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Deadbeat at Dawn (1988)

Not Rated | | Action, Crime | 14 May 1999 (UK)
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 ... See full summary »

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Cast

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 May 1999 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Bandas callejeras See more »

Filming Locations:

Dayton, Ohio, USA

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Mono

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Color

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1.37 : 1
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Shot over the course of 4 years. See more »

Quotes

Goose: Fuck your noise!
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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 Enter the Dragon (1973) See more »

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Deadbeat at Dawn, Noon and Dusk.
22 January 2009 | by ElijahCSkuggsSee all my reviews

I wasn't really looking for this movie in the terms of it being a really good independent film. I was looking at a pal's list of movies and I noticed the word "Deadbeat". I don't know what it is but the word Deadbeat just works. So, I told him to make me a copy. He then tells me that it's a pretty sweet independent film with some serious violence. Wahoo!

Deadbeat At Dawn is a very gritty picture that tells the tale of Goose and his story of vengeance on his ex-rival gang the Spiders. I could go deeper into the story-line of why he's seeking revenge but that's kinda ruining the story for you.

I was pleasantly surprised with this one. At first I was kinda wary, but with the over-the-top acting and violence, I was easily swayed into enjoying it. The film more than anything is very gritty. Filthy feeling. And actually kind of feels like the movie Street Trash in this way. Going back to the acting, I was happy with how most of the characters were portrayed, and you should be too if you're even slightly into exploitation movies of the 70s and 80s. Oh, it was also pretty funny too.

Deadbeat At Dawn was a pretty entertaining flick that delivered the goods in terms of a rough and tough gang flick mixed with 80s charm - our lead character is ace with ninja stars and nunchuks. Tie in an awesomely violent ending, you've got yourself 80 minutes of pure exploitation goodness.


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