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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 »

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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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You know the man at a glance. And he still carries a badge. DON JOHNSON is JERRY BECK. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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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, 26 March 1989

Gross USA:

$8,125,592

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,125,592
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The murder of a police officer and the suspects' flight to another state to avoid prosecution would fall under the jurisdiction of the FBI and it would not be common for a local homicide detective to be pursuing them across the country. If the suspect stayed in the bounds of their jurisdiction, then the FBI could still assist but it would remain the reposnibility of local law enforcement. The murder of a federal officer is always the responsibility of the FBI. See more »

Quotes

Chief Hillard: Ah, Dorothy. We're arriving at the Steadman place. Have Barney send over a couple of steak sandwiches at the office about twelve thirty. What?
[to Beck]
Chief Hillard: Fries or baked?
Jerry Beck: What?
Chief Hillard: [prompting under breath] Fries, fries.
Jerry Beck: Oh, fries, yes.
Chief Hillard: Thanks, hon. Fries.
Jerry Beck: [all hell breaks loose. The car crashes into the ditch riddled with bullets. Chief Hillard grabs a shotgun] You don't need a gun, chief. Just tell them who you are!
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Referenced in Percy tårar (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Un Mundo Raro
Performed by Los Tres Diamantes (as Los Tres Diamantes)
Courtesy of BMG Ariola Internacional
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Johnson does the anti-Crockett cop
7 August 2006 | by udar55See all my reviews

I saw this in the theater and the only thing I remembered about it was Don Johnson puking on a guy. So with all the talk of Frankenheimer on the other board, I decided to revisit it and was more than happy I did. Don Johnson stars as Jerry Beck (apparently based on a real LAPD cop) who begins to investigate the murder of a fellow officer. The investigation ends up taking him all over the US on the trail of white supremacists. The film is pretty gritty and realistic but suffers from a terrible Hollywood "We blinded you with convenience" ending. That aside, there is much to like here from Johnson's anti-Crockett cop to great supporting turns by William Forsythe and Bob Balaban to the witty script. And, of course, the aforementioned puke scene. Not as good (or as sleazy) as my 52 PICK UP, my favorite 80s Frankenheimer vehicle, but still worth checking out.


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