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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?


Jim Van Bebber


Jim Van Bebber




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


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.


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Was banned in the UK by the BBFC due to its high levels of violence. Now finally released uncut in 2018, 30 years after its original release. See more »


In final scene he is bleeding onto the sidewalk in three directions, then the sidewalk is bloodless. See more »


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

The Synapse DVD omits the brief scene where Goose attempts to side-kick a man while he is drunk in the bar, only to fall down and then get up to escape. On the DVD, he merely falls down and leaves. See more »


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Van Bebber is out of control
21 January 2000 | by wytsharkSee all my reviews

Jim Van Bebber seems to be a man with absolutely no impulse control...and thank god for it. Moving with the brash logic of a couple of 12 year old boys playing army in the backyard, Deadbeat at Dawn is curious and compelling, trashy and brilliant. You want cult? You want guilty pleasure? You want guys getting throwing stars lodged in their heads? This movie has it all and then some. At first glance, you may dismiss this as cheapjack filmmaking (the thing looks like a drive-in movie), but trying to shut it off is near impossible. You will be sucked in; you will be fascinated. And if Van Bebber isn't a guy who deserves a shot at the brass ring with a real budget and a real crew, I honestly don't know who is. Not only does he shoot action sequences with some of the most urgent and alive camera work I've seen in awhile, he also does his own stunts--some of it crazy Jackie Chan level stuff. Watching him get dragged around by a car at the end of the flick, I just sat there wondering how this guy didn't end up in a hospital or worse.

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14 May 1999 (UK) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Dayton, Ohio, USA

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