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Dead Heat (1988)

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Two policemen are brought back to life to chase down supernatural criminals.

Director:

Mark Goldblatt

Writer:

Terry Black
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Treat Williams ... Roger Mortis
Joe Piscopo ... Doug Bigelow
Lindsay Frost ... Randi James
Darren McGavin ... Dr. Ernest McNab
Vincent Price ... Arthur P. Loudermilk
Clare Kirkconnell ... Rebecca Smythers
Keye Luke ... Mr. Thule
Robert Picardo ... Lieutenant Herzog
Mel Stewart ... Captain Mayberry
Professor Toru Tanaka ... Butcher
Martha Quinn Martha Quinn ... Newscaster
Ben Mittleman Ben Mittleman ... Bob
Peter Kent ... Smitty
Cate Caplin Cate Caplin ... Saleswoman
Monica Lewis ... Mrs. Von Heisenberg
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Storyline

Roger Mortis and Doug Bigelow are cops that are chasing crooks that are dead serious about crime. Or should I say they are chasing dead crooks perpetrating serious crimes? Seems some nutcase has learned how to bring back the dead and is sending them on crime sprees. Now these indestructable goons are in the way of officers Mortis and Bigelow. To even things up, when Mortis is killed (in the line of duty, of course) he gets a jump start from the Resurrection machine and takes the fight to the zombie bad guys. Written by Tim Kretschmann <Tim.K@VirComm.com>

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These cops are on the biggest murder case of their lives... their own. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 May 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Flic ou zombie See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,667,036, 8 May 1988, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,588,626
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Helpern / Meltzer See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The lead character is Roger Mortis. Mortis is the Latin word for "death". Roger Mortis also sounds quite a bit like rigor mortis. See more »

Goofs

The large man attacks Mortis with the meat cleaver. Moments before Mortis wraps it in a bandage we see the hand is clearly a prop having a thumb and two fingers on the left side of the now missing digit and two fingers on the right. He did not have six digits before. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Thule: Life and death are both expressions of the same eternal spirit.
Det. Doug Bigelow: You oughta write fortune cookies, pal.
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Alternate Versions

TV versions have additional scenes that were cut out of the original release. Included: The Mausoleom part is longer (and includes an appearance by Dick Miller), Mortis having a nightmare about his Death Day Party (with Piscopo in Zomibiefied makeup). These scenes and more are included on the 2004 DVD release (in rough but watchable quality). See more »

Connections

Referenced in Back in Action (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Dead Heat
Written by John Huckert (as John W. Huckert Jr.), Patrick Read Johnson & Phil Settle (as Philip J. Settle)
Performed by Phil Settle
Copyright © 1987 by: Sarah Beth Songs BMI
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Much needed 2nd opinion
15 April 2003 | by mgaines-1See all my reviews

Just want to offer another opinion on this movie for fans of zombies, buddy cop movies, schlock & the like. And don't miss Vincent Price.

OK, Dead Heat will never be listed alongside OscarT winners, big deal. There're plenty of award-winning movies that I don't like, but fans of cult movies are missing something here: Funny kitch.

The pitch meeting must've been hilarious: Picture Lethal Weapon meets Return of the Living Dead meets ReAnimator. C'mon, the genre mix alone is worth the look.

It may not be saying much, but this is Piscopo's best movie. I've been waiting for the DVD release to add it to my cult favorites.


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