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Dead Heat -- Maverick L.A.P.D. officer Roger Mortis is a good cop who will do anything to nail the bad guys. Investigating some frightening goings-on, Mortis and his partner, Doug Bigelow pay a visit to Dante Laboratories. It is here that they discover the high-tech Resurrection Room churning out a weird band of recycled and indestructible criminals. And it is here that Mortis meets his untimely death.
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Release Date:
29 June 1988 (France) See more »
These cops are on the biggest murder case of their lives... their own. See more »
Two cops are brought back to life to chase down supernatural criminals. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Treat Williams ... Roger Mortis

Joe Piscopo ... Doug Bigelow

Lindsay Frost ... Randi James

Darren McGavin ... Dr. Ernest McNab

Vincent Price ... Arthur P. Loudermilk
Clare Kirkconnell ... Rebecca Smythers

Keye Luke ... Mr. Thule

Robert Picardo ... Lieutenant Herzog

Mel Stewart ... Captain Mayberry

Professor Toru Tanaka ... Butcher
Martha Quinn ... Newscaster
Ben Mittleman ... Bob

Peter Kent ... Smitty
Cate Caplin ... Saleswoman
Monica Lewis ... Mrs. Von Heisenberg
Peggy O'Brien ... Jewelry Store Manager
Chip Heller ... Wilcox
Steven R. Bannister ... The Thing
Lew Hopson ... Whitfield
Tom Nolan ... Jonas
Steve Itkin ... Fireman

Shane Black ... Patrolman
Michael Saad ... Guard #1 (as Mike Saad)
Monty Cox ... Guard #2
Monty Ash ... Walter
H. Ray Huff ... Cop

Pons Maar ... Pool Zombie
Dawan Scott ... Pool Zombie
Ivan E. Roth ... End Zombie
Ron Taylor ... Shoot Out Zombie
Yvonne Peattie ... Gertrude Bellman
Clarence Brown ... Harry Latham
Pamela Vansant ... Lab Technician

Beth Toussaint ... Lab Technician
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Stephen Rocco Jacques ... Officer Liptak (uncredited)

Loren Janes ... Man In Room (uncredited)
Gene LeBell ... Guard (uncredited)

Linnea Quigley ... Zombie Go-go Girl (uncredited)

Directed by
Mark Goldblatt 
Writing credits
Terry Black (written by)

Produced by
Allen Alsobrook .... associate producer
David Helpern .... producer
Michael L. Meltzer .... producer (as Michael Meltzer)
Original Music by
Ernest Troost 
Cinematography by
Robert D. Yeoman (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Harvey Rosenstock 
Casting by
Steven Jacobs  (as Steve Jacobs)
Production Design by
Craig Stearns 
Art Direction by
Jon Gary Steele 
Set Decoration by
Greta Grigorian 
Costume Design by
Lisa Jensen 
Makeup Department
Carlos David Amador .... hair stylist
Roberto Carlos .... effects technician: XFX Inc.
Craig Caton .... effects technician: XFX Inc.
Roberto dePalma .... effects technician: XFX Inc.
Kathryn Fenton .... makeup department head (as Kathryn Miles Kelly)
Gunnar Ferdinandsen .... effects technician: XFX Inc. (as Gunner Ferdinandsen)
Eric Fiedler .... shop foreman: XFX Inc. (as Eric Fieldler)
Bill Forsche .... effects technician: XFX Inc. (as Bill Foertsch)
Steve Frakes .... effects technician: XFX Inc.
Chris Goehe .... effects technician: XFX Inc. (as Christopher Goeh)
Emilio M. Gonzales .... effects technician: XFX Inc. (as Emilio Gonzales)
Steve Johnson .... makeup effects creator
Steve Johnson .... makeup effects designer
Rick Lazzarini .... chicken animatronics: XFX Inc.
Leonard MacDonald .... first technician: XFX Inc. (as Lennie MacDonald)
Robert J. Marino .... effects technician: XFX Inc. (as Bob Marino)
Kenny Myers .... makeup artist: Mr. Williams
Anton Rupprecht .... effects technician: XFX Inc. (as Tony Rupprecht)
Andy Schoneberg .... effects technician: XFX Inc.
Russell Seifert .... effects technician: XFX Inc.
Michiko Tagawa .... effects technician: XFX Inc.
Bruce Zahlava .... effects technician: XFX Inc.
Mike Smithson .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Allen Alsobrook .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kenneth Edward Brewer .... second second assistant director (as Ken Brewer)
Joe Camp III .... second assistant director (as Joseph Shelton Camp III)
Patrick Read Johnson .... second unit director
Michele Panelli-Venetis .... second assistant director (as Michele Panelli)
Mike Topoozian .... first assistant director
Art Department
Steven Eaton .... assistant props (as Steve Eaton)
Amanda J. Flick .... sculptor (as Amanda Flick)
Barry Hoff .... swing gang
Tony Jackson .... assistant set dresser
Thom Magana .... set dresser
Michael Marcus .... leadman
Marc Meisels .... swing gang
Thomas Patrick O'Shea .... set carpenter
Stephen C. Peterman .... swing gang (as Stephen Peterman)
Michael Reinhart .... construction coordinator
Cyd Smyllie .... property master (as Cyd Smillie)
Bryan Utman .... set dresser
Pete von Sholly .... storyboard artist
Lauren York .... construction foreman
Christopher Gilman .... props (uncredited)
Sound Department
Wayne Artman .... sound re-recording mixer
Tom Beckert .... sound re-recording mixer
Desmond Cannon .... sound apprentice (as Desmond R. Cannon)
Tom E. Dahl .... sound re-recording mixer
James Dean Fisher .... foley walker
Charles Kelly .... boom operator (as Charlie Kelly)
Mike Le Mare .... supervising sound editor (as Mike Le-Mare)
Walt Martin .... sound mixer
Andrew Patterson .... dialogue editor (as Andy Patterson)
John Post .... foley walker
Carolann Sanchez-Shapiro .... sound assistant (as Carolann Sanchez)
Steve Schwalbe .... sound assistant
Karola Storr .... foley editor
Special Effects by
Nick Benson .... special effects (as Nick J. Benson)
Kristina Birkmayer .... production coordinator: XFX Inc. (as Christina Birkmayer)
Jeff Frink .... special effects assistant (as Jeffrey Frink)
Patrick Read Johnson .... special effects
Todd Masters .... project foreman: butcher shop, XFX Inc.
Shamu .... special effects technician
Jim Thomson .... special effects assistant (as James Thomson)
Bill Thurman .... special effects assistant
David Wood .... special effects assistant
Visual Effects by
Ernest D. Farino .... visual effects
Steve Johnson .... designer and creator: prosthetic deterorizations
Rick Barker .... stunts
May Boss .... stunts
Dan Bradley .... stunt coordinator
Dan Bradley .... stunts
Geoff Brewer .... stunts
Brian R. Carson .... stunts (as Brian Carson)
Chuck Clarke .... stunts
Scott Alan Cook .... stunts (as Scott Allen Cook)
Monty Cox .... stunts (as LaMont Cox)
Christopher Doyle .... stunts (as Chris Doyle)
Andy Epper .... stunts (as Andrew Epper)
Glory Fioramonti .... stunts
Andy Gill .... stunts
Loren Janes .... stunts
Al Jones .... stunts
Wayne King .... stunts (as Wayne A. King)
Lane Leavitt .... stunts
Gene LeBell .... stunts
Ray Lykins .... stunts
Troy Melton .... stunts
Noon Orsatti .... stunts
Mario Roberts .... stunts
Edward J. Ulrich .... stunts (as Ed Ulrich)
Steve Vandeman .... stunts
George P. Wilbur .... stunts (as George Wilbur)
Camera and Electrical Department
James Babineaux .... best boy electric
Wayne Baker .... Steadicam assistant
Marsha Blackburn .... still photographer
John Boccaccio .... first assistant camera
Jack English .... gaffer
David Goldner .... photography: jewelry store
Scott Grinham .... electrician
Bob Leitelt .... grip (as Robert Leitelt)
Willie Mann .... best boy grip
Mike Moad .... dolly grip
Richard Osborn Jr. .... second assistant camera (as Richard Osborn)
Les Percy .... key grip
Randolph Sellars .... second unit cameraman (as Randall Sellars)
Mark A. Shelton .... electrician
Charles Smith .... grip (as Charlie Smith)
Roger Spurgeon .... light operator: Musco
Kelly Waldman .... electrician
Greg Wardell .... electrician
George M. Chappell .... electrician (uncredited)
Animation Department
Scott Alexander .... video graphic animation
Patrick Read Johnson .... video graphic animation
Casting Department
Rosemary Welden .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Molly Corey .... wardrobe assistant
Terri King .... costume construction
Andrea Phillips .... wardrobe supervisor
Bess Walkes .... wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
Dennis Brookins .... negative cutter
Teresa García .... assistant editor (as Teresa Garcia)
Bill Gentry .... assistant editor
Phil Hetos .... negative timer (as Philip Hetos)
Sarah James .... post-production coordinator (as Sarah James Arbeid)
Mary Morrisey .... assistant editor
Florent Retz .... associate film editor (as Danny Retz)
Location Management
Buddy Enright .... location manager
Jeffrey Lippa .... location assistant (as Jeff Lippa)
Music Department
Peter Hodgson .... music recordist
Barb Luby .... orchestrator
Phil Magnotti .... music recordist
Paul Mariconda .... music programmer: synthesizer
Paul Mariconda .... musician: synthesizer
Johnny Montagnese .... music recordist
Barbara Pokras .... music editor
Ernest Troost .... conductor
Transportation Department
John Anderson .... driver
Raymond Bastonero .... driver (as Ray Bastonero)
Marilyn Bell .... driver
Chuck Clarke .... transportation coordinator
Michael Helgesen .... driver (as Michael J. Helgesen)
Walt Miller .... transportation captain
H. Lee Noblitt .... driver
Jeff Purpus .... driver (as Jeffrey Purpus)
Other crew
Scott Andrews .... assistant to the director
Annette Buehre .... main and end titles: Opticam
Craig Caton .... creature crew
Rich Fernalld .... main and end titles: Opticam
Jamie Glantz .... production assistant
Michael Glotzer .... production assistant
Mitch Goddard .... production assistant
Jane Goldsmith .... script supervisor
Abbee Goldstein .... production coordinator
Chas Hansen .... production assistant
Ann Harmon .... production assistant (as Anne Harmon)
Jolene Hastings .... production secretary
Sarah James .... assistant to the producers (as Sarah James Arbeid)
Jeffrey F. January .... production assistant (as Jeffrey January)
Carolyn Pham Johnson .... key set production assistant
Harriet Katz-Stevens .... assistant accountant (as Harriet Katz)
David Kohan .... production assistant
Kenneth Mancebo .... production controller (as Kenneth I. Mancebo)
Allan Nutkiewicz .... production liaison (as Dr. Allan Nutkiewicz)
Allan Nutkiewicz .... set physician (as Dr. Allan Nutkiewicz)
J.B. Rogers .... production assistant
Lisa Roman .... assistant: Craig Stearns
Cameron Striewski .... main and end titles: Opticam
Doug Taylor .... unit publicist
Sandra Vaughan .... production staff
Doug Williams .... craft service
Eric J. Goldstein .... production assistant (uncredited)
Paul Cho .... special thanks
Joe Dante .... special thanks
John DeChene .... special thanks
Barbara Fisher .... special thanks
Bill House .... special thanks
H.K. Huang .... special thanks
Buz Kohan .... special thanks
David Kraft .... special thanks
Richard Kraft .... special thanks
Jim Malconian .... special thanks
Crew believed to be complete

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86 min
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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 »
Revealing mistakes: The large man attacks Mortis with the meat cleaver. Moments before Mortis wraps it in a bandage we see the hand is clearly a prop having a thumb and two fingers on the left side of the now missing digit and two fingers on the right. He did not have six digits before.See more »
Det. Roger Mortis:That's okay. Don't get up.
Dr. Ernest McNab:Get him, get him, get him!
[Mr. Thule gets into a gunfight with Roger but dies]
Det. Roger Mortis:I told you not to get up.
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13 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Fast-paced, Fun Horror-Action Film, 25 December 2005

Perhaps the only time zombies, cops, and a generous dose of humour have been infused together on film. Dead Heat is a fun, drive-in type feature with Treat William and Joe Piscapo starring as two cops in the style of something seen in Lethal Weapon. These cops have not done everything by the book and are in the middle of a crime wave where a different pair of armed thugs have been robbing jewelry stores and banks in broad daylight with no fear of being shot down(or having the weakness of being killed with any ease at all). Well, through some investigation, our two protagonists discover that a machine exists that can bring back the dead for twelve hours - and one of the cops gets his and is placed on the machine. Now, we have zombie cop against zombie criminals and one silly, fun, action-packed film on hand. Director Mark Goldblatt never tries to make this film anything more than what it is supposed to be. The actors don't try either, which is good when you have a script that only has so much elasticity. Williams is good in his role, and Piscapo definitely has limited range, but I really thought he did a much better job than his lack of acting gigs since would suggest. One major plus is the core of veteran screen actors with Darren Mcgavin, venerable Keye Luke, and the elder statesman of horror Vincent Price in attendance. Price has a small role but is still able to keep your attention. This was one of his last films. The same for Luke who I always felt was very underrated. Lindsay Frost is aboard as major eye candy. The special effects are interesting to say the least. The make-up used on the criminal zombies has a fake feel like big puppets at some points and at others is pretty good. The scene in a Chinese restaurant is a hoot - a very ridiculous hoot. Dead Heat again is nothing grand or thought-provoking or even scary, but it is a very fun film and should illicit a few laughs.

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