Off Beat (1986 film)
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Michael Dinner|
|Produced by||Joe Roth|
Harry J. Ufland
|Screenplay by||Mark Medoff|
|Story by||Dezsö Magyar|
|Music by||James Horner|
|Cinematography||Carlo Di Palma|
|Edited by||Dede Allen|
|Distributed by||Buena Vista Distribution|
|Box office||$4,117,061 (USA)|
This article needs an improved plot summary. (October 2015)
Joe Gower is a likable librarian who glides around his job on roller skates. He has a strict boss, Mr. Pepper, and a good friend who's a cop, Abe Washington.
A mistake he makes inadvertently messes up Washington's undercover work. Joe now owes him a favor, but is unprepared for what Washington wants. A police charity event needs officers to dress in drag, but because Washington wants no part of that, he asks Joe to take his place.
A reluctant Joe decides to go through with the audition, expecting to be so bad that he won't be cast in the show. When he goes there and meets an attractive policewoman, Rachel Wareham, it changes everything. Joe not only does the show, he continues to keep from Rachel the fact that he's not a real cop.
As luck would have it, Joe finds himself in the midst of actual crimes. He encounters criminals, like bank robber Mickey, and is caught in a crossfire as to which would be worse, being exposed as someone impersonating a police officer or being shot by a crook.
- Judge Reinhold as Joe Gower
- Meg Tilly as Rachel Wareham
- John Turturro as Pepper
- Cleavant Derricks as Abe Washington
- Harvey Keitel as Mickey
- Joe Mantegna as Pete Peterson
- Amy Wright as Mary Ellen
- Anthony Zerbe as Mr. Wareham
- Julie Bovasso as Mrs. Wareham
- Penn Jillette as Norman
- Mel Winkler as Earl
- Irving Metzman as Deluca
- Mike Starr as James Bonnell
- Shawn Elliott as Hector
- Stanley Simmonds as Pud
- Nancy Giles as Celestine
- Paul Butler as Jordan
- John Kapelos as Lou Wareham
- William Sadler as Dickson (as Bill Sadler)
- Chris Noth as Ely Wareham Jr. (as Christopher Noth)
- Austin Pendleton as Gun Shop Salesman
Reinhold later said the film was "a little love story they tried to sell as a ... comedy. It wasn't marketed right. It wasn't a Police Academy clone movie, (but) people got the impression that it was. It was a pretty tame movie, by those standards, but I was proud of it."