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Dead Beat (1994)

R | | Thriller | 1 August 1994 (USA)
In 1965, Rudy, a Midwestern high-school kid, moves to Albuquerque; lonely and friendless, he's attracted to Kit, slightly older, with a car, his own apartment, and spending money. Kit loves... See full summary »

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Adam Dubov
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bruce Ramsay ... Kit
Balthazar Getty ... Rudy
Max Perlich ... Jimmy
Caleb Smith Caleb Smith ... Drunken Teenager
Casey Dixon Casey Dixon ... Heidi
Meredith Salenger ... Donna
Wendy Gastellum Wendy Gastellum ... Cindy
Sara Gilbert ... Martha
Vatsana Bilavarn Vatsana Bilavarn ... Ruth
Alida Gunn Alida Gunn ... Tammy
Debbie Harry ... Mrs. Kurtz (as Deborah Harry)
Jerome Zelle Jerome Zelle ... Danny Kurtz
Natasha Gregson Wagner ... Kirsten
Barbara Glover ... Aquatic Director
Rick Dubov Rick Dubov ... Liquor Store Clerk
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Storyline

In 1965, Rudy, a Midwestern high-school kid, moves to Albuquerque; lonely and friendless, he's attracted to Kit, slightly older, with a car, his own apartment, and spending money. Kit loves Elvis and loves the ladies; plus, he's a complete phony: his tan is fake, he wears lifts, he lies to girls, and he pretends to care about Rudy. Kit also shares a dark secret with two other devoted followers, Jimmy and Martha. He meets his match in Kirsten, a spoiled rich girl who gives as good as she gets. When she and a younger cousin disappear, Rudy must choose between loneliness and the law. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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To Live and Let Die See more »

Genres:

Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and sociopathic behavior, including violence and sexuality | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 August 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Phony Perfector See more »

Filming Locations:

Sonoran Desert, Arizona, USA See more »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

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Color
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Trivia

Except for the name changes, this is the story of real-life killer Charles Schmid, who murdered several teenagers in Tucson, Arizona, in the mid-'60s. See more »

Soundtracks

So Long Baby
Written and performed by Del Shannon
Courtesy of Mole Hole Records
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Desert playboy and his downfall .........
19 January 2011 | by merklekranzSee all my reviews

Bruce Ramsay is terrific as Kit, the charming, manipulative, desert playboy, who hides some well hidden skeletons. His enormous ego is padded with beer can lifts in his boots, layers of makeup, and zero tolerance of rejection. Kit's favorite sport is playing his numerous ladies for fools. Eventually he meets his match in Kristen (Natasha Gregson Wagner), who manages to turn the tables on Kit, with disastrous results. The story is told through the eyes of Rudy (Balthazar Getty), who is a friend, and "born follower" of Kit. The soundtrack of 60s music is impressive, and the 50s/60s cars are great. If you enjoy quirky characters who behave irrationally, "Dead Beat" is your movie. - MERK


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