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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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Detective Burt Simpson thinks he's got two weeks to live. But if he can get killed in the line of duty, his family will be set for life. 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 one scene where partners Burt and Ernie are chasing a suspect, Burt is in the passenger's seat with his seat belt on. Ernie then opens the door to pull him out, and suddenly, his seat belt is no longer on, and he is pulled easily out of the car. See more »

Quotes

Carl Stark: Burt is chasing Stark up a long stairwell in an office building. Stark is a few flights above Burt. He throws a hand grenade down the stairs. It lands right in front of Burt. Burt shouts with elation that he is finally going to die. The grenade rolls away and falls down the middle of the stairwell exploding harmlessly far below. Stark looks down and says, "Yeah."
Burt Simpson: Burt suddenly peeks out from just a few flights below Stark and shouts, "YOU MISSED ME AGAIN, YOU IDIOT!"
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Connections

Remade as Aanaval Mothiram (1990) 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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Hard to find but well worth the search!
22 February 2009 | by twokilosevenSee all my reviews

I first saw this movie First Choice (at the time Canada's HBO) in the early 90's and immediately fell in love with it. Now in my mid 30's I have been lucky enough to find it on DVD to add to my collection. I am very happy as I understand that it is a hard to find DVD and I stumbled across it on amazon one day.

If you are lucky enough to be able to view this movie on DVD or on cable or whatever, have a look. I think just about anybody could enjoy this film as it is able to be very entertaining without being overly vulgar or violent.

This is a funny story about a cop who's physical results are mixed up with another patient and he is told that he is going to die in a short time. He then finds out that his life insurance only pays out if he dies on the job. You can imagine where it goes from there. This movie is funny from start to finish and is worth a look from any movie fan.


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