It's old news that the urban cop thriller has taken the place of the western as the pre-eminent movie and television genre. From the big screen's LETHAL WEAPON to the small screen's "21 Jump Street," it seems that audiences just can't get their fill of car chases, cop banter,
high-caliber shootouts, and screaming precinct captains. The problem is that there are only so many story lines that will accommodate the stock cop-movie set pieces. As a result, writers and directors are straining to find new twists on the same old story. Signs of that strain certainly show in
SHORT TIME, a fairly routine cop opera that stars Dabney Coleman and Teri Garr, two of Hollywood's b...