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Dead Beat (1994)

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In 1965, Rudy, a Midwestern high-school kid, moves to Albuquerque; lonely and friendless, he's attracted to Kit, slightly older, with a car, his own apartment, and spending money. Kit loves... See full summary »


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In 1965, Rudy, a Midwestern high-school kid, moves to Albuquerque; lonely and friendless, he's attracted to Kit, slightly older, with a car, his own apartment, and spending money. Kit loves Elvis and loves the ladies; plus, he's a complete phony: his tan is fake, he wears lifts, he lies to girls, and he pretends to care about Rudy. Kit also shares a dark secret with two other devoted followers, Jimmy and Martha. He meets his match in Kirsten, a spoiled rich girl who gives as good as she gets. When she and a younger cousin disappear, Rudy must choose between loneliness and the law. Written by <>

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Rated R for language and sociopathic behavior, including violence and sexuality | See all certifications »




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1 August 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Phony Perfector  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)

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Except for the name changes, this is the story of real-life killer Charles Schmid, who murdered several teenagers in Tucson, Arizona, in the mid-'60s. See more »


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Schizophrenic film
11 June 2002 | by (Oakland CA) – See all my reviews

Dead Beat can't decide whether it's a serious film about disturbed youth and murder or a campy period piece ala Cry Baby. There's too much emphasis on period detail, much of which is inaccurate anyway--always a distraction for me in films of this sort. The film looks good and aspires to profundity but ultimately is another empty Hollywood look at juvenile delinquency.

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