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Dead Beat (1994)

R | | Thriller | 1 August 1994 (USA)
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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Kit
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Rudy
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Jimmy
Caleb Smith ...
Drunken Teenager
Casey Dixon ...
Heidi
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Donna
Wendy Gastellum ...
Cindy
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Martha
Vatsana Bilavarn ...
Ruth
Alida Gunn ...
Tammy
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Mrs. Kurtz (as Deborah Harry)
Jerome Zelle ...
Danny Kurtz
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Kirsten
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Rick Dubov ...
Liquor Store Clerk
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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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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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)  »

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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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Jack the Ripper
Written by Link Wray and Milt Grant
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Courtesy of Vernon Wray Music
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Desert playboy and his downfall .........
19 January 2011 | by See all my reviews

Bruce Ramsay is terrific as Kit, the charming, manipulative, desert playboy, who hides some well hidden skeletons. His enormous ego is padded with beer can lifts in his boots, layers of makeup, and zero tolerance of rejection. Kit's favorite sport is playing his numerous ladies for fools. Eventually he meets his match in Kristen (Natasha Gregson Wagner), who manages to turn the tables on Kit, with disastrous results. The story is told through the eyes of Rudy (Balthazar Getty), who is a friend, and "born follower" of Kit. The soundtrack of 60s music is impressive, and the 50s/60s cars are great. If you enjoy quirky characters who behave irrationally, "Dead Beat" is your movie. - MERK


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