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Off Beat (1986)

Joe Gower's job is skating through library shelves, fetching books. A police officer and friend of his is chosen to participate in a charity dance performance. Gower agrees to take his ... See full summary »

Director:

Michael Dinner

Writers:

Dezsö Magyar (story), Mark Medoff (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Judge Reinhold ... Joe Gower
Meg Tilly ... Rachel Wareham
Cleavant Derricks ... Abe Washington
Joe Mantegna ... Pete Peterson
Jacques d'Amboise Jacques d'Amboise ... August
Amy Wright ... Mary Ellen Gruenwald
John Turturro ... Neil Pepper
James Tolkan ... Harry
Julie Bovasso ... Mrs. Wareham
Anthony Zerbe ... Mr. Wareham
Fred Gwynne ... The Commissioner
Harvey Keitel ... Mickey
Victor Argo ... Leon
Austin Pendleton ... Gun Shop Salesman
Penn Jillette ... Norman
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Joe Gower's job is skating through library shelves, fetching books. A police officer and friend of his is chosen to participate in a charity dance performance. Gower agrees to take his place in the show by posing as a police officer. He falls for a female officer in the show, and gets into various scrapes with fellow cops and also crooks, and he dances. Written by Melissa Portell <mportell@s-cwis.unomaha.edu>

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Trivia

First produced screenplay for a cinema movie by Mark Medoff since When You Comin' Back, Red Ryder? (1979). See more »

Connections

Referenced in Death Wish 4: The Crackdown (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

Pleasure & Pain
By Holly Knight and Mike Chapman
Performed by Divinyls (as Divinyls)
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Off is Right
6 March 2020 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Happy-go-lucky Joe Gower (Judge Reinhold) is a rollerskating New York City librarian. His idiocy causes trouble for his policeman best friend Abe Washington (Cleavant Derricks). Abe is forced to tryout for a police charity performance as punishment. He sends in Gower to impersonate him. Instead of quickly failing out of the tryout, Gower falls for policewoman Rachel Wareham (Meg Tilly) and joins the charity troupe. Also joining the group is Rachel's angry ex Pete Peterson (Joe Mantegna). Gower impersonating a police officer eventually causes problems.

This is trying to be wacky funny but there is a disconnect with the subject matter. It sucks the comedy right out of the movie. First, Gower is a bit annoying. If he's a girl, Gower could play it off as a dumb blonde. The first scene is his idiocy allowing a criminal to escape. It's a little quirky but really bad if you think about it. Then there is the impersonating police. That's not a good thing. It doesn't help that he's so nonchalant about it. It's really infuriating. I usually like Judge but not here. Why is he wearing the uniform in public? Why would Abe continue to allow him to borrow his uniform? Every time he dismisses Abe's concern is like a knife jabbing in my ear. Wouldn't other cops notice that he doesn't have a gun? Him buying a gun does not help. I expected the idiot to shoot himself or worst someone else. How do you convict a car thief with only an anonymous note? This is not a movie fit for thinking deeply. The more I think about it, the less I like this.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

11 April 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Policía por error See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$2,011,192, 13 April 1986

Gross USA:

$4,842,778

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,842,778
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1.85 : 1
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