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Dead Heat (I Fought the Law)2002

Dead Heat (I Fought the Law) (2002)





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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?

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Kiefer Sutherland
as Pally LaMarr
Anthony LaPaglia
as Ray LaMarr
Radha Mitchell
as Charlotte LaMarr
Daniel Benzali
as Frank Finnegan
Lothaire Bluteau
as Tony LaRoche
Kay Panabaker
as Sam LaRoche
Cage Taylor
as SWAT Commander
Denis Arndt
as Dr. Evan
Craig Veroni
as 2nd Man
Gerald Paetz
as Cadillac Man
Gary Hetherington
as Police Captain
Bill Whiting
as Bartender
Frederick Pleasure lll
as Security Guard
Amy Adamson
as Barnes' Girlfriend
James Jackson
as Gate Handler
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Critic Reviews for Dead Heat (I Fought the Law)

All Critics (3)

Catch it on cable late one night, enjoy the performances of Sutherland and Mitchell, and then move on to something a bit better.

October 2, 2002 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Dead Heat (I Fought the Law)


Surprisingly entertaining racehorse 'n' lowlifes yarn, deftly balancing comedy & drama better than most. Kiefer Sutherland gives one of his best performances as a cop forced into early retirement due to a bad heart and talked into a dodgy partnership with his good-natured but shady half-brother Anthony LaPaglia. This mismatched pair is great fun to watch as Kiefer blows a gasket with each step LaPaglia leads him deeper into the mire. Lothare Bluteau is great as their jockey with a dangerous gambling addiction, and his suspicious daughter draws several laughs too. And on top of all that, there's impeccable Radha Mitchell as Kiefer's separated wife who wish as she might can't seem to start anew. The climax falls into the conventional sports-movie "big game" category, and the final conflicts & resolutions aren't executed to full satisfaction, but on the whole this "ride" wins money at long odds on a bet to place.

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