Short Time (1990)

“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. ” – Burt Simpson

Number of Times Seen – 1 (23 Feb 2022)

Brief Synopsis – A detective, days before retirement is incorrectly told that he has days to live and does all he can to get killed in the line of duty so his wife can get the insurance.

My Take on it – Great premise that works quite well here.

Dabney Coleman is perfectly cast in the lead role and helps make things feel even more believable.

Matt Frewer is so much fun as his partner.

The way that they show a character who begins to re-evaluate his life following a medical notification is done very profoundly because it’s easy to understand his thoughts on the subject which in turn helps with the character arc that is presented.

The villains aren’t very good, but that is beyond the point here because it’s more important to care for this character than to deal with the various crimes he tries to get involved in while wanting to end his career and life.

The story allows the viewer to get a great perspective on life and that helps so much in making things more engaging and enjoyable throughout.

Loved seeing Teri Garr in an important supporting role here because she adds another level to the way things play out.


MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The building at the climax of the movie is the same one used in the climax of True Lies (1994) and many of the shots are similar to this later film. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)


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