Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||John Frankenheimer|
|Produced by||Stephen J. Roth
Robert L. Rosen
|Written by||Robert Foster|
Penelope Ann Miller
|Music by||Gary Chang
|Editing by||Robert F. Shugrue|
|Studio||Lorimar Film Entertainment|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros. Pictures|
|Release dates||March 29, 1989 (U.S.)
July 14, 1989 (Sweden)
July 28, 1989 (Norway)
August 26, 1989 (Finland)
|Running time||102 min.|
|Box office||$8,125,592 (domestic)|
Dead Bang is a 1989 action film directed by John Frankenheimer and starring Don Johnson. Johnson's character, based on real-life LASD Detective Jerry Beck, tracks the killer of a Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy and uncovers a plot involving hate literature, white supremacist militias and arms trafficking. The cast also includes Penelope Ann Miller, William Forsythe, Tim Reid, Bob Balaban, and Michael Jeter. Filmed in Calgary, Alberta.
A Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy is shot down on Christmas Eve when he stumbles upon a robbery-homicide at a convenience store. A down-on-his-luck L.A. County Sheriff's Dept. homicide detective, Jerry Beck (Johnson), is assigned to the case. As with every case, he takes this one very emotionally, because "the job" is the last thing left in his life, and vows to get the perpetrator no matter what.
The slain officer's widow further complicates the issue when she entices Beck into a one-night stand, in the hope that Beck will not only find but kill her husband's murderer. During the investigation Beck learns that the murder of a deputy sheriff was just the tip of the iceberg, as he finds the roots of the suspect are in a White Supremacist, Neo-Nazi group.
Detective Beck pursues the killer across several states and uncovers that the killer is involved with a White Supremacist, Neo-Nazi group that is involved in many violent crimes. Eventually Detective Beck tracks the killer to a Neo-Nazi compound in rural Colorado. Beck, with the assistance of a local police chief and his officers, corners the killer in an underground tunnel complex concealed under the neo-nazis' compound. Beck kills the suspect in a shootout when the killer fires on Detective Beck and the local police.
"Jerome Beck" is listed in the film's closing credits as walk-on character Detective John, and also as the film's technical police advisor.
- Don Johnson - LASD Detective Jerry Beck
- Penelope Ann Miller - Linda Kimble
- William Forsythe - FBI Special Agent Arthur Kressler
- Bob Balaban - Elliott Webley
- Frank Military - Bobby Burns
- Tate Donovan - John Burns
- Antoni Stutz - Ray
- Mickey Jones - Sleepy
- Ron Campbell - Crossfield
- William Traylor - Chief Elton Tremmel
- Hy Anzell - Captain Waxman
- Michael Jeter - Dr. Krantz
- Tim Reid - Chief Dixon
- James B. Douglas - Agent Gilroy
- Brad Sullivan - Chief Hillard
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