Kindergarten Cop

Kindergarten Cop

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Director: Ivan Reitman

Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Penelope Ann Miller, Pamela Reed


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Arnold Schwarzenegger sheds his action image in Ivan Reitman's police comedy Kindergarten Cop, where he plays an undercover cop teaching a class of hyperactive six-year-olds. As the film begins, John Kimble (Schwarzenegger) and his partner Phoebe O'Hara (Pamela Reed) are in pursuit of notorious drug dealer Cullen Crisp (Richard Tyson) and his scabrous mother…  See more details below


Arnold Schwarzenegger sheds his action image in Ivan Reitman's police comedy Kindergarten Cop, where he plays an undercover cop teaching a class of hyperactive six-year-olds. As the film begins, John Kimble (Schwarzenegger) and his partner Phoebe O'Hara (Pamela Reed) are in pursuit of notorious drug dealer Cullen Crisp (Richard Tyson) and his scabrous mother Eleanor (Carroll Baker). John learns Cullen is searching for his ex-wife and his little boy, and Kimble plans to nail them when they find the former wife, who is believed to have $3 million of Cullen's drug profits. John and Phoebe follow the trail to Astoria, Oregon, where they believe Cullen's son is attending kindergarten. Although the child and his mother have changed names, John hopes they can pick up some clues. By coincidence, Phoebe used to be a schoolteacher and the school board permits her teach the kindergarten class, but Phoebe gets food poisoning and John is forced to teach the six-year-old whippersnappers himself. Along with lighthearted gags with the kids and the pursuit of the drug dealers, John has time for a little romance when he falls in love with one of the teachers (Penelope Ann Miller), who ends up surprising him with more than love.

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All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
Comic director Ivan Reitman has a field day with this infectious comedy that only goes awry in an alarmingly violent finale that nearly derails all of the fun that's preceded it. Although he has frequently attempted comic roles with limited success, star Arnold Schwarzenegger is a hit here, perhaps because he's lampooning rather than playing against his own muscle-bound, tough guy persona. He's the straight man, allowing the toddlers to take center stage, a generous and unusual creative decision that is mined repeatedly for big laughs. Easily the best scenes in the film feature the star attempting to remain patient with a classroom full of school children, an irresistible idea and the high-concept engine driving the film, which Reitman wisely never forgets. It's only in a climax featuring gunplay and five-year-olds in serious jeopardy that the film strays badly off key, momentarily wrecking the fragile suspension of disbelief that has allowed the Terminator to be seen teaching kids their ABC's. For the majority of its running time, however, Kindergarten Cop (1990) is hilarious and good-natured, an enjoyable frolic that casts an action star with limited artistic range in a creatively different light.

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Performance Credits
Arnold Schwarzenegger John Kimble
Penelope Ann Miller Joyce Paulmarie
Pamela Reed Phoebe O'Hara
Linda Hunt Miss Schlowski
Richard Tyson Cullen Crisp
Carroll Baker Eleanor Crisp
Joseph Cousins Dominic Paulmarie
Christian Cousins Dominic Paulmarie
Bethany Jaye Allyn Catherine
Medha Garg Latiana
John Christian Graas Kevin
Gary Hollis Superintendent Rice
Jim Jim Jackson Sedgewinn
Rick Jones Samantha's Father
Zachary March Nick
Amber Reaves Mary
Stephen Root Sheriff
Anthony Wong Tom
Cathy Moriarty Sylvester's Mother
Park Overall Samantha's Mother
Jayne Brook Zach's Mother
Richard Portnow Capt. Salazar
Tom Kurlander Danny
Alix Koromzay Cindy
Betty Lou Henson Keisha's Mother
Heidi Swedberg Joshua's Mother
Bob Nelson Henry
Molly Cleator Schlowski's Assistant
Gene Elman Judge
Susan Burns Waitress
Tom Dugan Crisp's Lawyer
Roma Manicurist
Jason Stuart Male Hairstylist
Kim Delgado Security Guard
Ray Glanzmann Security Guard
Ed Crick Security Guard
Angela Bassett Stewardess
Chi Muoi Lo Dope Dealer
John Hammil Zach's Father
Stephen Park Asst. to Salazar
Charlie Holliday Customer - Daryl
Galen Yuen Low Life
Terry Golden Low Life #3
Lee Dupree Low Life #4
Michael Chapman Firefighter
Peter Mark Vasquez Street Tough
Leo Lee Street Tough
Catherine Reitman 3rd Grade Student
Tiffany Reaves Kissing Girl
Jason Reitman Jason
Anne Merrem Nurse
Justin Page Zach
Peter Rakow Joshua
Sarah Rose Karr Emma
Marissa Rosen Samantha
Ben McCreary Lowell
Miko Hughes Joseph
Robert Cave John
Ben Diskin Sylvester
Tameka Runnels Keisha
Brian Wagner William
Ian Baumer Sam
Amy Wald Sarah
Tiffany Mataras Tina
Krystle Mataras Rina
James Chance Matthew
Adam Wylie Larry
Nicole Nagorsky Heather
Ross Malinger Harvey
Odette Yustman Rosa
Tina Hart Dorothy
Emily Ann Lloyd Jennifer
Haley Urman Courtney
Remone Bradley Erwin
Frankie Avina Low Life #2

Technical Credits
Ivan Reitman Director,Producer
Alan Berger Casting
Wendy Greene Bricmont Editor
Michael Chapman Cinematographer
Ken Chase Makeup
Jeff Dawn Makeup
Randy Edelman Score Composer
Brian Grazer Producer
Gloria Gresham Costumes/Costume Designer
Michael J. Gross Producer
Timothy Harris Screenwriter
Sheldon Kahn Editor,Producer
Joel Kramer Stunts
Richard Mays Art Director
Anne McCulley Set Decoration/Design
Joe Medjuck Producer
Mario Roberts Stunts
Bruno Rubeo Production Designer
Murray Salem Screenwriter
Gordon A. Webb Producer
Herschel Weingrod Screenwriter

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Kindergarten Cop 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a father of 3 and legal guardian of a Brazilian youth soccer team I am constantly on the lookout for good family films. This film has everything you need! Arnold Schwartznegger shows his true character (gentle giant) in this showstopper. Everything from quirky jokes to ferret attacks make this movie one to own. It is also educational to children who may have a problem with authority and are ''loaded''.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I give this movie three stars with a certain degree of hesitation. Although the story is heartwarming and ultimately redeeming, those who chose to watch this film should be aware that the levels of anger displayed by Arnold Schwartzenegger are betimes frightening to an adult, let alone a child for whom this movie is intended. I criticize those who casually dub Shwarzenegger a ''gentle giant'', the name so approriately describing such sweet heavyweights as Andre the Giant and Louie Anderson. I ask that such callous people observe Arnold's mad grimacing and inane German-babble. Then they will think twice. But Linda Hunt is so great - what a cute and talented wee one she is!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is one of the funniest kid movies out there. While there is a serious side and plot, there are also some of the funniest scenes you will ever see that take place in the classroom. Putting kids in a room with Arnold is just funny in itself. You should definitely see this movie!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ok, the movie is good for people 16+, but come on.. this movie is NOT a great family movie! If you care less that your kids watch momma make a profit off of selling drugs and a principal who condones kicking the hell out of a father, then you CANT complain when your own kids have the idea that it's ok to do the same. A word of advise, watch it yourself, not with your kids.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this is a very good movie a man goes undercover as a kindergarden teacher the kids drive him wild kindergarden is like the ocean you don't want to turn your back away from it that was a line in this movie which is true children are the future sure they can be a hand full but you can love and care for them warning this movie may not be so good for young children to watch cause of bad language and some vilonce but if your about 12 or older than its okay to watch 1990 was the year that this movie came out i was 5 back then i know some of the kids who played in this movie are probably in their 20's about 23 25 or possible 22 just make sure you ask your parents if you can watch this movie its a great movie!!!!