Dead Heat (1988)

R  |   |  Action, Comedy, Horror  |  6 May 1988 (USA)
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Two cops are brought back to life to chase down supernatural criminals.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Randi James
Clare Kirkconnell ...
Rebecca Smythers
Mr. Thule
Lieutenant Herzog
Captain Mayberry
Professor Toru Tanaka ...
Martha Quinn ...
Ben Mittleman ...
Cate Caplin ...
Monica Lewis ...
Mrs. Von Heisenberg


Roger Mortis and Doug Bigelow are cops that are chasing crooks that are dead serious about crime. Or should I say they are chasing dead crooks perpetrating serious crimes? Seems some nutcase has learned how to bring back the dead and is sending them on crime sprees. Now these indestructable goons are in the way of officers Mortis and Bigelow. To even things up, when Mortis is killed (in the line of duty, of course) he gets a jump start from the Resurrection machine and takes the fight to the zombie bad guys. Written by Tim Kretschmann <>

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These cops are on the biggest murder case of their lives... their own. See more »


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Release Date:

6 May 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Flic ou zombie  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)


$3,588,626 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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The lead character is Roger Mortis. Mortis is the Latin word for "death". Roger Mortis also sounds quite a bit like rigor mortis. See more »


In the first scene where we see our two stars driving in the car, the camera crew is clearly (though quickly) visible in the reflection of multiple store windows and the side of a nearby van. See more »


Mr. Thule: Life and death are both expressions of the same eternal spirit.
Det. Doug Bigelow: You oughta write fortune cookies, pal.
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References Dirty Harry (1971) See more »


Dead Heat
Written by John Huckert (as John W. Huckert Jr.), Patrick Read Johnson & Phil Settle (as Philip J. Settle)
Performed by Phil Settle
Copyright © 1987 by: Sarah Beth Songs BMI
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What a goofy action / comedy should be
2 October 2004 | by (Boston, MA) – See all my reviews

One of Joe Piscopo better movies, Dead Heat is a fun ride that is filled with action and wild comedy. Treat Williams stars in this interesting story about the walking dead. Not a horror movie about zombies, but the living dead committing crimes. Williams and Piscopo do justice to this low budget movie. The story itself holds its own as the limited special effects can only take the audience too far. The comic relief of Piscopo fills in the gaps where the gun fights and walking dead miss. Treat Williams shows his leading man qualities in Dead Heat while he has failed to do so in other movies. In the end, the movie produces an enjoyable ride for action fans. One of Vincent Prices' last movies, he is the icing on the cake of the b-movie that Dead Heat is.

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