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Director: Gregg Champion

Cast: Dabney Coleman, Matt Frewer, Teri Garr

 
Gregg Champion, the son of dance stars Marge and Gower Champion, made his feature film directorial debut with this sitcom-influenced cop comedy. Dabney Coleman stars as Burt Simpson, a police detective one week short of retirement, who is told he has a rare blood disease called Wechsler's Curtain and that he will be dead within two weeks. Before receiving the dire

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Gregg Champion, the son of dance stars Marge and Gower Champion, made his feature film directorial debut with this sitcom-influenced cop comedy. Dabney Coleman stars as Burt Simpson, a police detective one week short of retirement, who is told he has a rare blood disease called Wechsler's Curtain and that he will be dead within two weeks. Before receiving the dire news, Burt was the kind of guy who made it a point to be cautious when in pursuit of criminals. He also was unable to tell his wife (Teri Garr) that he loved her. But now that he has only two weeks to live, Burt undergoes a complete personality reversal -- much to the shock of his partner Ernie Dills (Matt Frewer). Burt throws his well-known caution to the wind and volunteers for double-duty in the city's most dangerous neighborhood to take on the notorious psychotic Carl Stark (Xander Berkeley). The reason for this sudden turnaround? Burt figures that if he is killed in the line of duty, his son can go to Harvard on the $320,000 worth of department insurance, rather than die after retirement and collect a paltry $22,000 on his regular insurance policy. Paradoxically, Burt finds that comedy is easy but dying is hard.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/14/1993
UPC:
0012236892236
Original Release:
1990
Source:
Live / Artisan

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dabney Coleman Burt Simpson
Matt Frewer Ernie Dills
Teri Garr Carolyn Simpson
Barry Corbin Captain
Joe Pantoliano Scalese
Xander Berkeley Carl Stark
Rob Roy Dan Miller
Kaj-Erik Eriksen Dougie Simpson
Deejay Jackson Spivak
Shawn Clements Older Dougie
Kimelly Anne Warren Soap Opera Woman
Tony Pantages Vito
Sam Malkin Hostage
Wes Tritter Coffin Salesman
Kim Kondrashoff Michael Lutz
Paul Jarrett Jonas Lutz
Paul Batten Dr. Goldman
Kevin McNulty Dr. Drexler
Betty Phillips Clerk
Jack Ammon Elderly Man
Enid Saunders Elderly Woman
Dwight Koss Car Salesman
Russell J. Roberts Waiter
Meredith Bain Woodward Psychiatrist
Brenda Crichlow Nurse
Gillian Barber Nurse
J. McRee Elrod Priest
Tony Morelli Stark's Cohort
Gene Heck Stark's Cohort
Jack Bastow Sidewalk Preacher
Beverly Hendry Soap Opera Policewoman
Peter Yunker Soap Opera Man
Jack Little Hospital Cop
Jay Brazeau Cop
Gordon Doerkson Cop
Jerry Wasserman Cop
Alvin Sanders Cop
Fred Perron Cop
David Symons Cop
Steven Wright Helicopter Pilot

Technical Credits
Gregg Champion Director
Michael Berry Screenwriter
Todd Black Producer
John Blumenthal Screenwriter
Michael S. Bolton Production Designer
Michael Borofsky Executive Producer
Lynne Carrow Casting
John Connor Cinematographer
Rob Cowan Co-producer
Rory Cutler Special Effects
Jayne Dancose Makeup
William Davies Screenwriter
Eric Fraser Art Director
Malcolm R. Harding Producer
Gwendolyn Margetson Set Decoration/Design
Frank Morriss Editor
Ira Newborn Score Composer
William Osborne Screenwriter
Conrad Palmisano Stunts
Derek Power Musical Direction/Supervision
Gary Ross Screenwriter
Christopher Ryan Costumes/Costume Designer
Steve Winwood Songwriter
Joe Wizan Executive Producer

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