Dead Heat (1988)

R | 86 mins | Comedy | 6 May 1988

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HISTORY

       The 1 Sep 1987 HR production chart reported that principal photography began on 19 Aug 1987 in Southern CA. According to studio production notes in AMPAS library files, locations included: the Veterans Administration Hospital cafeteria in Los Angeles, CA; Memorial Park Cemetery in Hollywood, CA; the Library of the city of Pasadena, CA; and Donald C. Tillman Water Reclamation Plant in the San Fernando Valley.
       A 23 Aug 1987 LAT news brief mentioned Darren Starr as a writer on the film along with writer Terry Black. However, Starr is not credited onscreen. The 1 Sep 1987 HR production chart listed actor Dick Miller as a cast member, although he is not credited onscreen.
       The film was released on 6 May 1988 in New York and select theaters in Los Angeles, CA as stated in the 9 May 1988 LAT and 7 May 1988 NYT reviews.
       Reviews in the NYT and 8 May 1988 L.B. Press-Telegram stated that the film marked Mark Goldbatt’s directorial debut. The Aug 1988 Box and 9 May 1988 HR reviews reported the film was the first produced screenplay for writer Terry Black.
      End credits state: “Special Thanks to KTLA News LA, Joe Dante, The Martin Lawrence Gallery, Mrs. Fields Cookies, Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream, David Kraft, Richard Kraft, Buz Kohan, John Dechene, UCLA, The Firing Line, Image Processing Lab, Paul Cho, H.K. Huang, Bill House, Barbara Fisher, Jim Malconian.” Insurance provider Albert G. Ruben & Company, Inc. is misspelled "Albert G. Rubin & Company, Inc." in end credits. ... More Less

       The 1 Sep 1987 HR production chart reported that principal photography began on 19 Aug 1987 in Southern CA. According to studio production notes in AMPAS library files, locations included: the Veterans Administration Hospital cafeteria in Los Angeles, CA; Memorial Park Cemetery in Hollywood, CA; the Library of the city of Pasadena, CA; and Donald C. Tillman Water Reclamation Plant in the San Fernando Valley.
       A 23 Aug 1987 LAT news brief mentioned Darren Starr as a writer on the film along with writer Terry Black. However, Starr is not credited onscreen. The 1 Sep 1987 HR production chart listed actor Dick Miller as a cast member, although he is not credited onscreen.
       The film was released on 6 May 1988 in New York and select theaters in Los Angeles, CA as stated in the 9 May 1988 LAT and 7 May 1988 NYT reviews.
       Reviews in the NYT and 8 May 1988 L.B. Press-Telegram stated that the film marked Mark Goldbatt’s directorial debut. The Aug 1988 Box and 9 May 1988 HR reviews reported the film was the first produced screenplay for writer Terry Black.
      End credits state: “Special Thanks to KTLA News LA, Joe Dante, The Martin Lawrence Gallery, Mrs. Fields Cookies, Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream, David Kraft, Richard Kraft, Buz Kohan, John Dechene, UCLA, The Firing Line, Image Processing Lab, Paul Cho, H.K. Huang, Bill House, Barbara Fisher, Jim Malconian.” Insurance provider Albert G. Ruben & Company, Inc. is misspelled "Albert G. Rubin & Company, Inc." in end credits.
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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
Aug 1988
p. R-70.
Daily Variety
30 Oct 1987
p. 3.
Daily Variety
9 May 1988
p. 3, 21.
Hollywood Reporter
1 Sep 1987.
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Hollywood Reporter
15 Apr 1988.
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Hollywood Reporter
9 May 1988
p. 21.
L.B. Press-Telegram
8 May 1988.
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Los Angeles Times
23 Aug 1987
Calendar, p. 36.
Los Angeles Times
9 May 1988
Calendar, p. 7.
New York Times
7 May 1988
p. 13.
Variety
11 May 1988
p. 22, 29.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
New World Pictures Presents
A Helpern/Meltzer Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Prod mgr
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
2d 2d asst dir
2d unit dir
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
1st asst cam
2d asst cam
Gaffer
Best boy
Musco light op
Key grip
Best boy
Dolly grip
Video tech
2d unit dir of photog
Jewelry store photog by
ART DIRECTORS
Prod des
Art dir
Storyboard artist
FILM EDITORS
Assoc film ed
Asst ed
Asst ed
Asst ed
Negative cutter
SET DECORATORS
Prop master
Asst prop
Set dec
Leadman
Set dresser
Set dresser
Asst set dresser
Swing gang
Swing gang
Swing gang
Const coord
Const foreman
Set carpenter
Sculptor
COSTUMES
Cost des
Ward supv
Ward asst
Ward asst
Cost const
MUSIC
Mus comp and cond
Orch
Synthesizer programmed and performed by
Orig score rec and mixed at
Orig score rec and mixed at Sountec Studios, Inc.
Orig score rec and mixed at Sountec Studios, Inc.
Orig score rec and mixed at Sountec Studios, Inc.
SOUND
Supv sd ed
Dial ed
Sd mixer
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Foley ed
Foley walker
Foley walker
Sd asst
Sd apprentice
Boom op
Sd transfers
Post prod sd facility
VISUAL EFFECTS
Prosthetic deteriorization des and created by
Spec visual eff supv
Prosthetics and spec mechanical eff by
1st tech, Steve Johnson's XFX, Inc.
Shop foreman, Steve Johnson's XFX, Inc.
Butcher shop project head, Steve Johnson's XFX, In
Chicken animatronics, Steve Johnson's XFX, Inc.
Prod coord, Steve Johnson's XFX, Inc.
Tech, Steve Johnson's XFX, Inc.
Tech, Steve Johnson's XFX, Inc.
Tech, Steve Johnson's XFX, Inc.
Tech, Steve Johnson's XFX, Inc.
Tech, Steve Johnson's XFX, Inc.
Tech, Steve Johnson's XFX, Inc.
Tech, Steve Johnson's XFX, Inc.
Tech, Steve Johnson's XFX, Inc.
Tech, Steve Johnson's XFX, Inc.
Tech, Steve Johnson's XFX, Inc.
Tech, Steve Johnson's XFX, Inc.
Tech, Steve Johnson's XFX, Inc.
Tech, Steve Johnson's XFX, Inc.
Tech, Steve Johnson's XFX, Inc.
Tech, Steve Johnson's XFX, Inc.
Spec eff coord
Spec eff asst, Sabre Special Effects
Spec eff asst, Sabre Special Effects
Spec eff asst, Sabre Special Effects
Spec eff asst, Sabre Special Effects
Visual eff
Main and end titles by
Main and end titles by Opticam
Main and end titles by Opticam
Main and end titles by Opticam
MAKEUP
Makeup eff des and created by
Makeup for Mr. Williams
Hairstylist
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting
Prod coord
Asst to the prods
Asst to Craig Stearns
Loc mgr
Loc asst
Unit pub
Prod controller
Asst accountant
Post-prod coord
Scr supv
Transportation coord
Transportation capt
Driver
Driver
Driver
Promotions liaison/Set physician
Casting assoc
Prod secy
Asst to the dir
Key set prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Craft services
Extra casting
STAND INS
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunt coord
ANIMATION
Video graphic animation by
Video graphic animation by
COLOR PERSONNEL
Negative timer
Col by
SOURCES
SONGS
“Dead Heat,” by: John W. Huckert Jr., Patrick Read Johnson, Philip J. Settle, performed by Phil Settle, copyright © 1987 by: Sarah Beth Songs BMI.
DETAILS
Release Date:
6 May 1988
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles and New York opening: 6 May 1988
Production Date:
began 19 August 1987 in Southern CA
Copyright Claimant:
New World Entertainment, Ltd.
Copyright Date:
11 July 1988
Copyright Number:
PA373707
Physical Properties:
Sound
Dolby Stereo ® in Selected Theatres
Color
Prints
Technicolor®
Duration(in mins):
86
MPAA Rating:
R
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
29076
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In Los Angeles, California, two men with automatic weapons rob a jewelry store. During the robbery, a saleswoman triggers a silent alarm. Police detectives Roger Mortis and Doug Bigelow of the Los Angeles Police Department receive a radio call about the robbery. When they arrive, Lieutenant Herzog informs them of his plan to arrest the robbers when they leave the store. When the suspects walk outside, police fire at them, but they are not killed. Roger drives Herzog’s car into a policeman, while the other accidentally blows himself up with a grenade. Later at the police station, Capt. Mayberry yells at Roger and Doug for their reckless tactics. Afterward, Roger receives a telephone call from Rebecca Smythers, a Los Angles County coroner. At the morgue, Rebecca reveals the robbers had previously been admitted to the morgue, and shows Roger and Doug photographs. Just then, head coroner Dr. Ernest McNab enters and accuses Rebecca of making a mistake. Insulted, Rebecca goes to her office followed by Roger, where she shows the results of skin tissue tests, pointing out the suspects had high levels of a drug called Sulfathiazole in their systems. She also mentions that local drug company Dante Pharmaceuticals recently purchased large quantities of this compound. Later, Roger and Doug visit Dante Pharmaceuticals and speak with public relations manager Randi James. As she gives them a tour, Doug asks Randi about a room labeled Asphyxiation Room. She states the room is for euthanizing test animals when necessary. Doug asks about the room next door, which Randi informs him is a laboratory. Doug excuses ... +


In Los Angeles, California, two men with automatic weapons rob a jewelry store. During the robbery, a saleswoman triggers a silent alarm. Police detectives Roger Mortis and Doug Bigelow of the Los Angeles Police Department receive a radio call about the robbery. When they arrive, Lieutenant Herzog informs them of his plan to arrest the robbers when they leave the store. When the suspects walk outside, police fire at them, but they are not killed. Roger drives Herzog’s car into a policeman, while the other accidentally blows himself up with a grenade. Later at the police station, Capt. Mayberry yells at Roger and Doug for their reckless tactics. Afterward, Roger receives a telephone call from Rebecca Smythers, a Los Angles County coroner. At the morgue, Rebecca reveals the robbers had previously been admitted to the morgue, and shows Roger and Doug photographs. Just then, head coroner Dr. Ernest McNab enters and accuses Rebecca of making a mistake. Insulted, Rebecca goes to her office followed by Roger, where she shows the results of skin tissue tests, pointing out the suspects had high levels of a drug called Sulfathiazole in their systems. She also mentions that local drug company Dante Pharmaceuticals recently purchased large quantities of this compound. Later, Roger and Doug visit Dante Pharmaceuticals and speak with public relations manager Randi James. As she gives them a tour, Doug asks Randi about a room labeled Asphyxiation Room. She states the room is for euthanizing test animals when necessary. Doug asks about the room next door, which Randi informs him is a laboratory. Doug excuses himself to use the restroom as Roger follows Randi to the lobby. Doug returns to the lab and breaks in. Inside, he sees a machine covered with a tarp. When he pulls the tarp off, a grotesque being with three sets of eyes, noses and mouths, attacks him. As Doug shoots at the creature, Roger hears the gunshot and runs to help. When he arrives, Roger attempts to pull the creature off Doug. However, Roger is pushed into the Asphyxiation Room and locked in. Before he is able to escape, someone activates the room’s controls, sucking the air out of the chamber. Doug attempts to break down the door, but is unable to save Roger from suffocating to death. Later, Rebecca arrives at Dante Pharmaceuticals with the police. Doug tells her Roger was killed, and the creature that attacked him has escaped from the lab. Inside the laboratory, Rebecca turns on controls and exclaims that the machine is a resurrection mechanism. They place Roger’s body on the center pedestal, and Rebecca activates the machine to begin the reanimation process. Roger awakens. Afterwards, Ernest McNab enters and is surprised to find Roger alive. Examining him, however, Rebecca and McNab are unable to hear Roger’s heartbeat. In the lobby, Rebecca informs Roger he has twelve hours before his body completely decomposes. Roger and Doug agree to use the time to investigate who did this, and leave to question Randi. As they arrive at Randi’s house, they see her running to her car with an overnight bag. As they accompany her back inside, Doug finds a video cassette in her bag. Before they watch the tape, two decomposing zombies enter and shoot at them. Randi, Doug, and Roger run outside followed by the zombies. Roger kills one by electrocuting him in a hot tub, and Doug impales and drowns the other. Randi, Doug and Roger return to watch the cassette. The man on the tape is Arthur P. Loudermilk, a recently deceased millionaire. Randi tells them Loudermilk was her father, and Dante Pharmaceuticals was his research facility. A week before she delivered a shipment of Sulfathiazole to Mr. Thule in Chinatown. Later, at Mr. Thule’s butcher shop, Roger asks about the Sulfathiazole, but Thule presses a button and runs away. The ceiling light fixture emits electric bolts, similar to the resurrection machine, and reanimates the butchered animals, which attack Doug, Roger and Randi. Roger shoots at the fixture, and the meat products stop moving. The trio finds a list of people’s initials and dates of death. That evening, they go to the library to look up recent obituaries. Roger notices that all the people on the list were very rich. Later, they arrive at the morgue where Rebecca tells Roger he has about four hours of reanimation left. Roger instructs Doug to visit Loudermilk’s lawyer, while he and Randi go to the millionaire’s grave. As Doug, Roger and Randi leave the morgue, McNab drives by them in his new car with the vanity license plate “BODYDOC.” That night at the cemetery, Randi and Roger search Loudermilk’s mausoleum, and Randi confesses she was not Loudermilk’s daughter but his ward. He took care of her after she was in the hospital years ago. Roger turns on a lamp and he sees a series of numbers written inside the lampshade. They return to Randi’s house to meet Doug, but Doug has been killed: his head is submerged in an aquarium. After Roger places Doug’s body outside, Randi confesses that she was dead when she was brought back to life by Loudermilk’s resurrection machine years before. Suddenly, her body disintegrates and she dies. Roger calls Rebecca to tell her about Doug and Randi’s deaths. After leaving her a message, he notices the letters on the telephone’s keypad. Matching the numbers from the lampshade in Loudermilk’s crypt to the letters on the telephone, he spells “BODYDOC.” He drives to the morgue and accuses McNab of killing him and Doug, as well as stealing money from millionaires by burying them alive. Roger accues McNab of gaining access to Loudermilk’s resurrection machine. Thule enters with two zombies who grab Roger and knock him unconscious. When Roger awakens, McNab and Thule instruct the zombies to handcuff him inside an ambulance in which Rebecca lies dead on a gurney, leaving him as they return to Dante. Roger takes the vehicle out of “park”, causing it to crash. Later, as paramedics load Rebecca’s body into another ambulance, Roger unzips his body bag and stands up. He shows the police officer at the scene his badge and requests the officer’s gun before riding away on a motorcycle. Meanwhile at Dante, a living Loudermilk addresses McNab, Thule, and a group of wealthy individuals about the resurrection machine and the promise of eternal life. McNab provides a live demonstration by reviving Doug. Roger arrives, and kills the guards. When he enters the lab, Thule shoots at him, but Roger kills Thule, and goes after McNab. McNab orders the revived Doug to kill Roger. However, Roger convinces Doug to kill McNab instead. As they corner him, McNab kills himself. Feeling cheated, Roger and Doug place McNab on the resurrection machine and turn it on. After McNab is revived, Roger turns the machine on again, causing McNab’s body to explode. As the machine begins to overload, Loudermilk pleads with Roger and Doug to save the machine. Instead, they shoot at the machine and the lab explodes with Loudermilk inside. Roger and Doug walk away, into a glowing white light. +

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