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Kindergarten Cop (1990)

PG-13 | | Action, Comedy, Crime | 21 December 1990 (USA)
A tough cop must pose as a kindergarten teacher in order to locate a dangerous criminal's ex-wife, who may hold the key to putting him behind bars.

Director:

Ivan Reitman

Writers:

Murray Salem (story), Murray Salem (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Arnold Schwarzenegger ... Kimble
Penelope Ann Miller ... Joyce
Pamela Reed ... Phoebe
Linda Hunt ... Miss Schlowski
Richard Tyson ... Crisp
Carroll Baker ... Eleanor Crisp
Joseph Cousins ... Dominic
Christian Cousins ... Dominic
Cathy Moriarty ... Sylvester's Mother
Park Overall ... Samantha's Mother
Jayne Brook ... Zach's Mother
Richard Portnow ... Captain Salazar
Tom Kurlander Tom Kurlander ... Danny
Alix Koromzay ... Cindy
Betty Lou Henson Betty Lou Henson ... Keisha's Mother
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Storyline

After numerous fruitless attempts, the veteran LAPD Detective, John Kimble, has one last chance to put behind bars once and for all the elusive drug kingpin, Cullen Crisp, who is trying to find the whereabouts of his son and his ex-wife who run away with millions of dollars. In high hopes of picking up clues, the massive officer finds himself at a bustling elementary school in Astoria, Oregon, posing as a substitute kindergarten teacher; however, to keep up the ruse without blowing his cover, John must keep under control a noisy classroom full of intimidating five-year-old adversaries. Can Kimble show them who's boss? Written by Nick Riganas

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Taglines:

As an undercover cop... he's in a class by himself. See more »

Genres:

Action | Comedy | Crime

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Trivia

When Rosa (Odette Annable) tells about her Daddy she standing right next to an inflatable dinosaur resembling Godzilla, Annable later starred in a similar movie 18 years later in Cloverfield (2008). See more »

Goofs

John and Phoebe travel on an MD-80 aircraft. There are five seats per row in these planes, but the set was constructed with six. See more »

Quotes

Phoebe: [advising Kimble on how to be a teacher] Listen, Kimble, you've got to handle this like any other police situation. You walk into it showing fear, you're dead. And those kids know you're scared.
Detective John Kimble: [looks at her a moment, then nods] No fear.
Phoebe: No fear.
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Crazy Credits

At the beginning of the film, the opening credits are used with written straight-line colors See more »

Alternate Versions

In the TV version Joyce says to John "There is no money, you stupid jerk." In the theatrical release she says "There is no money, you son of a bitch." See more »

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Referenced in At the Movies: The Worst Films of 1996 (1997) See more »

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The Party Starts Now!
Music by Andy Shernoff
Performed by Manitoba's Wild Kingdom
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Cute for an afternoon escape from reality
3 August 2005 | by spiritedmaiden777See all my reviews

Love to see this film over and over again. I find this was a turning point for Mr. Schwarzengger as an actor...the challenge of being on "the wave" inter-acting with children. The scenic area of the Pacific Northwest also was a plus to the film. Caroll Baker as "Mother Tyson" is a great villainess. Wish I had viewed some of her work. The white streak in her hair, was a great flash back to "Cruella De Ville". Richard Tyson as "Crisp" also plays a smarmy character. Love the contrast of short Linda Hunt's Principal to tall Kimble. Yet Linda proved she could project herself as more formidable than Arnold Schwarzenegger. I also loved the comic timing Broadway's Pamela Reed brought to the film. Her character's pragmatism to Kimble's take it all on, made for another good contrast. Overall the film is good for the whole family or a solitary rainy afternoon escape.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish | German

Release Date:

21 December 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,918,560, 23 December 1990

Gross USA:

$91,457,688

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$201,957,688
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (DeLuxe)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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