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Deadbeat at Dawn (1988)

 -  Action | Crime  -  14 May 1999 (UK)
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After one too many encounters with The Spiders (a rival gang), The Ravens' leader's girlfriend tells him to quit the gang or it's Splitsville. He does so, but the leader of The Spiders is ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Harper ...
Danny
Jim Van Bebber ...
Goose
Megan Murphy ...
Christy
Ric Walker ...
Keith
Marc Pitman ...
Bone Crusher
Maureen Allisse ...
Iris (as Maureen Gentner)
Tom Burns
Steve King
Dave Parker ...
Drive-thru attendant
Bill Stover ...
Stubby
Carol Lee
Mark Gillespie
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Lili Hendler
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After one too many encounters with The Spiders (a rival gang), The Ravens' leader's girlfriend tells him to quit the gang or it's Splitsville. He does so, but the leader of The Spiders is hellbent on revenge and arranges the murder of the girlfriend. That ticks off the boyfriend, who wreaks havoc with the two gangs, who have joined forces in order to pull off a security truck heist. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Judged for what it is, not badly done at all
1 October 2006 | by (Worcester, MA) – See all my reviews

Jim Van Bebber has gained notoriety in the past few years for the release of his labor of love "The Manson Family". A lot of hype on the cult underground has surrounded that release, so it may be worthwhile to go back to this, his first feature length film. The acting is certainly sub par and often laughably over-the-top (I'm sorry but the Dad made me giggle), but the overall nihilistic attitude certainly sticks with you. Its obvious from the beginning that Van Bebber had some talent. The dialog isn't Beckett, but its certainly memorable (particulary the "I hate people" monologue, gotta sample that one).

One of the most memorable aspects of the film is the gore. For working on such a clearly minuscule budget, the gore effects are very well done. The graphic and unrelenting climax in particular is one I'll probably never forget. This shows that Van Bebber was honestly attempting to create a well done film as opposed to just some exploitive fodder. About as socially redeeming as a sewage pipe, but thats just the way I like my films. (6/10)


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