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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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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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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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13 January 1984 (USA)  »

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Casse-cou en liberté  »

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$20,307,325 (USA) (30 March 1984)
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None of the lead actors could ski. Patrick Houser, in particular, was brought up a week early for ski lessons but never looked comfortable so most shots of the leads on skis are in close-up. See more »

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

Sunny: Rotate outta here, Jack.
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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: The Best of Robin Williams (1991) See more »

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Do You Love Me?
Performed by Patti Austin
Courtesy of Qwest Records
by arrangement with Warner Special Products
(p) 1981 Qwest Records
Written and Composed by Rod Temperton
Published by Rodsongs
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A FUN '80'S COMEDY, AND A FINE EXAMPLE OF THE POST-"ANIMAL HOUSE" RAUNCHCOM GENRE
21 March 2002 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

I saw this one in a Fairfield, Ct theater with a bunch of fellow tanked-up theater circuit employees, and we loved it! Sure it's stupid! Who cares? My cardinal rule with comedy is that it doesn't have to be highbrow to be funny; if a comedy makes you laugh, it has succeeded.

The predictable "snobs vs slobs" comedy is given the novel twist of having the slobs actually be highly proficient at their field of expertise, in this case "hot dog" skiing. While the comedy is pretty standard, the scenes on the slopes are standouts, particularly the spectacular Chinese Downhill race. And let us not forget that living proof of the existence of the Goddess, Shannon Tweed. The only thing that she's missing is the giant seashell that she looks like she stepped out of!!!

As for the heroes of the film, if you've ever gone seriously skiing, you know these guys. The raging alcoholic, the stoner, the foreign expert, the annoying new-kid-on-the-slopes/phenom, the thermonuclear ski goddess... They're all here. And don't miss the scene that features Mitch ryder's rockin' cover of Prince's "When You Were Mine." Kick back some tallboys and check it out!


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