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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 »

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Comedy | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 May 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Short Time 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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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

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: Help me.
Burt Simpson: You got to be kidding
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Connections

Spoofs Safety Last! (1923) 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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Blakespot Reviews: Short Time
15 July 2006 | by TimeForChillieSee all my reviews

Short Time, 5/10, 23rd best movie of 1990, 332nd of the 1990s, 842nd all time I had actually really wanted to see this movie for a long time. I had seen a preview for it when I watched some movie in high school and thought it was a good idea for a movie. I was actually going to order it on netflix but nobody ever bothered to put it on DVD. But while I was looking for something to watch at my girlfriends the other day I saw it was on show time. It's about a Cop who finds out he has a terminal desiease. He is uneffected now, but will be dead in 3 months. He can collect insurance in the amount of 250,000 dollars for his family, but the thing is, he has to die on the job. Thus he starts taking ridiculous chances on the job, but keeps accidentally succeding, and getting all these commendations for bravery when all he wants to do is get killed. Now I thought this sounded like a very funny idea for a movie. And while I still feel the premise was very good, the movie isn't really done very well. There is one ridiculously funny 10 minute car chase scene which I feel shows exactly how good this movie could have been, and single-handedly bumped this movie up from a low four to a low five. But other than that I think this movie is mostly a lot of lost potential.


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