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Dead Bang (1989)

A cop is gunned down on Xmas eve. Jerry Beck, the homicide cop given the job of hunting the killer, investigates some leads which bring him into contact with a group of white supremacy ... See full summary »

Director:

John Frankenheimer

Writers:

Robert Foster (screenplay), Jerry Beck (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Don Johnson ... Jerry Beck
Penelope Ann Miller ... Linda
William Forsythe ... Arthur Kressler
Bob Balaban ... Elliot Webly
Frank Military ... Bobby Burns
Tate Donovan ... John Burns
Antoni Stutz ... Ray
Mickey Jones ... Sleepy
Ron Campbell Ron Campbell ... Crossfield
William Traylor William Traylor ... Elton Tremmel
Hy Anzell ... Captain Waxman
Michael Jeter ... Dr. Krantz
Tim Reid ... Chief Dixon
James B. Douglas James B. Douglas ... Agent Gilroy
Brad Sullivan ... Chief Hillard
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Storyline

A cop is gunned down on Xmas eve. Jerry Beck, the homicide cop given the job of hunting the killer, investigates some leads which bring him into contact with a group of white supremacy extremists. In addition to the racists, Beck also has to contend with an unhelpful FBI agent. Written by Rob Hartill

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There's a powerful conspiracy in the heartland of America. One cop has become their prime target. They have become his obsession. This isn't a case anymore... It's a war. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Turkish

Release Date:

24 March 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dead-Bang See more »

Filming Locations:

Alberta, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$14,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,847,690, 26 March 1989

Gross USA:

$8,125,592

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,125,592
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Don Johnson's first attempt to establish himself as a film action star. His commitments to Miami Vice (1984) prevented him from accepting high-profile genre films such as The Untouchables (1987) and Die Hard (1988). Johnson was able to make this film in part due to the 1988 Writer's Guild of America strike delaying production on Miami Vice's fifth and final season. See more »

Quotes

Jerry Beck: Fuck you, Sherrif! And your french fries.
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Referenced in Percy tårar (1996) See more »

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Serenata Huasteca
Performed by Los Tres Ases
Courtesy of BMG Ariola Internacional
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Anything but a dead bang....
4 August 2004 | by g-amp-smckenzieSee all my reviews

Another one of those TV stars who moved into movies this sadly has been put alongside with Caruso's JADE but on closer inspection all movies are not that bad..... Dead Bang is a fairly run of the mill cop against bad guys type thing but what takes it out of the run of the mill is the direction from Frankenheimer & the star turn from Johnson. Johnson gives a great performance as the stressed cop,we can see the frustration in Beck's life either doing his job or trying to see his kids,his acting is done very well & not over the top..in particular the xmas morning bust Beck makes..the start of the scene we see the alcoholic sweats to later on being sick all over the suspect. The supporting cast however do not raise their game to give the support Johnson needs with William Forsythe in particular giving a completely wooden performance which is surprizing as he has been so much better.

The action scenes are handled very well indeed...The gunfights(are they're are a few) are not to Hollywood for my liking.

On the whole a very enjoyable movie & it shows that Don Johnson should have been a movie star.


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