Risin’ up, back on the street
Did my time, took my chances
Went the distance, now I’m back on my feet
Just a man and his will to survive…
That’s the first verse of the epic song “Eye of the Tiger” by the band Survivor. While that’s the theme song of this Gary Busey movie, that’s about the only thing that the song has to do with this movie, and the only reason I can tell that they’re even associated with each other is because both Survivor and this movie Eye of the Tiger were Scotti Brothers productions.
Jack “Soldier” Kelly (Lorenzo Lamas) was a member of an elite marine special forces unit known as the “Snake Eaters”. He was highly decorated soldier, but he was ultimately dismissed from his position because he had trouble following orders. So, what does an ex-marine do when he can’t follow orders? He becomes a cop of course!
There’s Riggs and Murtaugh, Tango and Cash, even Turner and Hooch, but now you can add Bigelow and Mortis to the long list of cop movie buddies – only this time in the action/comedy/horror genre. In Dead Heat, Detectives Roger Mortis (Treat Williams) and Doug Begelow (Joe Piscopo) get called to the scene of a jewelry store robbery in progress, where they find a couple of thugs that can take a lickin’ and keep on tickin’. These guys are soaking up bullets but they don’t seem to be adversely effected by being pumped full of lead. After Mortis gets the bright idea to just take them down with a cop car, they find some startling information about these crooks once the coroner get’s a chance to examine them. They’ve been to the morgue before, and not just for a sight seeing tour – they were admitted as stiffs just a short time earlier and were given the full service treatment, autopsy and all. So, if these guys are dead… how were they able to attempt a jewelry store robbery?