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Dead in a Heartbeat (2002)

A man in Seattle explodes. The bomb squad investigates, leading Lt. Tom to Gillian, a surgeon, who's implanting a pacemaker that explodes. Tom and Gillian chase her other pacemaker patients before they explode plus try to find the culprit.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Judge Reinhold ... Lt. Tom Royko
Penelope Ann Miller ... Dr. Gillian Hayes
Timothy Busfield ... Franklin
Fulvio Cecere ... Detective Berman
Matthew Walker ... Dr. Hayes
Jeffrey Ballard ... Troy
Sarah-Jane Redmond ... Jessica Sara (as Sarah Jane Redmond)
Zachary Ansley ... Male Doctor
Keith Provost Keith Provost ... Anesthesiologist
Adam J. Harrington ... Coroner (as Adam Harrington)
Donna Yamamoto ... Unit Nurse
Ingrid Tesch ... OR Nurse
Jason Griffith ... 1st Cop
William S. Taylor ... Benjamin McDonald (as William Taylor)
Trevor Herman Trevor Herman ... Airport Cop


An unlikely duo, Lieutenant Tom Royko of the Seattle Bomb Squad and renowned heart surgeon, Dr. Gillian Hayes, find themselves in a race against time to track down a disturbed bomber who is inexplicably causing Dr. Hayes' patients to explode. Written by Anonymous

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They're out for justice. He's into vengeance. The clock is ticking... and this man's got time to kill.


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3 March 2002 (USA) See more »

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Pulsations mortelles See more »

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Danny Nowak's (cinematography) name appears on Dr.Gillian Hayes' "list of ex-boyfriends" that she is showing to Royko See more »

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Anyone now willing to have Ms.Miller as personal surgeon?
4 September 2002 | by uvaSee all my reviews

Tension 9 - Perhaps you may predict who is going to make it and who isn't, nevertheless many situations are guaranteed to deliver chills to your own heart.

Story 6 - A deranged high-tech wiz out of vengeance implants bombs into the pace-makers applied to Dr.Gillian(Penelope A Miller)'s patients. Task of the surgeon will, of course, be removing them before they explode, with the aid of an artificer (Judge Reinhold). Original idea (with so many crazy people around these days, I don't find it so absurd), although the fact that the killer is omniscient makes it unrealistic. I understand she is meant to look self-assured, however Penelope at the beginning does surgery like she is mixing salad.

Ending 6 - Ordinary

OVERALL 7 - Good high-paced movie with fast action and sharp dialogue; the first scene is recommended for those not yet convinced that cigarettes are bad for the health.

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