Dead Heat (2002)

R  |   |  Action, Comedy, Crime  |  23 July 2002 (USA)
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A heart problem forces the cop Pally to retire, and his wife Charlotte is separating him. Charlotte makes Pally's half-brother Ray visit, and he suggest buying a race horse will cheer him up. He does, but then a mob boss steals the horse.



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Ray (as Anthony Lapaglia)
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Heart problems force Boston cop Pally LaMarr to retire; he's in a funk and his wife Charlotte sends him packing. At Charlotte's insistence, Pally's half-brother Ray pays Pally a visit and suggests he buy a race horse to cheer up. Ray's always playing the angles, and he's got his eye on a horse that's cheap because it's been misdiagnosed. Ray knows the horse is a champion. Before they can win some money, a local mob boss, Frank Finnigan, sees the horse and steals it as payment for the gambling debt of Tony, a local jockey and single parent. Can Pally and Ray get the horse back, get Tony out of hock, and win some moola? What about Charlotte: can Pally let his heart take the lead? Written by <>

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Rated R for language, brief sexuality and violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

23 July 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

I Fought the Law  »

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1.85 : 1
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Pally LaMarr: race it's fucking feet off
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Written by Lisa Marr, Mike Flanagan, Dave Philips, Sherri Solinger
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Dead Heat "I liked it"
5 September 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I would have to say I liked this movie, No I am not a couch potato! But I am a huge fan of Keifer Sutherland!! I happen to enjoy him in "different" roles!! He is one of a chosen few that can play "any" role!!! Seeing him in 24, may confuse people do the point that he plays it so well, and no one could play it better!! Even in small roles such as "stand by me" or "taking lives" a small role but a huge impact!! He is one of those actors that a movie can be dull but though he is in it, it is a movie worth watching!! I agree that Dead Heat does not have "blockbuster" written all over it but I understood the story line, A man that had to give up his career due to a heart condition, then he gets a opportunity to live a life-long dream with of course some turbulence on the way, But in the end he got the girl actually 2 and lived happily ever after!!

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