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Off Beat (1986)

Joe Gower's job is skating through library shelves, fetching books. A police officer and friend of his is chosen to participate in a charity dance performance. Gower agrees to take his ... See full summary »

Director:

Michael Dinner

Writers:

Dezsö Magyar (story), Mark Medoff (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Judge Reinhold ... Joe Gower
Meg Tilly ... Rachel Wareham
Cleavant Derricks ... Abe Washington
Joe Mantegna ... Pete Peterson
Jacques d'Amboise Jacques d'Amboise ... August
Amy Wright ... Mary Ellen Gruenwald
John Turturro ... Neil Pepper
James Tolkan ... Harry
Julie Bovasso ... Mrs. Wareham
Anthony Zerbe ... Mr. Wareham
Fred Gwynne ... The Commissioner
Harvey Keitel ... Mickey
Victor Argo ... Leon
Austin Pendleton ... Gun Shop Salesman
Penn Jillette ... Norman
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Storyline

Joe Gower's job is skating through library shelves, fetching books. A police officer and friend of his is chosen to participate in a charity dance performance. Gower agrees to take his place in the show by posing as a police officer. He falls for a female officer in the show, and gets into various scrapes with fellow cops and also crooks, and he dances. Written by Melissa Portell <mportell@s-cwis.unomaha.edu>

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This year's most arresting comedy. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 April 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Policía por error See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,011,192, 13 April 1986

Gross USA:

$4,842,778

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,842,778
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Mark Medoff: The film's screenwriter, playwright Mark Medoff, as Sergeant Tegher. See more »

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Referenced in Video Violence (1987) See more »

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Down On the Corner
By John Fogerty
Performed by Creedence Clearwater Revival
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Don't tell anyone, but I didn't mind it.
20 June 2017 | by BA_HarrisonSee all my reviews

Judge Reinhold stars as librarian Joe Gower, who owes his cop pal Abe (Cleavant Derricks) a favour after unwittingly blowing an undercover drugs bust. So when Abe is chosen by his boss to take part in a police charity dance show, he gets Joe to take his place; at first Joe is reluctant to take part, but eventually he learns to loosen up and enjoy himself, especially after falling for pretty dance partner, hostage negotiator Rachel Wareham (Meg Tilly).

A gentle, PG-rated rom-com starring a prancing Judge Reinhold finds its way into my DVD 'to watch' pile, causing me to momentarily slip into Austin Powers mode (That's not mine! I'm telling you baby, that's not mine. This sort of thing ain't my bag, baby!). Then I remember: I was given the DVD as part of a freebie job lot by a work colleague, who was moving to the States, so I feel a little bit better about myself.

I watch the film so that I can add it to my pile of films destined for the local charity shop, and am surprised to find that it isn't all that bad. Not great, mind you, and not a 'keeper' (it's still going down the charro), but pleasant enough for a one-time viewing. Don't expect any outrageous, off the wall comedy (as the blurb on the cover promises)—there isn't any (unless the sight of Reinhold in Lycra counts). Do expect some mildly amusing silliness, a spot of heartwarming romance, and lots of familiar faces (the supporting cast including Joe Mantegna, Harvey Keitel, Fred Gwynne, John Turturro, and magician Penn Jillette).

5.5/10, rounded up to 6 for IMDb.


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