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Dead Air (1994)

PG-13 | | Thriller | TV Movie 6 October 1994
A distraught disc jockey (Gregory Hines) seeks out a mystery caller (Debrah Farentino) who may be the killer of his girlfriend (Laura Harrington).

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Mark Jannek / Jim Sheppard
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Karen / Laura
Harold Ayer
Laura Harrington ...
Susan
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Judy
Beau Starr ...
Lieutenant Marvin Gagglis
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Eric Boles ...
Dr. Stein
Joe Colligan ...
Ted St. James
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The Caller
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Ken
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Morton
Ron Recasner ...
Dr. Reinhart
Milt Tarver ...
Orr
Steve Jackson Wilde ...
Kyle Dean
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A distraught disc jockey (Gregory Hines) seeks out a mystery caller (Debrah Farentino) who may be the killer of his girlfriend (Laura Harrington).

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The next caller could be the last.

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Rated PG-13 for violence and views of murder victims | See all certifications »
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6 October 1994 (USA)  »

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Deadphone  »

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The Thrill Is Gone
6 April 2000 | by (Nova Scotia, Canada) – See all my reviews

I don't know why this movie gets railed on so heavily. For a made-for-TV movie it isn't bad. It's not overly predictable, it scores some style points (that predominately featured BB King track) and Gregory Hines is good in the leading role that holds the whole picture together. Watching it again years after I originally saw it, I found it still held up. I just find something so catchy about the whole radio personality rapped up in a thriller vibe. Its just ripe with atmosphere. A lone DJ, mysterious callers, anonymous voices, murder, mystery ... yep, I'm sold. Only a complete idiot could botch an angle like this ... and they have before.

This is not a terribly original plot device in the realm of b-movies, but Dead Air works. That the DJ is Gregory Hines and he's given a serviceable back story makes the difference. His screen presence works, the flick never tries to be anything it isn't and even the twist ending makes sense if you add it all up. There's a good laugh or two and the build up to the end is handled decently. Both Debrah Farentino as the apparent love-interest/suspect and character actor Beau Starr as the flick's man with a badge have their moments too. You can do a lot worse than Dead Air.


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