Joe Gower’s job is skating through library shelves, fetching books. A police officer/friend of his is chosen to participate in a charity dance performance. Gower agrees to take his place in the show by posing as a police officer. He falls for a female officer in the show and gets into various scrapes with fellow cops and also crooks. And he dances.
Off Beat is a 1986 American comedy film about a young librarian who impersonates a police officer. The film was directed by Michael Dinner, and stars Judge Reinhold, Meg Tilly, Cleavant Derricks, Joe Mantegna, Jacques d’Amboise, Amy Wright, John Turturro and Julie Bovasso.
In his review of April 11, 1986, Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times gave Off Beat three-and-a-half stars out of a possible four, describing it as one of the year’s best comedies.
Off Beat (1986)
Directed by: Michael Dinner
Starring: Judge Reinhold, Meg Tilly, Cleavant Derricks, Joe Mantegna, Jacques d’Amboise, Amy Wright, John Turturro, Julie Bovasso
Screenplay by: Mark Medoff
Production Design by: Woods Mackintosh
Cinematography by: Carlo Di Palma
Film Editing by: Dede Allen, Angelo Corrao
Costume Design by: Joseph G. Aulisi
Set Decoration by: Justin Scoppa Jr.
Music by: James Horner
Distributed by: Buena Vista Distribution
Release Date: April 11, 1986