Death Warrant

Synopsis: The Canadian policeman Louis Burke is assigned in a jail to investigate some murders of prisoners and jailors. When in jail, Lois, using his outstandings martial arts, is able to save his life and make himself respected in that violent world. At last, helped by two another prisoners, he succeeds in finding the truth about the dreadful crimes.
Genre: Action, Crime, Mystery
Director(s): Deran Sarafian
Production: MGM Home Entertainment
89 min


I think he's inside.

I'm gonna check it out.

Burke, wait for backup.

He killed my partner. I'm not waiting.

Listen, Burke, this is L.A., not Canada.

We have procedures here.

You can't handle this alone.

What's the problem?

Hey, man, what you doing here?

I'm busy. Scram.

I'm gonna teach you a lesson in manners.

I'm gonna get you, man!

Like I said, I'm going in.

Time to go to sleep...

and join your old partner.

I'm the Sandman. You can't stop me.

You're under arrest.

Detective Burke. Have a seat.

Tom Vogler, attorney general.

On my right is Ben Keane,

on your left is Sam Waldon.

I represent the governor.

I'm heading his task force on prisons.

I'm with State Board of Corrections.

- And who are you?

- Amanda Beckett.

- She works for me.

- Detective Burke.

Specialized in undercover work with

the Royal Canadian Mounted Police...

stationed in Quebec.

You followed Christian Naylor,

"the Sandman," to L.A.

We've had some problems in one of

our prisons... Harrison Penitentiary.

It's a local piece, small-town news.

The assistant warden was murdered.

Now a guard's intimated...

that it might be linked

to the deaths of some prisoners...

nine in the last few months.

We've got a gubernatorial election

coming up this fall.

Prisons are already an issue. We don't

want this to become a part of it.

The governor's put me in charge

of rectifying this little mishap.

We wanna send you undercover

into Harrison as a prisoner.

You're from Quebec.

No one in jail will recognize you.

Only this committee

will know you're an officer.

You'll be sentenced to Harrison

for armed robbery.

Armed robbery is

a respectable crime among inmates.

It's implicitly violent.

They respect violence.

We're also assigning a partner of sorts.

Amanda will act as your liaison.

She'll be posing as your wife.

Amanda will relay information.

Through her, we'll be able

to closely monitor the operation.

Well, Detective, what do you say?

I'll let you know.

Would like me to file the papers

for you first thing in the morning?

I think the sooner, the better.

I know you always do a good job.

- We'll see you tomorrow night then?

- Yeah.

Have Helen call me

if she wants me to bring anything.

- I will.

- Bye.

A pleasure meeting you, Mr. Burke.

- How long have you known him?

- A long time.

He's really been like a father to me.

I've been working for him

ever since I graduated law school.

When was that?

Last year.

Is there a problem, Detective Burke?

You don't have enough experience

to be on this case.

Let's get something straight here.

I'm no girl Friday.

I graduated top in my class at Stanford.

If you're uncomfortable with the fact

that I'm a woman...

then that's your problem, not mine.


Check the files of any serial killers

at Harrison Prison.

Then you'll take the case?

I'll see you Tuesday.

I'll get to work.

You're getting wet.

Listen up!

Clasp your fingers in front of you.

And don't move.

I am Sergeant DeGraf.

I decide when you eat...

when you shower...

when you have visitors.

You are fish.

New arrivals.

People will try to hurt you...

rob you...

even rape you.

He said, don't move.

Very good.

It's important...

that you obey my rules...

rules to make the difference

between your life and your death.

I'm Dr. Gottesman.

Any communicable diseases?

Not yet.

Excuse me?

You're Burke, right?

You have AB negative blood.

That's very rare.

Okay, take it into the next room, please.

Come on. Move it.

Your identification number's 72688.

Memorize your number... 72688.

This is your identification card,

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David S. Goyer

David S. Goyer was born on December 22, 1965 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA as David Samuel Goyer. He is a writer and producer, known for Batman Begins (2005), The Dark Knight (2008) and Man of Steel (2013). He is married to Marina Black. They have two children. more…

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