Dead Heat on a Merry-Go-Round (1966)

Dead Heat on a Merry-Go-Round





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James Coburn stars in this comedy-melodrama as Eli Kotch, who uses his charm to obtain a parole from prison by having an affair with a female psychologist. Eli's plan upon getting out of jail is to rob a bank at the L.A. International Airport. The date of the bank robbery coincides with the arrival of the Russian premier, so that bank security will be minimal with the premier attracting most of the airport security forces. Harrison Ford appears in his film debut in the bit part of a bellhop.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense, Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Bernard Girard
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 30, 2003
Sony Pictures Entertainment


as Eli Kotch

as Inger Knudson

as Frieda Schmid

as Eddie Hart

as Milo Stewart

as Margaret Kirby

as Alfred Morgan

as Dr. Marion Hague

as Paul Feng

as Miles Fisher

as Jack Balter

as George Logan

as William Anderson

as Gen. Mailenkoff

as Capt. William Yates

as Officer Howard

as Translator

as Willie Manus

as Lyman Mann

as Sgt. Elmer K. Coxe

as Willie Manus

as Taxi Driver

as Mrs. Galbrace

as Police Chief Yates

as Belly Dancer

as Bellhop Pager

as Janice Brown

as Police Chief Yates

as Police Chief Yates

as Bellhop Pager

as Police Chief Yates
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Critic Reviews for Dead Heat on a Merry-Go-Round

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | September 10, 2008
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Lags until it hits the climactic caper scene.

Full Review… | March 13, 2010
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Dated and very dull.

October 6, 2005
Fantastica Daily

Serviceable film best known for the film debut of Harrison Ford as the bell hop!

December 18, 2004
Nolan's Pop Culture Review

August 17, 2005

Audience Reviews for Dead Heat on a Merry-Go-Round


Nice heist movie. Also Harrison Ford's first film appearance.

Anthony Valletta

Super Reviewer

Tough guy James Coburn dully drags through a crime caper of epicly dull proportions. A con man (Coburn) is released from jail just to start planning for his next hit. Not much of anything to get excited about but not as bad as it might have been with a lesser actor in the lead. The only reason to give it a try if for the 5 second cameo by Harrison Ford in his first role as a bell hop.

The sort of thing Coburn was doing in his sleep by then. Watch for Harrison Ford's first big screen appearance.

Brad West

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