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Dead-Bang (1989) 1989 R CC

4.1 out of 5 stars (61) IMDb 6.1/10

Heartthrob Don Johnson stars in this fact-based action thriller as a dedicated L.A. homicide detective who, while investigating a routine murder, stumbles upon a frightening conspiracy.

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Don Johnson, Penelope Ann Miller
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1 hour, 41 minutes

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Genres Drama, Thriller, Action
Director John Frankenheimer
Starring Don Johnson, Penelope Ann Miller
Supporting actors William Forsythe, Bob Balaban, Frank Military, Tate Donovan, Antoni Stutz, Mickey Jones, Ron Campbell, William Traylor, Hy Anzell, Michael Jeter, Tim Reid, James B. Douglas, Brad Sullivan, Phyllis Guerrini, Darwyn Swalve, David H. 'Dutch' Van Dalsem, Ron Jeremy, Sam Scarber
Studio Warner Bros.
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
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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.
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I don't agree with some of the other reviewers comments about this movie. It moves along at a fast pace with sarcasm and witty

dialogue that keeps me entertained and laughing throughout. I say give Dead-Bang a chance. It's one of the best movies Don Johnson ever did.
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A detective with personal problems is a cliché more often than not either overplayed or underplayed. In this case the story strikes just the right balance so you know what sort of person the central character is when he ignores his own problems to find the suspect he believes murdered a police officer. He pursues his suspect cross country through a maze of neonazi connections that draw the reluctant attention of the FBI. To me it’s an interesting storyline that strikes just the right balance between enough action and too much action. The plot is never overpowered with action that seems out of place or exaggerated. A solid cop story.
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This may be sacrilege to some, but Dead Bang is one of my three all time favorite cop movies. The other two are Dirty Harry and Bullitt. I saw this movie in the theater and left thoroughly entertained. Never having been a Miami Vice or Don Johnson fan, I gave this movie a chance and twenty five years later I still love it and gladly watch it again and again. As I have gotten older and have lived life, I can better appreciate Don Johnson's character's predicament in his personal life and how that sometimes intrudes on the job. Aside from those things, this movie has some great lines and memorable scenes, such as the classic Christmas morning foot chase. If you like detective movies, give this one a try. It is not really an action movie as much as it is a good story that involves a dedicated cop trying to do his job.
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Dead Bang is an exceptional cop film from a great director. John Frankenheimer created a nice, engaging film here. I may be biased because I'm a Don Johnson fan, but I also love cop films so I know what I'm saying. Willim Forsythe and Don Johnson are both good in this, but Penelope Ann Miller is wasted. The plot may be a little cliche , but it gets the job done. If you liked this, I recommend Seven Days In May, The Train and French Connection 2 for other great Frankenheimer films.
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YOU REALLY HAVE TO SEE A MOVIE LIKE THIS TO GET A GLIMPSE OF WHAT SOME 'REAL COPS' GO THROUGH. ALTHOUGH DRAMATIZED, THE BASIS FOR THIS FLICK IS THE REAL LIFE EXPLIOTS OF L.A. COUNTY SHERIFFS HOMICE INVESTIGATOR JEROME BECK.
IT IS A RIVETING CHARACTER STUDY OF WHAT THIS JOB CAN DO TO A MAN, HIS MARRIAGE, HIS KIDS AND HIS PSYCHE.
DON JOHNSON DOES AN EXCELLENT JOB OF PLAYING THE MORBID, BURNT OUT COP ON THE EDGE. HE'S DRINKING EXCESSIVELY, GOING THROUGH A BITTER CUSTODY BATTLE WITH HIS EX, LIVING IN A DUMP AND BREAKING EVERY RULE IN THE BOOK TO GET A NEO-NAZI MANIAC WHO KILLED A DISTANT POLICE CAMPADRE.
THE ONE OBVIOUS FLAW IN THE FILM IS THE TOTALLY PROCEDURALLY INCORRECT WAY THE VICTIM OFFICER APPROACHES AN ARMED ROBBERY/MURDER SUSPECT. ANY REAL COP WATCHING THE SHOW WILL BE TEMPTED TO HIT THE 'STOP' BUTTON ON THE V.C.R. THERE. BUT IF YOU CAN WADE PAST THIS NONSESICAL SCENE ITS A PRETTY DECENT FLICK.
JOHNSON SHINES IN A MEMORABLE SCENE WHERE HE IS ORDERED TO UNDERGO PSYCHOLOGICAL COUSELING DUE TO HIS ERRATIC BEHAVIOUR.
AS THE PENCIL NECKED ANALYST'S EGO IS STEPPED ON HE PREPARES TO END THE SESSION 'RUSHING TO JUDGEMENT' ON THE VETERAN OFFICER'S
MENTAL STATE. JOHNSON'S 'BECK' USES SOME PURSUASIVE PSYCO BABBLE OF HIS OWN TO DETER THE COUSELOR FROM ENDING HIS 'BECKS' CAREER.
IT IS A GREAT SCENE AND THE HIGHLIGHT OF THE FILM.
THE THING THAT MAKES THIS CHARACTER DIFFERENT FROM 'SONNY CROCKETT' OR 'NASH BRIDGES' IS THE REALNESS OF THE GUY. HE DOESNT SPOUT POLITICALLY CORRECT ONE LINERS. HE DOESNT WEAR FASHIONS THAT NO REAL COP COULD EVER AFFORD, AND HIS LIFE IS THE EXACT OPPOSITE OF GLAMOROUS.
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By GinNC on March 19, 2012
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The fact that this movie is reflective of a true story added to my interest and enjoyment of the film. This may well be the best work that Don Johnson ever turned in. It appeared to have been made as a B movie, but Johnson's work, a good supporting cast, and some unique imagry make this a keeper.
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