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Hot Dog... The Movie (1984)

Harkin Banks heads to skiing championships in California. A teen runaway tags along as he parties and competes with friends and foes.

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Dan
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Harkin
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Sunny
John Patrick Reger ...
Rudi
Frank Koppala ...
Squirrel
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Kendo
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Sylvia Fonda
George Theobald ...
Slasher
Mark Vance ...
Heinz
Erik Watson ...
Fergy
Lynn Wieland ...
Michelle
Sandy Hackett ...
T-Shirt Contest M.C.
Crystal Smith ...
Motel Clerk
Peter Vogt ...
Fader Black
Robert Fuhrmann ...
Rick Lauter
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Storyline

Harkin Banks is a young Idaho farm kid who is also an ace at skiing. He is headed to the freestyle skiing championships in Squaw Valley, CA along with runaway Sunny. He meets his adversary in the form of Rudy, a self centered European skier who doesn't take a liking to Harkin or his new found friends, The Rat Pack, led by veteran Dan O' Callahan. Harkin has many misadventures with Dan and his buddies, but doesn't lose focus in his attempt to get the World Cup. Written by Pat McCurry <ccgrad97@aol.com>

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Taste the sauce in...HOT DOG See more »

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Comedy | Romance | Sport

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R | See all certifications »

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13 January 1984 (USA)  »

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Здорово!  »

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$20,307,325 (USA) (30 March 1984)
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Goofs

During the opening ski scene the boots changed a few times they started out as rear entry and change to a conventional buckle during the run. See more »

Quotes

[speaking English for the first time]
Kendo Yamamoto: What the fuck is Chinese Downhill?
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Connections

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: The Best of Robin Williams (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Top Of The Hill
Music by Peter Bernstein
Lyrics by Mark Goldenberg
Performed by Clif Magness
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THE classic early 80's ski flick
4 February 2003 | by (Huntington Beach, CA) – See all my reviews

Did you ever own white Vuarnet Cat Eyes? Are you stoked that padded ski sweaters are coming back in? Did you ever want to be the toast of Tahoe, ski all season long, party every night and hang out with a wacky bunch of ski bums with names like Thrasher and Squirrel? Then check out this early 80's classic (I know, it came out in '84, but it's SO '82). Harkin Banks is the wunderkind from the sticks who hooks up with Dan O'Callahan. Dan is the good time Squaw Valley veteran who's a permanent fixture on the competitive ski scene, sharing slopes and hot tubs with his party hardy co-horts: the nutty Squirrel Murphy, who digs zinc oxide, sexy ski bunnies and long gondola rides; Kendo Yamamoto, who doesn't speak much English, but can tear down the mountain like a Kamakaze; punk rocker, Thrasher, who dances to his own tune, even at parties; and a host of semi-nameless others. But what would a crazy party flick be without some bad guys? Enter Rudy Garmisch, zee Austrian ski champ and nemesis of the Squaw Valley locals. He and his loyal "Rudettes", mostly nameless guys and fraulines also from zee Austrian slopes, push some of the locals out of the upcoming competition with promises of good television ratings and new sponsorships from internationally minded companies. Uh-oh, ol' Dan's not happy with that at all! Toss in a battle over a cute blonde runaway, Sunny, and you have a recipe for trouble on the slopes. Not to worry, all's well that ends well. After all, what tiff can't be settled over a friendly game of Chinese Downhill? Not sure you wanna play? No worries...there's nothing one of Dan's famous "Leg Spreader" cocktails can't fix. And to top it all off, there's some fantastic ski footage set to even more fantastic early 80's music. Why they even bothered to make Ski School in the early 90's was a mystery to me - how could they do the ski party flick any better than Hot Dog? Surprisingly enough it was also pretty damn good. But Hot Dog: The Movie is still the original and the best.


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