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The 12 Jun 1990 HR noted that principal photography began 31 May 1990. According to production notes in AMPAS library files, the cast and crew filmed around Astoria, OR, for the first month, then returned to Los Angeles, CA, where the motel and elementary school interiors were shot at Universal City Studios. Other locations included “skid row” in downtown Los Angeles, Grand Central Market, and the MainPlace Mall in Santa Ana, CA. The 3 Aug 1990 HR reported that the $26-million production “pumped approximately $1.2 million into Astoria’s economy.” The 18 Jun 1990 Oregonian in Portland, OR, stated that the picturesque John Jacob Astor Elementary School at 3550 Franklin Avenue, overlooking the Columbia River, was “a key factor” in the production’s choice to shoot in Astoria. According to the 21 Jan 1991 People, many students from kindergarten through fourth grade at John Jacob Astor Elementary School worked as extras for $35 a day.
       The 24 Nov 1989 and 15 Dec 1989 editions of The Vancouver Sun reported that Imagine Films originally negotiated to film Kindergarten Cop in Vancouver, British Columbia, but Canadian production manager Paul Tucker accused the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees union (I.A.T.S.E.) Local 891 of refusing to take a cut to film crew wages.
       “John Kimble” reads A. A. Milne’s poem, “Spring Morning,” from the 1924 book, When We Were Young, to his kindergarten class.
       The 16 Oct 1996 Wall Street Journal reported that Kindergarten Cop grossed $91.5 million domestically and an additional $110.5 million overseas. The Feb 1996 Playboy noted that the ... More Less

The 12 Jun 1990 HR noted that principal photography began 31 May 1990. According to production notes in AMPAS library files, the cast and crew filmed around Astoria, OR, for the first month, then returned to Los Angeles, CA, where the motel and elementary school interiors were shot at Universal City Studios. Other locations included “skid row” in downtown Los Angeles, Grand Central Market, and the MainPlace Mall in Santa Ana, CA. The 3 Aug 1990 HR reported that the $26-million production “pumped approximately $1.2 million into Astoria’s economy.” The 18 Jun 1990 Oregonian in Portland, OR, stated that the picturesque John Jacob Astor Elementary School at 3550 Franklin Avenue, overlooking the Columbia River, was “a key factor” in the production’s choice to shoot in Astoria. According to the 21 Jan 1991 People, many students from kindergarten through fourth grade at John Jacob Astor Elementary School worked as extras for $35 a day.
       The 24 Nov 1989 and 15 Dec 1989 editions of The Vancouver Sun reported that Imagine Films originally negotiated to film Kindergarten Cop in Vancouver, British Columbia, but Canadian production manager Paul Tucker accused the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees union (I.A.T.S.E.) Local 891 of refusing to take a cut to film crew wages.
       “John Kimble” reads A. A. Milne’s poem, “Spring Morning,” from the 1924 book, When We Were Young, to his kindergarten class.
       The 16 Oct 1996 Wall Street Journal reported that Kindergarten Cop grossed $91.5 million domestically and an additional $110.5 million overseas. The Feb 1996 Playboy noted that the film opened in China under the title Devil King of Children.
       End credits contain the following acknowledgments: “Special thanks to the Students, Parents and Staff of Astor School and the People of Astoria and Clatsop County, Oregon, for their Tremendous Cooperation, Enthusiasm and Support.” More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
Feb 1991.
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Daily Variety
1 Aug 1990
p. 22
Daily Variety
17 Dec 1990
p. 3, 23
Hollywood Reporter
12 Jun 1990.
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Hollywood Reporter
3 Aug 1990.
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Hollywood Reporter
17 Dec 1990
p. 10, 22
Los Angeles Times
21 Dec 1990
Calendar, p. 1
New York Times
21 Dec 1990
p. 12.
People
21 Jan 1991
p. 118, 119
Playboy
Feb 1998.
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The Oregonian (Portland)
24 Nov 1989
Section C, p. 1
The Oregonian (Portland)
18 Jun 1990.
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Vancouver Sun (B.C.)
24 Nov 1989
Section C, p. 1.
Vancouver Sun (B.C.)
15 Dec 1989
Section C, p. 1
Variety
24 Dec 1990
p. 38.
WSJ
16 Oct 1996.
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CAST
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
Kimble's class:
+
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
Imagine Entertainment presents
an Ivan Reitman film
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Unit prod mgr
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
2d asst dir
2d 2d asst dir, Crew
2d 2d asst dir, Crew
DGA trainee, Crew
2d unit dir, Crew and 2d unit, Oregon
2d unit dir, Crew and 2d unit, Oregon
2d asst dir, Crew and 2d unit, Oregon
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
Assoc prod
Exec prod
Exec prod
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam op, Cam
Cam op, Cam
Cam op, Cam
1st cam asst, Cam
1st cam asst, Cam
1st cam asst, Cam
2d cam asst, Cam
2d cam asst, Cam
2d cam asst, Cam
2d cam asst, Cam
Still photog, Cam
Chief lighting tech, Crew
Best boy, Crew
Key grip, Crew
Key grip, Crew
Best boy grip, Crew
Elec, Crew
Elec, Crew
Elec, Crew
Elec, Crew
Dolly grip, Crew
Company grip, Crew
Company grip, Crew
Dir of photog, Crew and 2d unit, Oregon
1st asst cam, Crew and 2d unit, Oregon
Still photog, Crew and 2d unit, Oregon
Company grip, Crew and 2d unit, Oregon
Company grip, Crew and 2d unit, Oregon
Company grip, Crew and 2d unit, Oregon
Company grip, Crew and 2d unit, Oregon
Company grip, Crew and 2d unit, Oregon
Translights by
Cam and lenses by
ART DIRECTORS
Prod des
Visual consultant, Des
Art dir, Des
Prod illustrator, Des
Art dept intern
FILM EDITORS
Film ed
Asst film ed, Ed
Asst film ed, Ed
Asst film ed, Ed
Asst film ed, Ed
Asst film ed, Ed
Negative cutter, Ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec, Des
Set des, Des
Set des, Des
Set des, Des
Leadman, Des
Swing gang, Des
Swing gang, Des
Swing gang, Des
Swing gang, Des
Swing gang, Des
Swing gang, Des
Drapery foreman, Des
Research asst, Des
Prop master, Des
Asst prop master, Des
Asst prop master, Des
Const coord, Crew
Const foreman supv, Crew
Const foreman, Crew
Const foreman, Crew
Const foreman, Crew
Labor foreman, Crew
Paint foreman supv, Crew
Paint foreman, Crew
Standby painter, Crew
Greensman, Crew
Greensman, Crew and 2d unit, Oregon
Swing gang
Swing gang, Oregon
Set dressing prod asst (Oregon)
Painter
Painter
Painter
Painter
Painter (Oregon)
Laborer
Laborer
Laborer
Laborer (Oregon)
Apprentice carpenter (Oregon)
Apprentice carpenter (Oregon)
Propmaker
Propmaker
Propmaker
Propmaker
Propmaker
Propmaker
Propmaker
Propmaker
Propmaker
Propmaker
Propmaker
Propmaker
Propmaker (Oregon)
COSTUMES
Cost des
Cost supv, Des
Costumer, Des
Costumer, Des
Costumer, Des
Costumer, Des
Costumer, Crew and 2d unit, Oregon
Ward asst, Crew and 2d unit, Oregon
MUSIC
Mus ed, Mus
Mus ed, Mus
Asst mus ed, Mus
Mus contractor, Mus
Mus scoring mixer, Mus
Asst to Mr. Edelman, Mus
Orch, Mus
Orch, Mus
Mus preparation, Mus
SOUND
Prod sd mixer, Sd
Boom op, Sd
Cableman, Sd
Video playback, Sd
Re-rec mixer, Sd
Re-rec mixer, Sd
Re-rec mixer, Sd
Supv sd ed, Ed
Sd ed, Ed
Sd ed, Ed
Sd ed, Ed
Sd ed, Ed
Sd ed, Ed
Sd ed, Ed
Sd ed, Ed
Supv ADR ed, Ed
ADR mixer, Ed
Asst sd ed, Ed
Asst sd ed, Ed
Foley rec by, Mus
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff, Crew
Spec eff, Crew
Spec eff, Crew
Spec eff, Crew
Spec eff, Crew
Spec eff, Crew
Titles and Opticals by
Animatronic eff by
Matte painting by
MAKEUP
Hair stylist, Des
Hair stylist, Des
Hair stylist, Des
Make-up artist, Des
Make-up artist, Des
Kids hair stylist (Oregon)
Kids hair stylist (Oregon)
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting
Scr supv, Crew
Loc mgr, Crew
Loc mgr, Crew
Loc liaison, Crew
Prod accountant, Crew
Asst accountant, Crew
Accounting asst, Crew
Prod coord, Crew
Asst prod coord, Crew
Transportation coord, Crew
Transportation capt, Crew
Continuity asst, Crew
Casting assoc, Crew
Children's casting coord, Crew
Children's acting coach, Crew
Studio teacher, Crew
Studio teacher, Crew
Studio teacher, Crew
Animal trainer, Crew
Animal trainer, Crew
Asst to Mr. Reitman, Crew
Asst to Mr. Reitman, Crew
Asst to Mr. Medjuck, Crew
Asst to Mr. Gross, Crew
Prod asst, Crew
Prod asst, Crew
Prod asst, Crew
Prod asst, Crew
Prod asst, Crew
Prod asst, Crew
Prod asst, Crew
Prod asst, Crew
Prod asst, Crew
Prod asst, Crew
Prod asst, Crew
Craft service, Crew
Craft service, Crew
1st aid, Crew
Catering, Crew
Extras casting, Crew
Voice casting, Crew
Voice casting, Crew
Voice casting, Crew
Loc liaison, Crew and 2d unit, Oregon
Transportation co-capt, Crew and 2d unit, Oregon
Transportation co-capt, Crew and 2d unit, Oregon
Projectionist, Crew and 2d unit, Oregon
Prod asst, Crew and 2d unit, Oregon
Prod asst, Crew and 2d unit, Oregon
Prod asst, Crew and 2d unit, Oregon
Prod asst, Crew and 2d unit, Oregon
Prod asst, Crew and 2d unit, Oregon
Prod asst, Crew and 2d unit, Oregon
Extras casting, Crew and 2d unit, Oregon
Extras casting, Crew and 2d unit, Oregon
Antenna tower by
Antenna tower by
Antenna tower by
Extra casting
Ferret puppet maker
Driver
Driver
Driver
Driver
Driver
Driver
Driver
Driver
Driver (Oregon)
Driver (Oregon)
Driver (Oregon)
Driver (Oregon)
Driver (Oregon)
Driver (Oregon)
Driver (Oregon)
Driver (Oregon)
Driver (Oregon)
Driver (Oregon)
Driver (Oregon)
Driver (Oregon)
Driver (Oregon)
Driver (Oregon)
Driver (Oregon)
Driver (Oregon)
Driver (Oregon)
Computer programmer (Oregon)
Asst to Mr. Schwarzenegger
Asst to Mr. Schwarzenegger
Asst to Mr. Schwarzenegger
Asst to Mr. Schwarzenegger (set)
Pub asst
STAND INS
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunt coord, Crew
COLOR PERSONNEL
Col timer, Ed
Col by
SOURCES
SONGS
"The Party Starts Now!!" written by Andy Shernoff, performed by Manitoba's Wild Kingdom, courtesy of MCA Records and Popular Metaphysics Records
"La Manito," written Kinito Mendez, performed by Pochi y Su Cocoband, courtesy of Kubaney Records.
DETAILS
Release Date:
21 December 1990
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles opening: 21 December 1990
New York opening: week of 21 December 1990
Production Date:
31 May - late August 1990
Copyright Claimant:
Universal City Studios, Inc.
Copyright Date:
9 January 1991
Copyright Number:
PA496402
Physical Properties:
Sound
Dolby Stereo ® in Selected Theatres
Color
Duration(in mins):
110
Length(in feet):
9,974
MPAA Rating:
PG-13
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Los Angeles police detective John Kimble loses drug dealer Colin Crisp in a shopping mall. In a service corridor, Colin Crisp meets Danny, a junkie who wants to sell him information about his wife, Rachel, who disappeared three years earlier with his son, Colin, Jr. When Danny mentions that he saw Rachel in Astoria, Oregon, Crisp shoots him, unaware that Danny’s junkie girl friend, Cindy, witnesses the murder from behind a box. Crisp dumps the gun in a trash bin and joins his mother, Eleanor Crisp, at a beauty salon. Finding Cindy kneeling over Danny’s body, John Kimble hurries to the salon to arrest Crisp. At headquarters, policewoman Phoebe O’Hara interrogates Cindy, but the witness reveals nothing. After Cindy’s release, John follows her to a drug den, chases everyone out, and promises to harass her until she attends a police lineup. Cindy correctly identifies Crisp as the killer, and he is held for trial. At the Los Angeles County Jail, Crisp boasts that he will soon be free because a junkie’s testimony is worthless, but John Kimble suggests that Crisp’s wife, who reportedly fled with $3 million of his drug money, will be happy to testify against him. Later, Captain Salazar sends John and Phoebe O’Hara to Astoria to find Rachel Crisp and offer immunity in return for her testimony. It has been arranged that Phoebe will be a temporary kindergarten teacher at Astoria Elementary School, where Crisp’s son is a pupil. Since their only photograph of Rachel Crisp does not clearly show her face, they will have to uncover her new identity. On the airplane to Oregon, a rambunctious boy sitting behind John makes him lose his temper ... +


Los Angeles police detective John Kimble loses drug dealer Colin Crisp in a shopping mall. In a service corridor, Colin Crisp meets Danny, a junkie who wants to sell him information about his wife, Rachel, who disappeared three years earlier with his son, Colin, Jr. When Danny mentions that he saw Rachel in Astoria, Oregon, Crisp shoots him, unaware that Danny’s junkie girl friend, Cindy, witnesses the murder from behind a box. Crisp dumps the gun in a trash bin and joins his mother, Eleanor Crisp, at a beauty salon. Finding Cindy kneeling over Danny’s body, John Kimble hurries to the salon to arrest Crisp. At headquarters, policewoman Phoebe O’Hara interrogates Cindy, but the witness reveals nothing. After Cindy’s release, John follows her to a drug den, chases everyone out, and promises to harass her until she attends a police lineup. Cindy correctly identifies Crisp as the killer, and he is held for trial. At the Los Angeles County Jail, Crisp boasts that he will soon be free because a junkie’s testimony is worthless, but John Kimble suggests that Crisp’s wife, who reportedly fled with $3 million of his drug money, will be happy to testify against him. Later, Captain Salazar sends John and Phoebe O’Hara to Astoria to find Rachel Crisp and offer immunity in return for her testimony. It has been arranged that Phoebe will be a temporary kindergarten teacher at Astoria Elementary School, where Crisp’s son is a pupil. Since their only photograph of Rachel Crisp does not clearly show her face, they will have to uncover her new identity. On the airplane to Oregon, a rambunctious boy sitting behind John makes him lose his temper and he threaten to break the child “like a pencil.” When Phoebe gets stomach flu and is unable to appear at school, John takes her place and reports to the principal, Miss Schlowski, who was expecting an undercover police officer, but not a huge, muscular man. Miss Schlowski warns that if she feels the children are in danger, she will alert the parents and they will take their kids out of school. Despite John’s claim of having teaching experience, his class of five-year-olds drives him crazy. His loud attempts to quiet them make most of the children cry, so John runs to his rented car and brings back his pet ferret to calm them down. At the end of the school day, Joyce’s little boy, Dominic Palmarie, tells John that he is the worst teacher ever. Exhausted, John returns to his motel room and collapses. The next day, young mothers linger at the school after bringing their children. Some are interested in John, while others wonder what kind of man teaches kindergarten. In class, John asks children to talk about their fathers. Dominic says his father lives in France, while a child named Zach Sullivan is withdrawn and resists saying anything. After a fire alarm drill, Miss Schlowski chides John for taking longer to evacuate his class than the other teachers. That night, Phoebe O’Hara feels better, so she and John go to a restaurant, where Joyce and Dominic Palmarie are also in attendance. Sensing romantic possibilities between John and Joyce, Phoebe poses as his sister and speaks in John’s Austrian accent. Over dinner, John questions Joyce about other mothers, especially newcomers. Joyce believes many people come to small towns like Astoria to run away from something. Later, when John complains that the children take advantage of him, Phoebe suggests that he treat them like recruits at the police academy. The following day, John gets “tough” and tells the kids he is the sheriff and they are “deputy trainees.” He orders them to march, leads them in physical exercise, and plays games that demand discipline. He places Zach in charge of the ferret. Miss Schlowski is impressed with the children’s improved behavior. While the children take their afternoon naps, John dozes off and dreams that Colin Crisp shoots him through the classroom window. He awakens as Joyce enters, and accepts her offer of dinner at her house the following evening. Concerned about Zach’s behavior, John Kimble confronts Mrs. Sullivan the next day. She mistakenly believes he is asking about bruises on Zach’s legs, and confesses that her husband is in counseling and begs John not to report him. Meanwhile, in Los Angeles, Colin Crisp’s mother arranges for a dealer to sell Cindy a bag of pure heroin that is certain to kill her. The following evening, Phoebe O’Hara gives John a bottle of wine and flowers to take to Joyce. While Joyce prepares dinner, Dominic shows John his backyard hideout, where he has a “laser” he hopes to place on a nearby antenna tower to protect him and his mother from “bad people.” After dinner, John asks Joyce why she and Dominic move so often, and she admits her husband is not in France, but in Los Angeles. After he tried to kidnap Dominic, she assumed a new identity and went into hiding. The following day, Phoebe investigates Joyce’s finances and can find only a checking account. John is convinced Joyce is hiding $3 million somewhere, but Phoebe thinks he suspects her because his growing feelings toward her frighten him. Zach arrives late to class, and John finds a large bruise on his back. He chases Mrs. Sullivan back to her car, where Mr. Sullivan is waiting. John confronts him, and when Sullivan takes a swing, John knocks him down. Miss Schlowski calls John into her office, but approves of him punching Sullivan. She also praises his teaching skills. Meanwhile, in Los Angeles, Captain Salazar identifies Cindy’s body at the morgue. Without Cindy’s testimony, he will have to release Crisp from jail, so he tells his assistant to inform John and Phoebe that Crisp will soon be coming to Astoria. If Crisp’s wife wants police protection, she will have to reveal where the $3 million is hidden. Eleanor Crisp picks up her son outside the jail, tellng him, “We’re gonna be a family again.” In Astoria, Eleanor Crisp goes to a pharmacy to buy cold remedies and a rectal thermometer for her grandson, while Colin Crisp tries to buy a racecar set at a toy store. When another customer, who has purchased the last racecar set, refuses to resell it, Colin beats him up outside. Elsewhere, John Kimble confesses to Joyce Palmarie that he and Phoebe are police and can offer her protection from Colin, but she must turn over the stolen money. Joyce claims there is no money. Her husband spread a lie about her having $3 million to give others an incentive to locate her, enabling him to kidnap Dominic. Later, John visits Joyce, who is hysterical because Dominic is missing. Remembering what Dominic told him, John leads Joyce to the antenna tower, where they find the boy stranded on a ladder with his laser toy. After John rescues Dominic, he confesses that he lost his own son because his ex-wife wanted him out of her life, but he does not want to lose her and Dominic. They kiss. The next day, Colin Crisp visits Miss Schlowski’s office, posing as a father who wants to enroll his son in kindergarten. She allows him to look in on a classroom, and he recognizes his son. When he sees John Kimble, Crisp excuses himself and hurries outside to tell his mother. He sneaks back into the school and sets fire to an empty classroom. The fire alarm prompts John and Phoebe to lead their classes into the smoky hallway. Dominic stuffs John’s pet ferret under his shirt, then Crisp grabs his son and spirits the child into an empty classroom. He tells Dominic he is the boy’s father, but Dominic does not recognize him. John Kimble searches the hallways for Dominic, while outside, Phoebe realizes that Dominic is missing and tries to return to the building. Stopped by local police at the front door, Phoebe hurries to a side door with her gun drawn. Eleanor Crisp knocks Phoebe down with her car and grabs her gun. Inside, John finds Colin Crisp, but the drug dealer holds a pistol to his son’s head and makes John put down his gun. Suddenly, the ferret bites Crisp, Dominic escapes, and John picks up his gun and shoots. Though fatally hit, Crisp fires off a last shot that wounds John in the leg. Eleanor Crisp arrives, but before she can deliver a fatal shot, Phoebe knocks her out with a baseball bat. After a few days in the hospital, John returns to school and Miss Schlowski offers him a permanent teaching job. The kids are overjoyed to see him. John and Joyce embrace and kiss. +

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