Dead Bang is a 1989 American action thriller film directed by John Frankenheimer and starring Don Johnson, Penelope Ann Miller, William Forsythe, Bob Balaban, and Tim Reid. 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.
On Christmas Eve in Los Angeles, a dispatched LASD Sheriff is shot dead by an armed robber, who early on robbed a convenience store and also killed its African-American owner. The alcoholic, hard-driven LASD Detective Jerry Beck is tasked with the investigation. While examining police records he comes across a person of interest named Bobby Burns, who has recently been paroled from a four-year robbery sentence. He and a parole officer go to Burns' home only to find his college student brother, John, who claims he has not seen Burns and is only staying for the holidays. A man suddenly flees the house and Beck captures him after a chase on foot; he turns out to be one of Burns' friend who is also on parole from committing armed robbery. The man tells Beck that he last saw Burns driving a maroon Ford Ranch Wagon en route to Bakersfield.
|editor||Robert F. Shugrue|
|keywords||address book arizona armed robbery aryan nations automatic weapons black men black people bunker christmas eve church cleanse college student colorado convenience store drive fbi fbi agent federal bureau of investigation force ford ranch wagon hide kill lasd los angeles county sheriff\'s department matchbook oklahoma parole officer person of interest phone call police captain police chief press conference session spring track down training camp white supremacist white supremacy|
|producer||Robert L. Rosen Stephen J. Roth|
|productionCompany||Lorimar Film Entertainment|