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Dead Bang (1989)

A cop is gunned down on Xmas eve. Jerry Beck, the homicide cop given the job of hunting the killer, investigates some leads which bring him into contact with a group of white supremacy ... See full summary »

Director:

John Frankenheimer

Writers:

Robert Foster (screenplay), Jerry Beck (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Don Johnson ... Jerry Beck
Penelope Ann Miller ... Linda
William Forsythe ... Arthur Kressler
Bob Balaban ... Elliot Webly
Frank Military ... Bobby Burns
Tate Donovan ... John Burns
Antoni Stutz ... Ray
Mickey Jones ... Sleepy
Ron Campbell Ron Campbell ... Crossfield
William Traylor William Traylor ... Elton Tremmel
Hy Anzell ... Captain Waxman
Michael Jeter ... Dr. Krantz
Tim Reid ... Chief Dixon
James B. Douglas James B. Douglas ... Agent Gilroy
Brad Sullivan ... Chief Hillard
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Storyline

A cop is gunned down on Xmas eve. Jerry Beck, the homicide cop given the job of hunting the killer, investigates some leads which bring him into contact with a group of white supremacy extremists. In addition to the racists, Beck also has to contend with an unhelpful FBI agent. Written by Rob Hartill

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For one cop this isn't just a case. It's a war. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Turkish

Release Date:

24 March 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dead-Bang See more »

Filming Locations:

Alberta, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$14,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,847,690, 24 March 1989, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$8,125,592
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Final film of William Traylor. See more »

Quotes

Captain Waxman: Oh, it's agent Kressler. It's a PO named Webley. It's patrol officers from Kimble's murder who said you acted in an insensitive manner. It's a Goddamn Greek chorus of folks, Jerry. There are complaints of excessive drinking, language unbecoming an officer, physical intimidation and kidnapping.
Jerry Beck: I didn't kidnap anyone.
Captain Waxman: Aw, that's a beautiful rebuttal considering the list of charges.
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Referenced in Resident Alien (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

Un Mundo Raro
Performed by Los Tres Diamantes (as Los Tres Diamantes)
Courtesy of BMG Ariola Internacional
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wow! a throwing-up scene!
15 October 2002 | by dtucker86See all my reviews

John Frankenheimer really outdid himself when he directed this film. What an accomplishment from the director of Birdman Of Alcatraz, The Manchurian Candidate, Seven Days In May, The Train and Black Sunday. Imagine a scene showing the films hero throwing up all over someone! What innovative filmaking. Seriously this is a typical cop thriller. Without the foul words it could have been an episode of Miami Vice. Don Johnson plays an alcoholic, down on his luck, loose cannon on the deck cop chasing white supremists through the Southwest. Johnson is an intense hero even if he isn't likeable in some ways. Theres a wonderful scene where he throws a fit after talking to his ex-wife. Theres a good foot chase involving several car accidents as well. My favorite part though is the one where he threatens the police shrink he compares to Woody Allen. I can understand why they never made Dead Bang 2 but this film is still worth your time if you like cop thrillers.


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