Gotcha! (1985)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Comedy, Mystery  |  3 May 1985 (USA)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Manolo (as Nick Corri)
Marla Adams ...
Klaus Löwitsch ...
Vlad (as Klaus Loewitsch)
Christopher Rydell ...
Bob Jensen
Christie Claridge ...
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Bernard Spiegel ...
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Jonathan plays a game called Gotcha in which he hunts and is hunted by other students with paint guns. After a big win, he goes off for a vacation in France where he meets the sexy Sasha who says she is only interested in him because he is a virgin. She takes him with her to East Germany where they are separated and he has to escape back to the west on his own, all the while being trailed by East German spies. He arrives home only to find the game is still going on, and a canister of film is in his backpack. Then Sasha re-appears. Written by John Vogel <>

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Meet Jonathan. A college student who loves girls, games & gunplay. This year, on vacation in Paris, he's going to find out about all three. For real! See more »


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Release Date:

3 May 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bang du er død  »

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$8,800,000 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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This 1985 movie features the line of dialogue "Go ahead, make my day!" making it one of the first films to spoof / reference the famous Clint Eastwood 'Dirty Harry' catchphrase made popular from the movie Sudden Impact (1983) which had debuted in late 1983 just under 18 months earlier. See more »


When Jonathan returns to Los Angeles and first discovers the film that he inadvertently smuggled out of East Germany, it appears to be a canister of 35 mm film with an inch or two of film sticking out of the canister. Had the film already been used to photograph anything, it would not have had any film visible, as the camera would have been used to rewind all of the film back into the canister before the canister was removed from the camera. As presented in the movie, Jonathan appears to have smuggled an unused roll of film. See more »


Al: No. And that's final!
Jonathan: Mom.
Maria: Al!
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References Goldfinger (1964) See more »


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Teenage adolescent college fantasy James Bond film.
1 October 1999 | by (home of 2000 Olympics) – See all my reviews

In college Jonathan plays Gotcha with a paintball gun, but when his trip to Europe takes a turn with the KGB, he swaps he toy gun for the real thing. This is my No.1 favourite film of all time. I acknowledge that the film has its problems in the script department and also the many plausablities that make you go "Dah?". BUUUUT this film has such a rapid line of gags and dialogue that it can take you back to films such as "The big sleep".

The one liners come thick and fast, as does the action in which our Yankee hero Anthony Edwards teams up with Russian spy Linda Fiorento to run away from (the then popular enemy) the KGB. Anthony Edwards:"Wirgins? you mean virgins! No I'm not a virgin!" Linda Fiorento:"I like wirgins" Anthony:"Yes I'm a Wirgin"

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