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Author Topic: Deadbeat at Dawn (1988)  (Read 7573 times)

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Deadbeat at Dawn (1988)
« on: February 07, 2013, 10:57:15 AM »

Set in Dayton, Ohio Goose (Van Bebber) is a dab hand at kung fu and the leader of the street gang The Ravens that have a bitter longstanding feud with their rivals The Spiders led by scumbag weasel Danny (Paul Harper). He is a sadistic misogynist who gets kicks out of slapping around his pregnant girlfriend. After Danny’s attempted rape of Goose’s girl Christie (Megan Murphy), the first street brawl of the movie between the two leaders occurs when The Spiders enter into The Ravens’ turf with Danny coming off worse. Loving the thrills that his criminal lifestyle brings him Goose’s way of life causes a conflict in his relationship with Christie who tells him to change his ways or she will leave him. Realizing that he loves his girlfriend more Goose quits The Ravens leading to a falling out with his right hand man Keith (Ric Walker) who takes over the gang.

Goose makes one last big drug deal to get the money together to start a new life away with Christie. While this is happening, Danny has arranged for their murder. Members of The Spiders gang one of which is the psychotic Bonecrusher (Marc Pitman) and another thug breaks into their apartment and brutally murders Christie. Finding her beaten bloodied broken body upon his return a distraught Goose places her corpse into the apartment building’s trash compactor. Grieving he moves in with his junkie father (Charlie Goetz) that takes all of the money he earned from the drug deal. Leaving his father he sinks into a suicidal deep dark depression drowning himself in alcohol. Goose is found by Keith who forces him to get his act together as The Ravens and The Spiders are joining forces for a security truck heist and could do with Goose’s skills. After the job is done, Goose anticipates a double cross from Danny and arms himself to the teeth before heading to a meeting to split the money between the two gangs. Sure enough, Danny double crosses The Ravens and it is up to Goose to take the money and run and get it to Christie’s only living relative her sister. He takes bloody revenge on Danny, Bonecrusher and the rest of The Spiders in the process.

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Re: Deadbeat at Dawn (1988)
« Reply #1 on: February 07, 2013, 05:23:59 PM »
One of my fave UG Films, fell for this one right away the first time I viewed it. Have watched a tonne of times since. Lends itself to giving me good feelings inside upon viewage.

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Re: Deadbeat at Dawn (1988)
« Reply #2 on: February 07, 2013, 05:41:26 PM »
Masterpiece!
10/10, 5/5. It's perfect in every way.

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Re: Deadbeat at Dawn (1988)
« Reply #3 on: February 16, 2013, 07:45:52 AM »
Masterpiece!
10/10, 5/5. It's perfect in every way.

Agreed, one of those movies I watch to feel good.

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Re: Deadbeat at Dawn (1988)
« Reply #4 on: August 04, 2013, 07:03:28 PM »
Saw this film and loved it, so much pure passion and hard work on screen, great story and solid fx and stunts. Highly enjoyable will need a revisit :)

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Re: Deadbeat at Dawn (1988)
« Reply #5 on: August 04, 2013, 07:30:53 PM »
I've said it before, this film has better cinematography for action sequences then films with millions on a budget/.
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Re: Deadbeat at Dawn (1988)
« Reply #6 on: August 04, 2013, 08:17:46 PM »
Saw this film and loved it, so much pure passion and hard work on screen, great story and solid fx and stunts. Highly enjoyable will need a revisit :)

I'm glad you liked it! I was a bit worried when giving you this REC, not sure how you would like it but being an FX guy yourself, I wanted you to see this.

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Re: Deadbeat at Dawn (1988)
« Reply #7 on: August 04, 2013, 10:56:33 PM »

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Re: Deadbeat at Dawn (1988)
« Reply #8 on: August 05, 2013, 12:04:56 PM »



I thought I had spoken about this here when I added the above vid but guess it was in my latest non-horror movie watched.

What can I say here that has not already been stated?

For me personally this is a movie that just gets better and better over time. Each time I watch it it is an experience and I feel better for it. At a base level I really appreciate how the action was presented. There was no bullshit and VanBebber wasn't afraid to show the gore. After all when somebody gets stabbed, shot or what have you blood and gore comes out.

But along with this I felt for the couple and what eventually happens that proceeds the final part of the film with the heist and the confrontation at the end.

Enjoy the whole look of this film as well. A dank atmosphere that is just right for the downtrodden part of town this is based in.

It is in a lot of ways a tragedy in the vein of Shakespeare to a point with him losing his love even after doing what he felt had to be done to the end when making things right.

In the end though it is a movie to watched to be enjoyed. I get something deeper that is cool but then it just shows that some thought was put into this film.



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Re: Deadbeat at Dawn (1988)
« Reply #9 on: November 04, 2013, 09:06:42 AM »
WOW.. :wideeyed:


I see no post from the aussie..  :cantlook:

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Re: Deadbeat at Dawn (1988)
« Reply #10 on: November 04, 2013, 09:13:46 AM »
Hahaha I love how you go looking!

It will be somewhere in films watched. I'll post in here after my rewatch. :yes:
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Re: Deadbeat at Dawn (1988)
« Reply #11 on: November 04, 2013, 09:34:38 AM »
I'm sure this will be a movie you will watch over and over again, with this it getting better with each time!

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Re: Deadbeat at Dawn (1988)
« Reply #12 on: November 04, 2013, 09:40:26 AM »
I've only ever seen this once. A re-watch is long overdue.  :yes:

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Re: Deadbeat at Dawn (1988)
« Reply #13 on: November 04, 2013, 09:43:37 AM »
It has real re-watch value good sir  :victory:

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Re: Deadbeat at Dawn (1988)
« Reply #14 on: October 24, 2015, 08:19:00 AM »