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Catchfire (1990)

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A witness to a mob assassination flees for her life from town to town, switching identities, but cannot seem to elude Milo, the chief killer out to get her.

Director:

Dennis Hopper (as Alan Smithee)

Writers:

Rachel Kronstadt Mann (story), Rachel Kronstadt Mann (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dennis Hopper ... Milo
Jodie Foster ... Anne Benton
Dean Stockwell ... John Luponi
Vincent Price ... Mr. Avoca
John Turturro ... Pinella
Fred Ward ... Pauling
Julie Adams ... Martha
Tony Sirico ... Greek (as G. Anthony Sirico)
Sy Richardson ... Capt. Walker
Frank Gio Frank Gio ... Frankie
Helena Kallianiotes ... Grace Carelli
John Apicella ... Man at Refinery
Clifford Bartholomew Clifford Bartholomew ... Fed #2
Kevin Bourland Kevin Bourland ... Ad Agency Man
Carl David Burks Carl David Burks ... Ad Agency Man
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Storyline

An artist (Foster) witnesses a Mafia hit and calls the police. At the police station she realizes that the Mafia has a man in the force, so she runs. Trailed by the police, who need her testimony, and a hitman (Hopper) hired by the Mafia, she goes to Mexico, where eventually she meets the hitman, who has become infatuated after studying her art and life to prepare for the hit. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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When murder is your business, you'd better not fall in love with your work.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, sensuality and violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 April 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Backtrack See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(director's cut) | (theatrical)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Vestron Pictures were unhappy with director Dennis Hopper's original 180 minutes cut of the film and re-edited it without his knowledge. Hopper was so enraged he sued the company, but they had already gone bankrupt. He nevertheless insisted on the anonymous Alan Smithee credit. See more »

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The shadow of a cameraman is briefly visible during the opening credits when Anne pulls to the side of the road. See more »

Quotes

Milo: There's something going on here that I really don't understand, but I like it.
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Alternate Versions

The theatrical release of this film is 98 minutes long. It was disowned by director Dennis Hopper and is credited to 'Alan Smithee'. The 116 minutes long director's cut was released on cable television in the USA under the title 'Backtrack'. There also exists a 180 minutes long original cut which remains unreleased. See more »

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Referenced in Who Is Alan Smithee? (2002) See more »

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Hopper plus Foster = great chemistry!
17 September 2000 | by ktmphdSee all my reviews

As I said, Hopper plus Foster = great chemistry. These two make a great movie out of a plot that is absolutelu unbelievable. What hit man falls in love with his hit sight unseen? What hit falls in love with her hit man after a one night stand? What hit man has a helicopter set aside for just the right escape? What mafia boss has ten or more hit men who can't hit a one man target? You see, this is a plot that no one could believe in. But, no one cares, because you are so involved in the evolution of the relationship between the Hopper & Foster characters that you overlook or forgive everything else. These two are so powerful that they make Fred Ward look like a character actor.

This is a violent movie where the violence never seems to override the comedy/relationship/slice of life issues that the film portrays. Plus, you get to see Jodie Foster naked!?! Who would have thunk it? By the way, she has a very nice body.

I don't know how this movie has not become a cult favorite, but give it time. It is a gem!

PS Don't overlook a dynamite performance by Joe Pesci, who is not listed in the cast. Go figure.


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