MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 21,169 this week

Dead Men Can't Dance (1997)

 -  Action | Drama  -  18 April 1997 (USA)
4.9
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 4.9/10 from 428 users  
Reviews: 16 user

Elite army unit is assigned to destroy North Korea's lone nuclear facility.

Directors:

(as Steve Anderson) , (uncredited)

Writers:

(story), (screenplay), 2 more credits »
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 43 titles
created 22 Jun 2012
 
a list of 25 titles
created 01 Oct 2012
 
a list of 5996 titles
created 08 Jun 2013
 
a list of 623 titles
created 10 months ago
 
a list of 809 titles
created 8 months ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Dead Men Can't Dance (1997)

Dead Men Can't Dance (1997) on IMDb 4.9/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Dead Men Can't Dance.

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Thriller | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4/10 X  

Megiddo is a supernatural ride into a world teetering on the edge of the Apocalypse. It follows the rise of a Machiavellian leader bent on amassing the armies of the world for the battle of... See full summary »

Directors: Brian Trenchard-Smith, Paul J. Lombardi
Stars: Michael York, Michael Biehn, Joseph Makkar
Dragon Squad (2005)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Interpol agents and gangsters battle in Hong Kong.

Director: Daniel Lee
Stars: Vanness Wu, Shawn Yue, Yu Xia
Yellow Rock (2011)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

Five men ride into the eerie town of Yellow Rock, hoping to rescue a family member and his lost boy.

Director: Nick Vallelonga
Stars: Michael Biehn, James Russo, Lenore Andriel
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

As Jon (Shawn Welling / Michael Biehn) and Joy Ford (Tory Tompkins) move into the small town of DarkHorse, mysterious and supernatural occurrences threaten to tear the town apart. Teenage ... See full summary »

Director: Shawn Welling
Stars: Michael Biehn, Lee Majors, Jennifer Blanc
Action | Adventure | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

Secret Service agents must retrieve the briefcase allowing the President control of America's nuclear arsenal before massive destruction ensues.

Director: John Terlesky
Stars: Roy Scheider, Patrick Muldoon, Maria Conchita Alonso
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

Al is caught between his loyalty to the police force and his love for his brother in a tense setting. It seems that his brother, Rudy, was involved in a mob hit that could potentially start... See full summary »

Director: Nick Vallelonga
Stars: Michael Biehn, William Petersen, Leo Rossi
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

When a physically and emotionally scarred soldier returns home from World War II, he mistakenly trusts a mysterious young drifter to deliver a secret love letter to his old sweetheart.

Director: Kenneth Bowser
Stars: Michael Biehn, Maureen Mueller, Michael Beach
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A down-on-his-luck repo man and his septuagenarian partner are caught up in the kidnapping of a star baseball pitcher just before his team is to play in The World Series and a stroke of ... See full summary »

Director: Eric Fleming
Stars: Peter Allas, Peter Arpesella, Scott Baldyga
Deep Red (TV Movie 1994)
Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

After a young girl is accidently infected with an alien substance known as "Deep Red", the astonishing results attract the attention of the illustrious scientist Dr. Newmeyer. Disillusioned... See full summary »

Director: Craig R. Baxley
Stars: Lindsey Haun, Michael Biehn, Tobin Bell
A Taste for Killing (TV Movie 1992)
Action | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Two college students get a summer job on an offshore oil rig. They are soon approached by a co-worker who had earlier befriended them, and who now tries to draw them into a plot to murder the rig's crew chief.

Director: Lou Antonio
Stars: Michael Biehn, Jason Bateman, Henry Thomas
K2 (1991)
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Taylor and Harold are good friends and avid climbers. While climbing one day, they meet a man who it seems might be attempting to climb K2, the world's second-highest peak. Always pushy, ... See full summary »

Director: Franc Roddam
Stars: Michael Biehn, Matt Craven, Annie Grindlay
Action | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.5/10 X  

A world-renowned spiritual leader arrives in the Asian nation of Purma to give a teaching to the faithful. Accompanying him is a retinue of monks and attendants, including his personal ... See full summary »

Directors: Michael Biehn, Antony Szeto
Stars: Michael Biehn, Phoenix Chou, Simon Yam
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Robert Hart
Mark Edward Anderson ...
Wayne Northrup
...
Shooter
...
Victoria Elliot
...
Maj. Kang
...
...
Dennis Larson
...
Brig. Gen. Burke
Janet Price ...
Orderly
Paul Perri ...
Maj. Shelby
...
Sgt. Plonder
...
Sgt Rhodes
...
Sgt. Susie Warzenak
...
Sgt. Addy Cooper
Wendy Gazelle ...
Sgt. Lorraine Towers
Edit

Storyline

To stamp out the threat of nuclear war a special ops team must travel to North Korea to carry out a covert mission to destroy a nuclear power plant. Everything does not go as planned. Their communications are cut off and they must remember their survival training to get them through. Written by Bren L. M.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

sergeant | independent film

Taglines:

The Cold War just got hot. Time to Rock 'N' Roll"

Genres:

Action | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong combat violence, and for language | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

18 April 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

DMZ  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Production Co:

,  »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

While shooting a fight scene, Michael Biehn stepped on and broke one of Adrian Paul's toes. See more »

Goofs

In the U.S. Army, Camouflage undershirts are not worn with the Battle Dress Uniform (BDU), only a brown undershirt are authorized. Green is worn with fatigues, but not camouflage. See more »

Quotes

Shooter: There are no loyalties, only targets.
See more »

Connections

Features Dirty Dancing (1987) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Neither can dead scripts...
14 September 2001 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

The presence of action and adventure film veterans Michael Biehn (Navy Seals), Adrian Paul (the "Highlander" TV series) and R. Lee Ermey (Full Metal Jacket) couldn't resuscitate this flick... the dialogue and plot rarely rise above sophomoric quality.

A major exception to that observation is an excellent gritty monologue delivered by R. Lee Ermey as a Cold War relic of a CIA bureaucrat pining for the good old days early in the film. More illustration of the conflict between Ermey's old-school spook and the (aw, crap!) lady general in charge would have helped the film considerably.

The cinematography is right down there with Saturday morning "hop n'chop" martial arts films - disappointing, considering the crew was equipped to do better. I frankly was angry that this movie didn't have more polish and visual impact than it does.

Also, the technical adviser was either absent or not being listened to by the director and writers. The military details - vignettes of Ranger training and the way in which Biehn and Paul's sniper/spook characters operate ring palpably false - lack the authenticity which even the average modern TV techno-thriller series has - even the later, more disappointing seasons of "24" inspire more willing suspension of belief than "Dead Men Don't Dance."

Finally, the plot peters out toward the end. It's neither compelling nor plausible. You don't strongly care about the characters toward the end, you're just grateful for the end credits so you can get on with your life. The bad guys are predictably bad, the plot twists, while not quite telegraphed, are not terribly surprising either. If a plot twists out in the demilitarized zone somewhere and no one's paying attention, does it make any difference?

The title of this film should be "Night of the Living Dead Plot." You'll never get the hour and a half of your life spent watching this turkey back; paint your house if there's nothing on the tube besides this... watching your walls dry will easily be more entertaining.


4 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Dead Men Can't Dance (1997) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?