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Deadbeat at Dawn (1988)

Not Rated | | Action, Crime, Horror | 14 May 1999 (UK)
One last job separates the leader of the Ravens gang from an early retirement. When he finds his girlfriend beaten to death by members of a rival gang, he seeks revenge, knowing that he may be dead by dawn. Will more blood bring her back?

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Jim Van Bebber

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Jim Van Bebber
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Harper Paul Harper ... Danny
Jim Van Bebber Jim Van Bebber ... Goose
Megan Murphy Megan Murphy ... Christy
Ric Walker Ric Walker ... Keith
Marc Pitman ... Bone Crusher
Maureen Allisse Maureen Allisse ... Iris (as Maureen Gentner)
Tom Burns Tom Burns
Steve King Steve King
Dave Parker Dave Parker ... Drive-thru attendant
Bill Stover Bill Stover ... Stubby
Carol Lee Carol Lee
Mark Gillespie Mark Gillespie
Tom Harris Tom Harris ... Man in Bar
John Bradley John Bradley
Lili Hendler Lili Hendler
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After one too many encounters with The Spiders (a rival gang), The Ravens' leader's girlfriend tells him to quit the gang or it's Splitsville. He does so, but the leader of The Spiders is hellbent on revenge and arranges the murder of the girlfriend. That ticks off the boyfriend, who wreaks havoc with the two gangs, who have joined forces in order to pull off a security truck heist. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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He quit the gangs. They killed his girl. He became... Deadbeat at Dawn. See more »

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Action | Crime | Horror

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Trivia

Shot over the course of 4 years. See more »

Quotes

Goose: You oughta get laid more often, Keith, you'd be less of a fuckhead.
Keith: Shit, I fuck like a bunny.
Goose: Yeah, quick.
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Alternate Versions

Despite preparing a cuts list totalling more than 2 minutes, the BBFC banned the UK video release in 1998. See more »

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References A Clockwork Orange (1971) See more »

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Decent Late 80's U.S. Exploit Film
26 January 2006 | by EVOL666See all my reviews

I see that this film seems to have many hard-core supporters, and although I liked it well enough, I was a little disappointed after actually seeing it. Not that DEADBEAT AT DAWN was a bad film by any means...It just didn't quite live up to what I thought it would...

Goose is the leader of a gang who's ready to quit the life and settle with his girlfriend. Other gang members don't find this acceptable, and end up killing Goose's girlfriend. Of course this doesn't sit well with our protagonist and revenge is sweet...sorta...

For a low-budget film, this one is pretty good. A good amount of violence and a decent straight-forward plot (along with Goose's AWESOME nunchaku skills...) make up for mediocre acting and dialog (and the plethora of horrible mullets and other hair-style infringements...). Overall, I would recommend this for anyone who digs gritty, exploit-style films as this one DOES deliver. The last fight scene is worth the wait. Worth a look, just don't expect TOO much...7/10


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

14 May 1999 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Dayton, Ohio, USA

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