of Stallone or Willis. It's a genuinely funny movie with quite a straight forward story line. No bad languages or unnecessary nudety, just well written and brilliantly acted comic situations that support the movies main premise. Hard to find but really worth watching, a must see.


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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 May 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Short Time See more »

Filming Locations:

Washington, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,237,211, 6 May 1990

Gross USA:

$4,010,647

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,010,647
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Gladden Entertainment See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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