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"Getting killed isn't as easy as it looks."

Short Time is an action comedy film produced by Michael Borofsky, Bruce McNall and Joe Wizan. The film was released in 1990 and runs for 97 minutes. Short Time stars Burt Simpson, a detective from Seattle. He is so preoccupied with worrying about the future that he cannot live in the moment and appreciate what he currently has, and this causes tension in his marriage and in his family life with his young son. But one day, a mistake at the hospital causes Burt to mistakenly think that he has only two weeks left to live. He then learns that his family will collect a much larger payout if he is killed while on duty as opposed to dying of natural causes. Burt then hatches a plan to be killed while on the job.

Burt’s first attempt at his own demise focuses on a crime of domestic disturbance. Burt responds to the call in the hopes that it will lead to violence, but it turns out to be nothing serious. Later on, Burt pursues suspects in a violent car chase, but ultimately survives. Burt then gets involved in a standoff with a hostage-taker. But thanks to Burt’s sudden appreciation for life, he manages to persuade the armed man to surrender.

When he is not on duty, Burt tries to make the most of his last days by spending time with his family and living in the moment. He also tells his partner how much he enjoys working with him. Taken aback by Burt's sudden change in attitude, his partner looks into what might be the cause and soon learns of his incorrect diagnosis. He then attempts to stop Burt from trying to end his own life by revealing the truth.

Short Time stars Dabney Coleman, Matt Frewer and Teri Garr. The film was written by Michael Berry and John Blumenthal, and directed by Gregg Champion.

| 1990 | 1 hr 37 min | 6.4/10
Gregg Champion
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