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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 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)
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
Buddy Enright .... location manager
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
Jeffrey Lippa .... location assistant (as Jeff Lippa)
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".See more »
Factual errors: When Roger is examined by Rebecca after his resurrection, he cuts himself and does not bleed as he is found to have no pulse. Later he is shot and bleeds from his wounds, which contradicts his earlier examination.See more »
Det. Doug Bigelow:So what color did you get?
Det. Roger Mortis:[looks at lipstick] Uh, mulberry wine.
Det. Doug Bigelow:That's a good choice.
Det. Doug Bigelow:[effeminately] Brings out your eyes.
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3 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Heated violence is interwoven with horror and humor in this outlandish tale., 8 July 1999
Author: David Choi from New Jersey, USA

Roger Mortis (Treat Williams) and Doug Bigelow ("Saturday Night Live" alumnus Joe Piscopo) are two down-on-their-luck cops. For, every single day these police officers must deal with pimps, drug pushers, child molesters, and criminal psychopaths. Until one unlucky day, a seemingly routine jewelry store robbery becomes an incident of unparalleled horror.

At first glance, it was a jewel heist. The two robbers involved in the robbery have found themselves confronted by cops everywhere. These crooks have no choice but to make an exit. With guns blazing, the cops and crooks viciously attack each other. By the end, everything turned into a senseless bloodbath with lots of fatalities. It took more than a thousand bullets to take out these robbers.

Mortis and Bigelow discover some peculiar experiments being conducted at Dante Laboratories. A criminal mastermind is attempting to bring dead criminals back to life through the use of a rejuvenator. Not only are these walking corpses trained in the usage of firearms, but they are bad to the bone! Hell hath no fury like the undead out for vengeance! Never before did these heroic (but bumbling) cops have to encounter the walking dead!

The grisly armies of the undead are under his command. Will our heroes be able to annihilate the walking dead? Or will they join in their ranks?

DEAD HEAT is no ordinary case of a "good cop, bad cop" scenario. Rather, this is a tale of a "good cop, dead cop." DEAD HEAT has all the pandemonium and frenzy that will keep you appeased. Zombies, bad guys, mad scientists, more zombies, and Joe Piscopo! Do not forget that legendary exploding ambulance! Also, with an ensemble that comprises of Darren McGavin, Keye Luke, Lindsay Frost (who disintegrates into a dry skeleton), Toru Tanaka, and Vincent Price, this is pure exploitation! What more could you ask for?

Plenty. You know that any movie which begins with two lunatics haphazardly shooting police officers as if they were sitting targets must be an ineffectual film, ad nauseam. DEAD HEAT is primarily moronic due to the presence of one Joe Piscopo. It is rude how often Piscopo always intermittently improvises his one-liners right in the middle of some conversation. Piscopo here has the personality of a "dumb" high school jock. Piscopo is such an irresponsible cop.and that will come back to haunt him.

As well, in the second half of the movie, everything falls apart thanks to plot implausibility and impossible twists. This film also loses its energy as well.

Is DEAD HEAT a completely titanic disaster? Of course not! This film does have its.merits (notice that I am using an euphemism here). The man to man alliance between the two leads is actually developed. The chemistry between these two characters works. The highlights are some rather wild special effects which accompany this grandiose feature. The zombies look VERY ugly and the gunshot wounds are particularly bloodstained. The gross special FX also depict bodies exploding like TNT. Many stop motion effects allow for some fairly nerve-wrecking scenes. The most notable scene definitely had to be watching the dead, butchered farm animals coming back to life! Yeah, that will show everyone who (or what) belongs to the top of the food chain! As noted, total carnage reigns supreme!

DEAD HEAT is a very inane action movie. Still, it reminds me of how audiences once had low expectations of action films. There is no substantial plot to speak of. The action scenes rely more on stunts and blood rather than authentic testosterone. This film falls short of its potentiality. DEAD HEAT does have its fair share of defects, but at least it's endurable. Even the action sequences offer an inventive twist or to. Therefore, expect to have an artificial good time.

Critics unanimously panned this movie. I can almost see why.

RATING: ** out of ****.

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