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The Junkman (1982)

 -  Action | Comedy | Crime  -  28 August 1982 (USA)
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Junkman and movie-maker Harlan Hollis struggles to stay alive when a jealous partner in his company hires goons to kill him. Full of amazing car chases, fantastic crashes, and edge-of-your-seat action.

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H.B. Halicki ...
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Susan Shaw ...
Lang Jeffries ...
Arthur Wheeler
Bruce Cameron ...
Jack Vacek ...
Dan Grimaldi ...
Kelly Busia ...
Richard L. Muse ...
Richard Harris Hill
Freddy Cannon ...
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Sharon McCreedy ...
Richard's secretary
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Festival News Reporter
Dennis Stouffer ...
Dennis (security man)
Judi Gibbs ...
Christine
Brian LaBonge ...
Brian
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Junkman and movie-maker Harlan Hollis struggles to stay alive when a jealous partner in his company hires goons to kill him. Full of amazing car chases, fantastic crashes, and edge-of-your-seat action.

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28 August 1982 (USA)  »

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Gone in 60 Seconds II  »

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The POV shots of Harlan driving during the main chase were actually shot with director of photography Tony Syslo sitting in the driver's seat operating the gas/brakes and filming, while director/star H.B. Halicki steered from the passenger side. See more »

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Camera and cameraman visible in rear-view mirror of patrol car as it cuts in front of the sedan that smashes into the back of the Mini during the Corvette chase. See more »

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[on the roof of the Cinerama Dome]
Harlan Hollis: [holding gun] Okay, let's have some answers, Michael!
Michael Fox: [points to crowd of on-lookers below] You see all of that? Huh? That's me, I did it! Now you make movies, that's all. The reason you're successful is because of me - I created the image! I'm the reason that those films are box-office smashes! But you... You've got it all right in the palm of your hand. You and Richard. Well, now it's my turn, and I want it all! You gonna have to use that thing, Harlan?
Harlan Hollis: [...]
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As it turned out, Halicki's epitaph!
23 March 2002 | by (Longmont, Colorado) – See all my reviews

Eight years on from the original, GONE IN 60 SECONDS 2: THE JUNKMAN (As it was known pretty much everywhere outside the US) was a vastly bigger budgeted exercise in fender-bending. Whilst boasting a couple of the greatest auto stunts ever filmed, including a car flying OVER a plane, the film does not have the rawness of the original that made it the unique experience in auto-wrecking it was. They even managed to get Lynda Day George and Christopher Stone on to the pay roll!

The "chase" this time sees Halicki being pursued by two hitmen and one slinky and mega-cool hitwoman with designer handguns. Much of the car crashes are obviously deliberate and lack the spontaneity of the '74 flick. However the scene wherein Halicki tosses a live grenade over his head on to the guy behind him that blasts the Chev right over Halicki's Caddy, is the one to watch for. Ive never seen better in any action movie.

Heaps of reminders of the original in terms of posters and even a premiere for GONE IN 60 SECONDS. We are even privileged to see the original "Eleanor"....the crushed and battered yellow Mach 1 from the original movie (that Halicki kept for years as his most prized possession!) It infuriated me that Nicolas Cage was permitted to use that name for his Shelby Mustang in the 2000 remake, of which the less said, the better. It could never be anything but Harlan's!

For those of you who do not know, H B Halicki died doing what he loved best in August 1989, attempting an auto stunt for a sequel to GONE IN 60 SECONDS that was never completed. Doubtless he is in his element somewhere in that great garage in the sky!


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