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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Jerry Beck (portrayed by Don Johnson) is a real life LAPD Homicide detective who at the time had worked some 30 years in the department. He was seen on the television series COPS during this time with his long time partner Ray Verdugo, who has also has been seen in films such as Heat (1995) during the 90's. See more »

Quotes

Jerry Beck: Thanks for all the help. Sorry, Kressler, but me and the doc, we got along just like that.
[crosses fingers]
Jerry Beck: Two peas in a pod.
Arthur Kressler: Really? What did you do, threaten his wife and kids?
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Connections

Referenced in Ken Adam: Designing Bond (2000) See more »

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Serenata Huasteca
Performed by Los Tres Ases
Courtesy of BMG Ariola Internacional
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LA cop takes on white supremacists who've killed one of his own.
26 August 2000 | by dangerousSee all my reviews

I shied away from this film initially, due to its low IMDB rating at the time, but I was very pleasantly surprised. It's based on actual events, yet the story has all the right elements of a great action film. Don Johnson's LA cop is up against tremendous odds, a renegade, a drunk, lonely, and yet an entirely likeable character. Whether you like Johnson (the actor), or Frankenheimer (the director), or action films (the genre) in general, give this film a chance. It's almost perfect. Completely underrated by the scoring on this site.

7.5 out of 10


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