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 the 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.
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.
Dead Bang (1989)
Directed by: John Frankenheimer
Starring: Don Johnson, Penelope Ann Miller, William Forsythe, Bob Balaban, Frank Military, Tate Donovan, Antoni Stutz, Mickey Jones, James B. Douglas
Screenplay by: Robert Foster
Production Design by: Ken Adam
Cinematography by: Gerry Fisher
Film Editing by: Robert F. Shugrue
Costume Design by: Jodie Lynn Tillen
Set Decoration by: Arthur Jeph Parker
Art Direction by: Richard Hudolin, Alan Manzer
Music by: Gary Chang
Distributed by: Warner Bros. Pictures
Release Date: March 29, 1989