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Release Date:
28 August 1982 (USA) See more »
The chase thriller of the 80s See more »
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. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
H.B. Halicki ... Harlan B. Hollis

Christopher Stone ... Michael Fox
Susan Shaw ... Susan Clark
Lang Jeffries ... Arthur Wheeler
Bruce Cameron ... Bruce
Jack Vacek ... Jack
Dan Grimaldi ... Larry Bergleman
Kelly Busia ... Kelly Hollis
Richard L. Muse ... Richard Harris Hill
Freddy Cannon ... Himself
Sharon McCreedy ... Richard's secretary

Lynda Day George ... Festival News Reporter
Dennis Stouffer ... Dennis (security man)
Judi Gibbs ... Christine
Brian LaBonge ... Brian

Hoyt Axton ... Himself / Cap. Gibbs / Rev. Jim Beam (voice)
George Barris ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
The Belmonts ... Themselves
Phil Boroff ... Sgt. Gullen
Donald Cadoo ... Richard's Attorney
Lilyan Chauvin ... French Reporter
Maureen Coddington ... Police Dispatcher #1 / Queen Mary Pursuit Dispatcher (voice)
Roger Etienne ... French Touring Club President
Aubrey Finn ... Richard's Attorney
Emily Fladland ... Chevrolet Citation Lady
Gayle Gannes ... Donna
Ed Gomez ... Richard's Attorney
John Halicki ... Man in horse carriage
Ronald Halicki ... Eccentric Pig Farmer
Gerson Horn ... Richard's Attorney
Tracy Hutchinson ... Karen
Gary Jensen ... Player
Warner E. Leighton ... Himself
Morgan Lofting ... Police Dispatcher #2
Dave Logue ... Magnum
Vern Mathison ... Himself / Paso Robles Police Chief
Tom McMullen ... Himself
Nick Nickolary ... Himself / Goodyear Blimp Skipper
Tony Ostermeier ... Cover Two
Rita Rickard ... Blackbird
Bernie Schwartz ... Himself / Paso Robles Mayor
Jewel Shepard ... Gloria
Kopi Sotiropulos ... Frank Spyros
E. Tripke ... Himself / CHP Officer (as Ernie Tripke)
Bob Urhausen ... Himself / Goodyear P.R.
George Whiting ... Himself / San Luis Obispo County Sheriff
Lewis Wilson ... Man in Convertible
Ronn Wright ... FBI Agent Reynolds
Debra Zullo ... KNX Reporter

Steve Dargan ... Ambulance Paramedic (uncredited)
Jerry Daugirda ... Chevrolet Camaro Highway Patrolman (Corvette Chase) (uncredited)
Larry Dunn ... Plymouth Satellite Police Officer (Corvette Chase) (uncredited)
Chip Giannettino ... Roadblock Policeman with Binoculars (uncredited)
Pat Hartigan ... Lt. Reed (uncredited)
Joseph Nicoletti ... Songwriter Record producer (uncredited)
Gregory W. Slane ... Himself / Deputy Sheriff (uncredited)
Butch Stockton ... Dodge Monaco Highway Patrolman (Datsun Crash) (uncredited)
Thomas Syslo ... Dodge Charger Driver (uncredited)
Lillian Vacek ... Lillian (uncredited)
P.J. Webb ... Herself (uncredited)
Clay Wright ... Helicopter Pilot (uncredited)

Directed by
H.B. Halicki 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
H.B. Halicki 

Produced by
H.B. Halicki .... producer
Richard L. Muse .... executive producer
Original Music by
Hoyt Axton 
Cinematography by
Daniel Pearl 
Tony Syslo 
Film Editing by
Warner E. Leighton 
Makeup Department
Maureen Coddington .... makeup artist
Production Management
Jack Vacek .... production manager
Art Department
Dennis Stouffer .... props
Sound Department
Michael Brennan .... sound (as Mick Brennan)
Pat Egan .... dubbing mixer
Robert W. Glass Jr. .... dubbing mixer
Tom Gleason .... sound editor
Kendrick Sweet .... sound editor
Dan Thomas .... sound editor
Howard Wilmarth .... dubbing mixer
Special Effects by
Wayne Beauchamp .... special effects foreman
Eb Jensen .... special effects
Tony Ostermeier .... special effects
Wilfred Pioch .... special effects
Phil Van Houten .... special effects
Jerry Daugirda .... stunt driver
Larry Dunn .... stunt driver
Chip Giannettino .... stunt driver
H.B. Halicki .... stunt coordinator
H.B. Halicki .... stunts
Eb Jensen .... stunt driver
Dave Logue .... stunt driver
Tony Ostermeier .... stunt pilot
Eddie Paul .... stunt coordinator
Eddie Paul .... stunt driver
Don Pulford .... stunt driver
Butch Stockton .... stunt driver
Anian Tunney .... stunt driver
Bruce Paul Barbour .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Chip Giannettino .... still photographer
Shem Lemone .... still photographer
J. Michael Popovich .... assistant camera
Josh Rich .... assistant camera
Ron Sawade .... camera operator
Steve Sealy .... still photographer
Dominic Sena .... camera operator
Thomas Syslo .... camera operator (as Tom Syslo)
Jack Vacek .... camera operator
Editorial Department
P.J. Webb .... assistant editor
Transportation Department
Jim Csiszer .... transportation captain
Other crew
Lorra Lea Bartlett .... script supervisor
Doug Bourhenne .... carpenter
Garland Brown .... firearms advisor
Bruce Cameron .... creative consultant
Maureen Coddington .... assistant to the producer
Jerry Daugirda .... mechanic
Joe Dinmore .... carriage person
Tony Divita .... mechanic
Rea Downing .... mechanic
Rafael Espinoza .... custom paint
Jeff Finley .... firearms advisor
Aubrey Finn .... production attorney (as Aubrey L. Finn)
Bud Halicki .... creative consultant
Ronald Halicki .... creative consultant (as Ron Halicki)
Eb Jensen .... carpenter
John Olsen .... carpenter (as Johnny Olson)
Butch Stockton .... production company pilot
Dennis Stouffer .... creative consultant
Dennis Stouffer .... security officer
Brent Taylor .... custom paint
John Vacek Sr. .... carpenter
Phil Van Houten .... carpenter
Lorens Foard .... special thanks
Richard H. McHale .... special thanks
Tom McMullen .... special thanks

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USA:96 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

This film held the Guinness World Record for most number of vehicles/planes wrecked in one movie for more than 20 years. It was eclipsed in 2003 by Matrix Revolutions (300+ [working] vehicles on loan from GM), which was itself 'beaten' by Transformers 3 with 532 vehicles 'destroyed', but they were unusable flood damaged vehicles scheduled for destruction anyway.See more »
Continuity: There are several inconsistencies with the newspaper articles shown during the "awards ceremony" video on Harlan's background. The shot of "The Hollywood Reporter" gives a 1982 date (when the scene was shot), when it talks about Harlan's first movie which was supposedly made years earlier. The next headline gives the year as 1977. Once Harlan's wife Helen is killed, and the headlines change to those covering her death, the year is suddenly 1976, yet she dies after the events of the first two stories. The next article, which deals with Harlan's second film, gives the year as 1977, but the next (also about his second movie), has the year as 1982 again (in "The Hollywood Reporter"). The next article shows 1980, then goes back to 1979, before finally returning to 1982 for the Pontiac Firebird commercial, despite all of this supposedly occurring in chronological order. Furthermore, none of the articles match the headlines about Harlan/Helen, and all talk of completely unrelated stories.See more »
Hoyt:Here are the keys to the car - it's my wife's car.
Harlan Hollis:Your wife's car? Don't you have anything better?
Hoyt:Look, it's the yellow 'vette. I think it'll do the job.
Harlan Hollis:Oh, okay.
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References Rebel Without a Cause (1955)See more »


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H.B. Halicki strikes again!, 15 August 2014
Author: Scott LeBrun (Hey_Sweden) from Canada

"Gone in 60 Seconds" mastermind H.B. "Toby" Halicki basically plays himself in this ass kicking tale guaranteed to please car enthusiasts and action movie junkies everywhere. Harlan Hollis is a junkman who's made good with a drive-in car chase classic and who is now set to attend a festival honouring film legend James Dean. However, the trip there proves to be an extremely eventful one as somebody has decided that it would be a very good idea to bump off Harlan. So he has to dodge assassins left, right, and centre while pretty much every vehicle in sight is destroyed in extravagant fashion. When Harlan is thought to be dead, he realizes it's good cover while he hightails it to L.A. to find out the brains behind the operation.

Halicki delivers plenty of good, straightforward, unpretentious nonsense that's very easy to watch. The acting won't win any Oscars but it's just right for this sort of thing. Halicki is reasonably engaging in the lead, receiving fine support from Christopher Stone ("The Howling", "Cujo") as P.R. man Michael Fox, Susan Shaw as newswoman Susan Clark, who does some sleuthing of her own, Lang Jeffries ('Rescue 8') as Arthur, and Dan Grimaldi ("Don't Go in the House") as flustered news producer Larry Bergleman. Cameos include Freddy Cannon and the Belmonts, Lynda Day George ("Pieces") as a reporter, car customizer George Barris, and Hoyt Axton ("Gremlins") as both himself and a character in a film-within-the-film.

The non-stop assortment of eye popping vehicular stunts is simply spectacular. "The Junkman" set a record for over 150 vehicles destroyed in one way or another. Best of all is the memorable gag of jumping a car *over* a plane. Halicki even works the use of the Goodyear Blimp into the proceedings!

This is pulse-pounding visceral entertainment that really hits the spot.

Seven out of 10.

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