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A cop is gunned down on Xmas eve. Jerry Beck, the homicide cop given the job of hunting the killer, investigates some leads which bring him into contact with a group of white supremacy extremists. In addition to the racists, Beck also has to contend with an unhelpful FBI agent. Written by Rob Hartill

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You know the man at a glance. And he still carries a badge. DON JOHNSON is JERRY BECK. See more »


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24 March 1989 (USA)  »

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$8,125,592 (USA)
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Jerry Beck (portrayed by Don Johnson) is a real life LAPD Homicide detective who at the time had worked some 30 years in the department. He was seen on the television series COPS during this time with his long time partner Ray Verdugo, who has also has been seen in films such as Heat (1995) during the 90's. See more »

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Bobby Burns: He's no Fed. Fed's are neat. Whoever this guy is, he wouldn't last a week with the Feds. The other guys coming over. now *he* is a Fed. Look at him. He's so clean you could shoot him and bury him in the same suit.
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Serenata Huasteca
Performed by Los Tres Ases
Courtesy of BMG Ariola Internacional
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LA cop takes on white supremacists who've killed one of his own.
26 August 2000 | by (LA, CA) – See all my reviews

I shied away from this film initially, due to its low IMDB rating at the time, but I was very pleasantly surprised. It's based on actual events, yet the story has all the right elements of a great action film. Don Johnson's LA cop is up against tremendous odds, a renegade, a drunk, lonely, and yet an entirely likeable character. Whether you like Johnson (the actor), or Frankenheimer (the director), or action films (the genre) in general, give this film a chance. It's almost perfect. Completely underrated by the scoring on this site.

7.5 out of 10


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