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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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Composer Michael Kamen was brought in to beef up the musical score as the producers felt that they needed an edgy, yet low key Die Hard-sound to the tone of the film. See more »

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Arthur Kressler: [Beck is reading a pamphlet to Kressler] Sounds like typical white supremacy rhetoric to me.
Jerry Beck: Yeah? You mean they just sit around and write this shit all the time?
Arthur Kressler: Half of them are in prison anyway. I suppose it helps them pass the time of day. Is that tape on your glasses?
Jerry Beck: Yeah, I lost one of those little screws. It fell out.
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Un Mundo Raro
Performed by Los Diamantes (as Los Tres Diamantes)
Courtesy of BMG Ariola Internacional
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Anything but a dead bang....
4 August 2004 | by (Universal Imports) – See all my reviews

Another one of those TV stars who moved into movies this sadly has been put alongside with Caruso's JADE but on closer inspection all movies are not that bad..... Dead Bang is a fairly run of the mill cop against bad guys type thing but what takes it out of the run of the mill is the direction from Frankenheimer & the star turn from Johnson. Johnson gives a great performance as the stressed cop,we can see the frustration in Beck's life either doing his job or trying to see his kids,his acting is done very well & not over the top..in particular the xmas morning bust Beck makes..the start of the scene we see the alcoholic sweats to later on being sick all over the suspect. The supporting cast however do not raise their game to give the support Johnson needs with William Forsythe in particular giving a completely wooden performance which is surprizing as he has been so much better.

The action scenes are handled very well indeed...The gunfights(are they're are a few) are not to Hollywood for my liking.

On the whole a very enjoyable movie & it shows that Don Johnson should have been a movie star.


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