Off Beat

Last Updated on: October 18th, 2023

off beat 1986 touchstone movie“Off Beat” is a 1986 comedy film directed by Michael Dinner. The movie stars Judge Reinhold as Joe Gower, a young librarian who has always dreamed of becoming a police officer. However, he fails the police academy training due to his physical limitations. Disheartened, he takes a job as a librarian but still dreams of being a cop.

One day, while at the library, Joe witnesses a gang of criminals stealing a valuable rare book. Feeling a sense of duty and wanting to prove himself, he decides to track down the thieves and recover the stolen book. Joe’s investigation leads him to a group of misfit officers who were fired from the police force for various reasons.

Together, Joe and this group of eccentric former cops form an unconventional team and set out to catch the criminals and retrieve the stolen book. Along the way, they encounter hilarious and unpredictable situations, adding humor and charm to the film.

“Off Beat” is known for its quirky humor, lovable characters, and witty dialogue. Judge Reinhold delivers a charming and endearing performance as the determined librarian turned amateur detective. The chemistry and camaraderie among the ensemble cast contribute to the film’s appeal.

The movie blends elements of comedy, action, and adventure, creating an enjoyable and lighthearted viewing experience. It offers a fresh take on the police buddy comedy genre, with a group of misfit characters coming together to achieve a common goal.

While “Off Beat” received mixed reviews from critics upon its release, it has gained a cult following over the years due to its nostalgic charm and unique premise. The film’s theme of following one’s dreams and never giving up on one’s aspirations resonates with audiences of all ages.

Overall, “Off Beat” remains a delightful and fun-filled comedy that showcases Judge Reinhold’s comedic talent and delivers an entertaining and memorable cinematic experience. It is a movie that continues to be appreciated by fans of classic ’80s comedies and those looking for a heartwarming and amusing story.

Off Beat

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  • off beat 1986 touchstone movieJudge Reinhold: Joe Gower
  • Meg Tilly: Rachel Wareham
  • John Turturro: Pepper
  • Cleavant Derricks: Abe Washington
  • Harvey Keitel: Mickey
  • Joe Mantegna: Pete Peterson
  • Amy Wright: Mary Ellen
  • Anthony Zerbe: Mr. Wareham
  • Julie Bovasso: Mrs. Wareham
  • Penn Jillette: Norman
  • Mel Winkler: Earl
  • Irving Metzman: Deluca
  • Mike Starr: James Bonnell
  • Shawn Elliott: Hector
  • Stanley Simmonds: Pud
  • Nancy Giles: Celestine
  • Paul Butler: Jordan
  • John Kapelos: Lou Wareham
  • William Sadler: Dickson
  • Chris Noth: Ely Wareham Jr.
  • Austin Pendleton: Gun Shop Salesman


  • Director: Michael Dinner
  • Producer: Joe Roth and Harry J. Ufland
  • Music: James Horner

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