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Dead Heat (2002)

A heart problem forces the cop Pally to retire, and his wife Charlotte is separating him. Charlotte makes Pally's half-brother Ray visit, and he suggest buying a race horse will cheer him up. He does, but then a mob boss steals the horse.

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Mark Malone

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kiefer Sutherland ... Pally
Anthony LaPaglia ... Ray (as Anthony Lapaglia)
Radha Mitchell ... Charlotte
Lothaire Bluteau ... Tony
Daniel Benzali ... Frank Finnegan
Kay Panabaker ... Sam
Denis Arndt ... Dr. Ivan Barnes
Charles Martin Smith ... Morty
Michael Benyaer ... First Man - Warehouse
Craig Veroni ... Second Man - Warehouse
Gerald Paetz ... Cadillac Man / Finnegan Thug # 1
Marco Roy Marco Roy ... Second Cop
Gary Hetherington ... Captain
Bill Whiting Bill Whiting ... Bartender
Frank Cassini ... Manny
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Storyline

Heart problems force Boston cop Pally LaMarr to retire; he's in a funk and his wife Charlotte sends him packing. At Charlotte's insistence, Pally's half-brother Ray pays Pally a visit and suggests he buy a race horse to cheer up. Ray's always playing the angles, and he's got his eye on a horse that's cheap because it's been misdiagnosed. Ray knows the horse is a champion. Before they can win some money, a local mob boss, Frank Finnigan, sees the horse and steals it as payment for the gambling debt of Tony, a local jockey and single parent. Can Pally and Ray get the horse back, get Tony out of hock, and win some moola? What about Charlotte: can Pally let his heart take the lead? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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All Bets Are Off.

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Action | Comedy | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, brief sexuality and violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

Germany | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 July 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

I Fought the Law See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (Dolby 5.1)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Both Daniel Benzali and Anthony LaPaglia starred in the series "Murder One" in 1995. See more »

Quotes

Pally LaMarr: I'm scared, Ray.
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Great chemistry makes a fun movie
26 July 2002 | by tnsmokeSee all my reviews

I ordered this DVD without even seeing the movie first, because I am a fan of both Kiefer Sutherland and of Anthony LaPaglia. From the little I read about it, I thought it was gonna be a straight drama, so, what a pleasant surprise to find so much humor in the movie. Kiefer, after working non-stop for years, is finally getting long over-due recognition for his excellent work in FOX TV's "24", and Anthony LaPaglia has been a fave since I saw him in the much underseen "29th Street". These two stars have great onscreen chemistry and it makes for a fun movie to watch. Kiefer plays a cop who is forced to retire after a heart attack, and isn't happy about being sidelined at age 35. Anthony plays his "on the other side of the law" hyper half-brother, who drags him kicking, into buying a racehorse. They get involved with mob guys and there are some very dark moments due to the danger suddenly brought to their lives, but, that horse brings Kiefer back to life and he and his brother will do anything to keep it. I think you'll like this flick.


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