Dead Bang (1989)




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A police detective (Don Johnson), whose job is the only thing he has left in his life, must investigate the murder of a fellow officer. He follows the trail and is shocked to find a white-supremacist conspiracy in the process.
R (adult situations/language, violence)
Action & Adventure , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Warner Home Video

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William Forsythe
as Arthur Kressler
Michael Jeter
as Dr. Krantz
Tate Donovan
as John Burns
Don Johnson
as Jerry Beck
Tim Reid
as Chief Dixon
Bob Balaban
as Elliot Webly
Mic Rodgers
as Sgt. Kimble
Brad Sullivan
as Chief Hillard
Garwin Sanford
as Officer #1
Ron Jeremy
as Biker #3
Mickey Jones
as Sleepy
Billy Boyle
as Priest
Daniel Quinn
as James 'Hard Rock' Ellis
Michael Higgins
as Rev. Gebhardt
Ron Campbell
as Crossfield
Frank Military
as Bobby Burns
Frank C. Turner
as Cottonwood Officer
James Douglas
as Agent Gilroy
Sam Scarber
as Detective Bilson
Jarion Monroe
as LAPD Officer
Hy Anzell
as Capt. Waxman
Tiger Haynes
as Edwin Gates
Evans Evans
as Mrs. Gebhardt
Maureen Thomas
as Teacher
William Traylor
as Elton Tremmel
Trudy Forbes
as Female Officer
Ernie Jackson
as Dixon's Man #2
William Taylor
as Elton Tremmel
Darwyn Swalve
as Biker #1
Ron Hyatt
as Biker
J.B. Douglas
as Agent Gilroy
Ron Carothers
as Dixon's Man #1
Lon Katzman
as Officer #2
Ricardo Ascencio
as Ponchito
Jereme Beck
as Detective John
Christine Cable
as Karen Beck
Juliana Carter
as Dixon's Wife
Dawn Mortensen
as Daughter
Valerie Pearson
as Helpful Person
Justin Stillwell
as Mark Beck
Jerome Beck
as Detective John
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Critic Reviews for Dead Bang

All Critics (12)

It's clear immediately that Dead Bang, written by Robert Foster and directed by John Frankenheimer, isn't looking to reinvent the wheel in terms of its narrative...

Full Review… | August 21, 2015
Reel Film Reviews

A film that maybe could only be more absurd if Woody Allen played the Don Johnson role.

Full Review… | January 5, 2015
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

John Frankenheimer was unhappy with the way the studio cut this one, but it remains a competent, watchable action-thriller. Most memorable for a scene where Don Johnson's hungover cop pukes on a suspect.

March 5, 2006

An excitable but mawkish misfire by action-oriented filmmaker Frankenheimer. A vehicle designed to capitalize on Johnson's roguish appeal simply results in a dead bang.

June 7, 2003

the lowest point in John Frankenheimer's career

September 17, 2002

Entirely standard cop fare. And Don Johson is the cop.

July 25, 2002

Audience Reviews for Dead Bang

I haven't bought this movie YET but I am going to I LOVED THIS MOVIE when I first seen it back when it came out and back then Don Johnson was the Sh*t this movie is great it has drama and action and funny where it needs it if you haven't seen this flick I feel sorry for you Oh and I never watched miami vice I just liked Johnson in this movie.

David Dale
David Dale

I saw this a long time ago, and barely remember it. All I can remember is thinking how dull and boring it was at the time.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

(* 1/2): Thumbs Down Way over-the-top (especially Don Johnson's performance) and just too silly at times.


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