Dead In 5 Heartbeats

September 13, 2013

All Posts, News

If you haven’t seen Dead In 5 Heartbeats on a big screen yet, your time is running out. The film, based on Ralph “Sonny” Barger’s 2004 novel of the same name will screen twice in Los Angeles tomorrow and once in Tucson next Friday before its release on DVD.

The Los Angeles screenings will be at the Downtown Independent Theatre, at 251 S. Main Street in Los Angeles at 4 and 7 p.m. The screening next week is at the Loft Cinemas, 3233 E Speedway Blvd in Tucson at 8 p.m. The Los Angeles tickets cost $14 and the Arizona show is two dollars less.

The movie has already screened in Phoenix, Sacramento, Kansas City, Minneapolis, Chicago, Cleveland, Birmingham, Dallas, Seattle, Bridgeport, New York and Denver.

What Movie

The story, which cynics might see as a roman a clef, is about a red and white club called the Infidelz Motorcycle Club. After former club president Patch Kinkade retires to Arizona an old friend is murdered and the Infidelz current president rides all night from California to ask Patch to return. He does.

Meanwhile, a life long member of the club named Angelo Timmons hopes to solve his money woes with one, big drug deal and winds up in federal custody. He has to choose between betraying his friends and going to prison.

Inevitably the two aging men cross paths and therein lies the movie’s plot.

The script was adapted by Barger and the film’s director, veteran Jeff Santo. The cast features members of the Hooligans, Alma, and Rollin’ Knights Motorcycle Clubs, including friends of this page and the movie has more to say about the motorcycle counterculture than all the episodes of Sons of Anarchy, The Devils Ride and Warlocks Rising put together. The movie was shot in three weeks on location in Arizona

If you can’t make it to any of the final theatrical showings, a special edition two DVD set will be released September 28. The set includes the two hour movie, an hour-long making of video and a 16 page book. You can preorder the DVD here.

It’s a fun movie. Enjoy.


, ,

21 Responses to “Dead In 5 Heartbeats”

  1. CN Says:

    Unfortunately the movie was never shown here in South Carolina (that I know of at least, there’s gotta’ be a 3D Mega Metroplex etc in Lexington which would have been fortuitous). I ordered my DVD set the same day I ordered Framing Dave Burgess and have been checking the mailbox like a kid waiting for a 20 box top Dick Tracy Decoder Ring (ordered that in ’64, still waiting). The book the movie is based on is definitely worth ordering as well and an autographed copy is available from (I think). In fact all his books are worth more than the price they sell for.

  2. Jim666 Says:

    Havnt seen the movie. But I did read the book, if the movie is 1/2 as good as the book it,s a hit, couldnt put the book down till I was finished.
    Sonny knows how to tell a story

  3. Jim Wassumtate Says:


    Lived in Mullins with a gal from Lexington – she had 3 sisters
    that grew up there too. Back in 1977. I live in Ventura, CA now.
    Not sure what my point is, except I liked the people in Lexington.

  4. YYZ Skinhead Says:

    I wish they had a Long Bitch screening. The last realistic outlaw biker move I saw in a theatre was Mask.

    YYZ Skinhead

  5. Slick Rick Says:

    I was hoping to make it over to L.A. for the screening of “DI5H” but unfortunatley this obamaconomy has my boot straps tightened a bit. I am however planning to pass thru SoCal the second week of October on my way to the Bay Area. Hoping you can find the time then for that long awaited beer Rebel.

    Good to see you covering this film on here with a positive spin on it.

    Respects….Live & Let Live,
    Slick Rick

  6. Base Says:

    I am dropping hints for the DVD/Book set.

  7. Thump Says:

    I haven’t read the book yet, but I saw the movie in Sacramento a few months back. It was definitely worth the trip from the bay area. An all around good biker flick. Alot of the cast was there signing autographs. Had kind of a red carpet feel to it. Best part was when the weasely Fed got his head popped like a balloon. The whole theater cheered for that. There was a light pork presence outside of course. Not sure what they thought was gonna happen. Just stood off to the side glaring at folks.

  8. VINCE 1%er Says:

    Went To The BRIDGEPORT Screening & dinner affair/Party/meet-greet & fest. great Movie, gREAT PARTY and a Great Time all around.

  9. Jim666 Says:

    Thump if ya get a chance read the book, one of my fave, for fiction biker books.

    VINCE 1%er wish there was a screening close to me Id definitely go,
    Im sure it was a blast

  10. AJ Says:

    I read the book, was a good read,pretty violent in parts!

    If the film makes it to Britain I want to see it!

  11. 11c_infantry Says:

    Read the book…and it was pretty damn good. As CN pointed out, there was no showing anywhere near good ol South Carolina, so I’m waiting on my DVD too. I’m looking forward to it. Love him or hate him, one thing you gotta say about Barger is that he’s a hell of an interesting guy and it really shines in his books. Here’s to hoping it works that way in the movie too.

    L&R to all who deserve it,


  12. Rahlow Says:

    @11c_infantry…Please tell Jim that Rusty from Cherokee said hello.
    Much Respect to those at the “old house”.
    My apologies if you are not where I think you are.

  13. 11c_infantry Says:

    Will do, Rusty. We’ve got a work day to get ready for the Big House Bash tomorrow, so I’ll pass it along to Jim. If you’re free on Oct. 19th, you should come on down. It’s looking like the Bash this year is gonna be a good one.

  14. Rahlow Says:

    Y’all always throw a damn fine party! I’ll never live down droppin the RoadKing in the yard down tbere! Lmao

  15. 11c_infantry Says:

    @ Rahlow
    Well, hey man, don’t feel too bad. I’m the one that fell in that big ass ditch at the Foothills clubhouse. Most of the 23 guys that know me call me Floppy because of that one.

  16. Rahlow Says:

    FLOPPY! I know you. That flop was perfomed on a fatboy if I remember correctly!.
    Small world man.

  17. 11c_infantry Says:

    Yeah, I figured you did! That shit will go down in history, man. And yeah, it was a fatboy. I’m pretty sure I know who you are too. You tend bar at Cherokee a lot right? Or you used to if I’m thinking about the right person. Well, hell…this is pretty damn cool. Hope you get to make it to the Bash. If not, I’m sure we’ll be up Cherokee way soon.


  18. Rahlow Says:

    That would be me….old fart tending bar. Put the Bash on the calendar, need some of Miss Anns pintos and make sure yall ain’t painted over my name on the wall. Lol

  19. 11c_infantry Says:

    Yeah she can make some good beans. I’m betting your name is still on the wall. We don’t paint much around the Big House lol. Looking forward to seeing you at the bash.

  20. Guest Says:

    Read the book already now just have to see the movie looks real bad ass

Leave a Reply