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Dead Bang
Dead Bang
Actors: Don Johnson, Penelope Ann Miller, William Forsythe, Bob Balaban, Tim Reid
Director: John Frankenheimer
Genres: Action & Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
R     2004     1hr 43min

The race murders committed by a group of neo-Nazis in Dead-Bang are based on fact, but the down-on-his-luck, L.A. homicide detective (Don Johnson in a role inspired by a real-life cop) investigating them is the real show h...  more »

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Actors: Don Johnson, Penelope Ann Miller, William Forsythe, Bob Balaban, Tim Reid
Director: John Frankenheimer
Genres: Action & Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Crime, John Frankenheimer, Comedy, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Warner Home Video
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 06/01/2004
Original Release Date: 03/24/1989
Theatrical Release Date: 03/24/1989
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 1hr 43min
Screens: Color,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 5
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English, French
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Movie Reviews

Pretty Good, Not Bad at ALL !
rkenter | Madras, Tamil Nadu, India | 12/25/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Don Johnson plays Jerry Beck a tough cop who doesn't play it by the book everytime. He's got an arduous task of tracking down & bringing to justice a group of white supremists who are responsible for knocking down among other things a black store owner, a hispanic restaurant owner and also kill a cop in the process. His obsessive chase takes him far & wide across the country until he hits the mountain plains of Denver ( Canadian location used cleverly instead of the mile high city ) . The climax especially with an unhelpful FBI agent leads him to an isolated church where the final action takes place. Without doubt the last 25 mins or so, is excellent action and veteran director John Frankenheimer shows an eye for DETAIL ! Don Johnson does full justice to his role with some clever humor thrown in as well. The editing and cinematography is sharp and one definite plus point is the music of Gary Chang."
The Search for Bobby Burns
Acute Observer | Jersey Shore USA | 02/07/2007
(2 out of 5 stars)

"The film opens with a man looking at a pile of past due debts. Jerry Beck is a divorced policeman who has a restraining order. Then we see an armed robber shoot a store owner, then a policeman, when he escapes. Beck is sent to search for suspects in these killings. One name is on the top of the list, so Beck tracks him down, but Bobby Burns gets away.

Another scene show more bad guys robbing a cantiña and shooting the customers. The sheriff calls Jerry Beck to report this because of the wanted notice. When they go to investigate the robbers attack them with machine guns! [Too exaggerated?] These robbers are part of a white supremacy group. Beck traced them to Oklahoma (a long way from California and Arizona). More action occurs, but not much happens.

Beck's actions cause him to be treated by a psychiatrist to determine his fitness for duty. [This is the comic part.] Reinstated, Beck goes to Boulder Colorado to investigate the "Selby Ranch". This a military operation doesn't find Bobby Burns there. But the search continues, they find a secret tunnel. There is a shoot-out, a surprising finish, and the good guys win in the end.

The basic idea for this film is good, but this plot could have been better. It wasn't serious enough.
A good time waster but not "dead bang" on
movie hound john | 01/03/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)

"i have to admit i like this movie. sure you could drive a truck through the plot holes, but for some reason this one clicked for me. don johnson gives a very good preformance as a cop to beat down to let this case of a cop killer go, and as is always the case it leads to a much bigger problem than he though. like i saidnot a great film,but i did enjoy it,so if you like don johnson sit back and enjoy"
Don Johnson doing another cop movie
Susannah St Clair Foxy Loxy | North Bend Washington | 05/26/2009
(2 out of 5 stars)

"I like Don Johnson most of the time. This is not one of those times.. Just not a very good movie. Just not very engaging. A fair amount of action but after I watched it, I had to look at the back to remember it. Enough said."