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Kindergarten Cop [1990]
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Director:Ivan Reitman
Writer:Herschel Weingrod
Murray Salem
Timothy Harris
Composer:Randy Edelman
Length:111 minutes
(1 hour 51 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG-13
Sorting Category:Comedy
IMDB Rating:6.0/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:51%
Amazon Rating:4.5/5 stars
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  • Action
  • Family
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Synopsis: A tough cop is given his most difficult assignment ever: to masquerade as a kindergarten teacher in order to find a drug dealer.


Reaction: It's not Schwarzenegger's finest movie, but it's fun to see the fish-out-of-water elements of the giant, tough cop in charge of a class of kindergarteners.


Personal Rating: 6/10

Select Cast and Crew
Ivan Reitman => Director
Herschel Weingrod => Writer
Murray Salem => Writer
Timothy Harris => Writer
Randy Edelman => Composer
Adam Wylie => Larry
Alix Koromzay => Cindy
Angela Bassett => Stewardess
Arnold Schwarzenegger => Detective John Kimble
Ben Diskin => Sylvester
Ben McCreary => Lowell
Brian Wagner => William
Carroll Baker => Eleanor Crisp
Cathy Moriarty => Sylvester's Mother
Christian Cousins => Dominic Palmieri / Cullen Crisp, Jr.
Emily Ann Lloyd => Jennifer
Heidi Swedberg => Joshua's Mother
Jason Reitman => Kissing Boy
Jayne Brook => Zach's Mother
John Christian Graas => Kevin (as John Graas)
John Hammil => Zach's Father
Joseph Cousins => Dominic Palmieri / Cullen Crisp, Jr.
Krystle Mataras => Rina
Linda Hunt => Miss Schlowski
Marissa Rosen => Samantha
Miko Hughes => Joseph
Odette Annable => Rosa (as Odette Yustman)
Pamela Reed => Detective Phoebe O'Hara
Park Overall => Samantha's Mother
Penelope Ann Miller => Rachel Crisp / Joyce Palmieri
Richard Portnow => Captain Salazar
Richard Tyson => Cullen Crisp, Sr.
Rick Jones => Keisha's Father
Ross Malinger => Harvey
Sarah Rose Karr => Emma
Tiffany Mataras => Tina
Tom Kurlander => Danny

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Cameo - Jason Reitman: Ivan Reitman's son has a cameo as the boy making out with the girl that Kimble interrupts during the real fire drill.
  • Owning a pet ferret, like Kimble does, is illegal in California - a ban which former governor Arnold Schwarzenegger supported.
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger had a few conditions before accepting the role of John Kimble; he wanted Ivan Reitman to direct the film, he wanted a physical fitness theme, and he and Reitman wanted broken homes, child abuse and family life written into the script.
  • Bill Murray and Patrick Swayze were originally offered the role of John Kimble. Danny DeVito was also considered, but was not given the part due to his height.
  • The poem that Kimble reads to the children before nap time is "Spring Morning" from A.A. Milne's book When We Were Very Young, with illustrations by [?] Ernest Shepard.
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger worked with Pamela Reed again in the movie Junior. Reed portrayed a pregnant woman with a big appetite, quite similar to her character in this movie.
  • The script for Kindergarten Cop appealed to Arnold Schwarzenegger after he became a father in 1989.
  • Kimble swears in German as he carries his colleague into the house. ("Das macht mich stinksauer! Jetzt bin ich sauer!", which means "That makes me pissed as hell! Now I am pissed!").
  • In most of his films Arnold Schwarzenegger plays a character of Anglo-Irish descent (Quaid, Tasker, Gibson, Brewer, Trench, Owens, etc.) while speaking with his trademark Austrian accent. This movie contains a rare occasion where the accent is acknowledged and explained within the story rather than simply ignored.
  • Kindergarten Cop was postponed until Christmas, 1990 because Ivan Reitman was still working on Ghostbusters II for Christmas, 1989.
  • Dominic has [The Real Ghost Busters] sheets. Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II were directed by Ivan Reitman.
  • Odette Annable's film debut; she was five years old.
  • Miko Hughes' character name, Joseph Cousins, is the real name of one of the boys who plays young Dominic (he was played by twins Joseph Cousins and Christian Cousins).
  • The character of Emma (Sarah Rose Karr) is named after director Ivan Reitman's own daughter, Emma.