6.4/10
1,942
20 user 10 critic

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
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Two con men hide out in a house while the owner is away; one of them assumes the identity of the absent house sitter when the owner's relatives come to visit, only for further complications to set in.

Director: Donald Petrie
Stars: Dana Carvey, Robert Loggia, Todd Graff
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Brian and Charlie work for a gangster. When their boss learns they want to "leave", he sets them up to be killed, after they help rob the local Triads of their drug dealing profits. They ... See full summary »

Director: Jonathan Lynn
Stars: Eric Idle, Robbie Coltrane, Camille Coduri
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

The escaped delinquent John W. Burns, Jr. replaces Dr. Maitlin on a radio show, saying he's the psychiatrist Lawrence Baird. His tactless radio show is a hit, and he becomes very popular. ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Ritchie
Stars: Dan Aykroyd, Walter Matthau, Charles Grodin
Let It Ride (1989)
Comedy | Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A nosy cab driver gets a hot tip on a race horse and wins big, but he can't seem to stop gambling. Will he go broke or walk home with a pretty penny?

Director: Joe Pytka
Stars: Richard Dreyfuss, Teri Garr, David Johansen
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

Con man Kevin Lennihan, framed in a jewel smuggling, tries for an insanity plea, and is sent to a hospital for review, where he is confused for a doctor and takes over the hospital when a major storm hits.

Director: Michael Apted
Stars: Richard Pryor, Rachel Ticotin, Rubén Blades
Protocol (1984)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

The US needs to convince the visiting emir Khala'ad of Othar to allow an American military base in his strategic realm. Clueless nightclub waitress Sunny Ann Davis accidentally spots and ... See full summary »

Director: Herbert Ross
Stars: Goldie Hawn, Chris Sarandon, Richard Romanus
Comedy | Fantasy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

Jealous, harried air traffic controller Max Fiedler, recently dumped by his girlfriend, comes into contact with nuclear waste and is granted the power of telekinesis, which he uses not only to win her back, but to gain a little revenge.

Director: Ken Shapiro
Stars: Chevy Chase, Patti D'Arbanville, Dabney Coleman
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Wrongfully accused of a bank robbery, a writer seeks the help of his ex-wife, who is now married to the soon-to-be D.A. of California.

Director: Jay Sandrich
Stars: Goldie Hawn, Chevy Chase, Charles Grodin
Flashback (1990)
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

In 1989, clean-cut FBI man John Buckner is detailed to escort heavily-bearded Huey Walker back to jail for offenses dating back to his days as a celebrated hippie radical. After Walker ... See full summary »

Director: Franco Amurri
Stars: Dennis Hopper, Kiefer Sutherland, Carol Kane
Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A reformed bank robber is taken hostage by a desperate man during a bank hold up, but is forced to go on the run with his captor when they're both mistakenly thought to be in cahoots.

Director: Francis Veber
Stars: Nick Nolte, Martin Short, Sarah Rowland Doroff
18 Again! (1988)
Comedy | Fantasy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

By means of an accident the soul of David and his swinging grandfather get swapped. While the grandfather's body is still in coma, he enjoys having a young body again and repairs some facts... See full summary »

Director: Paul Flaherty
Stars: Charlie Schlatter, George Burns, Tony Roberts
Sunset (1988)
Crime | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Tom Mix and Wyatt Earp team up to solve a murder at the Academy Awards in 1929 Hollywood.

Director: Blake Edwards
Stars: Bruce Willis, James Garner, Malcolm McDowell
Edit

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
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 May 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Asesíneme, por favor See more »

Edit

Box Office

Gross USA:

$4,010,647
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Gladden Entertainment See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

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

The movie takes place in Seattle, but there are freeway signs that mention Vancouver. The movie was filmed in Vancouver, Canada. See more »

Quotes

Burt Simpson: You can't spend your whole life planning what'll make you happy tomorrow or you'll never be happy today. You've got to do it now.
See more »

Connections

Featured in At the Movies: They'll Do It Every Time: Part Two (1992) See more »

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
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

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


1 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 20 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed