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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.

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Gregg Champion
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Cast

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 »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 May 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Asesíneme, por favor 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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When "Short Time" was first shown theatrically, The Simpsons: There's No Disgrace Like Home (1990) was shown before it. The son on The Simpsons is named Bart Simpson, and coincidentally, Dabney Coleman's character in the movie is named Burt Simpson. See more »

Goofs

During the car chase underneath the elevated roadway, even the other cars not involved in the chase are running the stop signs. See more »

Quotes

Dougie Simpson: [at the bus driver's funeral] Who was he, Dad?
Burt Simpson: He drove buses.
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Soundtracks

Roll With It
Performed by Steve Winwood
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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Old Diplomats never die they just become bumper cars.
17 July 2003 | by omcaraSee all my reviews

Great tounge-in-cheek cliche of the old cop that's about to retire and die. But let's give some credit to his metalic co-star. The little Diplomat that could. It takes a beating and keeps on ticking like a combination of a Timex, the Enegizer Bunny and the Mustang from gone in 60 Seconds. Oh And throw in a little bit of the Blues Brothers Dodge for good measure. What a car! If you like to see old police cars get put through the ringer and come out the other side no worst for wear also check out, Gator, Greased Lighting and Ripper


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