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Dead Beat (1994)

R | | Thriller | 1 August 1994 (USA)
In 1965, Rudy, a Midwestern high-school kid, moves to Albuquerque; lonely and friendless, he's attracted to Kit, slightly older, with a car, his own apartment, and spending money. Kit loves... See full summary »

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Adam Dubov
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bruce Ramsay ... Kit
Balthazar Getty ... Rudy
Max Perlich ... Jimmy
Caleb Smith Caleb Smith ... Drunken Teenager
Casey Dixon Casey Dixon ... Heidi
Meredith Salenger ... Donna
Wendy Gastellum Wendy Gastellum ... Cindy
Sara Gilbert ... Martha
Vatsana Bilavarn Vatsana Bilavarn ... Ruth
Alida Gunn Alida Gunn ... Tammy
Debbie Harry ... Mrs. Kurtz (as Deborah Harry)
Jerome Zelle Jerome Zelle ... Danny Kurtz
Natasha Gregson Wagner ... Kirsten
Barbara Glover ... Aquatic Director
Rick Dubov Rick Dubov ... Liquor Store Clerk
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Storyline

In 1965, Rudy, a Midwestern high-school kid, moves to Albuquerque; lonely and friendless, he's attracted to Kit, slightly older, with a car, his own apartment, and spending money. Kit loves Elvis and loves the ladies; plus, he's a complete phony: his tan is fake, he wears lifts, he lies to girls, and he pretends to care about Rudy. Kit also shares a dark secret with two other devoted followers, Jimmy and Martha. He meets his match in Kirsten, a spoiled rich girl who gives as good as she gets. When she and a younger cousin disappear, Rudy must choose between loneliness and the law. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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To Live and Let Die See more »

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Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and sociopathic behavior, including violence and sexuality | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 August 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Phony Perfector See more »

Filming Locations:

Sonoran Desert, Arizona, USA See more »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color
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Except for the name changes, this is the story of real-life killer Charles Schmid, who murdered several teenagers in Tucson, Arizona, in the mid-'60s. See more »

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Wedding Chills
Performed by James Intveld
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Not Exactly Dante or Shakespeare But Entertaining enough...
12 June 2001 | by sugahmunkySee all my reviews

I am the Queen of Quirk so I was able to appreciate this off beat film.

I had never even heard anything about it before. I just found it for $5 in the discount Video Box. Anyway, it looked weird enough and it definitely is just that.

It's about a play boy named Kit (Bruce Ramsey) who is a total phony. He dyes his hair, applies powder foundation and wears flattened cans in his cowboy boots to make himself appear taller. Every girl is in love with him because he looks and sings like Elvis. He is seemingly serious about one girl though and that is Martha (Sarah Gilbert). Well, that is, until Kirsten comes on the scene (Natasha Gregson Wagner-the princess of offbeat films). She is a skank (just like him), she's insane and has something complex going on underneath (just like him). They are perfect for each other...for awhile.

This isn't just a love story though. Did Kit kill a girl awhile back and bury her out in the desert or is that just one of his lame, made up stories? Murders become a theme in the film towards the end and all the relationship humour is soon forgotten.

This film isn't exactly *amazing* but it's not completely awful. It's funny, it's entertaining and it has the campiness of a film from 1965 (that's when the film takes place). I give it 7/10 for quirk/weirdness.


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