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Dead Connection

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A hockey-bruiser-turned-detective (Michael Madsen) tracks a boxer-turned- phone- sex-addicted-necrophiliac (Gary Stretch) in this competently made but thoroughly routine direct-to-video yawner, Dead Connection. In a performance that brings new meaning to the word enervated, spiky bottle-blond Michael Madsen chews on his soft-boiled dialogue like Mickey Rourke attacking a wad of taffy.