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Flashback (1990)

In 1989, clean-cut FBI man John Buckner is detailed to escort heavily-bearded Huey Walker back to jail for offenses dating back to his days as a celebrated hippie radical. After Walker ... See full summary »

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Franco Amurri

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David Loughery
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dennis Hopper ... Huey Walker
Kiefer Sutherland ... John Buckner
Carol Kane ... Maggie
Paul Dooley ... Stark
Cliff De Young ... Sheriff Hightower
Richard Masur ... Barry
Michael McKean ... Hal
Kathleen York ... Sparkle
Tom O'Brien ... Phil Prager
Eric Lorentz Eric Lorentz ... Prison Guard
Jan Van Sickle ... Prison Guard
Jack Casperson Jack Casperson ... Man in Dining Car
Dwayne Carrington Dwayne Carrington ... Waiter in Dining Car
David Underwood David Underwood ... Deputy
Bobby Price Bobby Price ... Deputy
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Storyline

In 1989, clean-cut FBI man John Buckner is detailed to escort heavily-bearded Huey Walker back to jail for offenses dating back to his days as a celebrated hippie radical. After Walker dupes Buckner on the train he falls into the hands of a couple of well-meaning refugees from the 60's, the two men with apparently nothing in common find themselves on the run together. But appearances can be deceptive. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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A fed from the 80s is taking a fugitive from the 60s on a little trip - and vice versa. See more »


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R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 February 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Migawka z przeszlosci See more »

Filming Locations:

Denver, Colorado, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,910,116, 4 February 1990

Gross USA:

$6,488,114

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,488,114
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Keifer Sutherland stars in 2 movies -- this and 1969 (1988) -- whose plot and soundtrack is '60s hippie centric. Both movies have a song by the 60s hippie group Canned Heat. See more »

Goofs

When Buckner and Walker board the train (in Oregon), Stark asks Sheriff Hightower where the next stop is. Hightower replies, "It's across the border into Canada." Washington State lies between Oregon and Canada; it's very unlikely that the train would bypass Washington state. See more »

Quotes

Huey Walker: [John and Huey have been sitting quietly on a train. John is reading his paper when... ]
Huey Walker: Oh, fuck, man! I can't fuckin' take it anymore; fuck, I've had it man; I ain't been this fuckin' quiet in my entire fuckin' life! I need drugs! I need women! I need drink! I need somethin', man! Fuck! This is fuckin' nuts! I can't get a word in vertical! Holy shit!
Huey Walker: [calmly] It's been a fuckin' hour of silence here.
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Connections

References Easy Rider (1969) See more »

Soundtracks

People Get Ready
By Curtis Mayfield
Performed by Bob Dylan
Produced by Barry Goldberg
Bob Dylan performs courtesy of CBS Records Inc.
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Never assume until you see
20 August 2011 | by perjensen-2See all my reviews

During the 80's and 90's home video was an unexpected but explosive new entertainment medium. (Can anyone forget regularly scanning your nearby video store for something new to rent?) It gave writers and producers much more room to produce films that never would have made it to the screen. Production money may have been spare, but sometimes B-level movies are the best of all and "Flashback" applies. It wasn't a trip back in time as the title suggests, it was a look at the Establishment winning the culture war. Yuppies had replaced the Hippies. Perhaps the most poignant line was when the wizened old hippie, Huey (Dennis Hopper), reminds the yuppie FBI agent John Buckner (Keifer Sutherland) that the 1980's (the Reagan Administration) created two classes of people - the Rich and the Poor. More true today than it was then. As the story plays out in a comical and entertaining way - Buckner escorting Huey to jail but unexpectedly fleeing from a murderous small-town sheriff - we learn that maybe Huey wasn't as much a hippie as we thought. And we also learn that Buckner was the son of a hippie commune family and his real name is 'Free'. By the end of the movie Huey finally gets his book published and loves the fame (yet keeps his brazen attitude), and Buckner realizes the hippie liberalists were pretty good after all. He quits the FBI and sets out to re-discover his roots. One downside is watching Free/Buckner ride off into the sunset on a rice-burner bike instead of a Harley, but acceptable considering the movie was to bridge the 60's to the 90's. The other is seeing Huey propound his belief that the 90's would be so radical socially that it would put the 60's to shame. Sad to learn that it would never happen. Altogether, "Flashback" is a first-rate film worth owning, not just seeing. Greats like Dennis Hopper and Keifer Sutherland are at their best, it's a clever story, very entertaining, and thought provoking enough to make you wonder what the heck happened to a once bullish youth not afraid to get nose-to-nose with a Fascist-style government.


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