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Gotcha! (1985)

 -  Action | Comedy | Mystery  -  3 May 1985 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Jonathan
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Sasha
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Manolo (as Nick Corri)
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Al
Marla Adams ...
Maria
Klaus Löwitsch ...
Vlad (as Klaus Loewitsch)
Christopher Rydell ...
Bob Jensen
Christie Claridge ...
Girl Student
Brad Cowgill ...
Reilly
Kari Lizer ...
Muffy
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Professor
Irene Olga López ...
Rosario
Bernard Spiegel ...
Taxi Driver
Muriel Dubrule ...
Paris Blonde
Tiina Maria ...
Heidi
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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 <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Jonathan started out trying to score. And ended up being the target. See more »


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$8,800,000 (USA)
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Trivia

The film's title refers to a real-life live-action game which was popular on American university campuses during the 1980s. 'Rating The Movies' said "the title refers to a campus game where players hunt one another with paint-pellet guns". The home video release described it as a "school's mock assassination game" whilst the DVD sleeve defines it as a "campus-wide paint-ball game". "Gotcha!" also refers to the vocalization that is usually exclaimed when a participant of this game scores a successful hit on a target. See more »

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When leaving West Berlin in the punk's van they are stopped at the DDR border crossing - the border guard is not wearing his regulation tunic belt with its distinctive silver hammer and compass buckle. See more »

Quotes

[Jonathan has just crossed from East Berlin to West Berlin and is meeting with an American MP]
Jonathan: Am I in West Berlin now?
M.P.: You sure are.
Jonathan: [looking back at East Berlin and giving it the finger] Fuck you!
[looking back to the M.P]
Jonathan: Good night.
[heads off]
M.P.: [looking at Jonathan, then looking at East Berlin] I've been wanting to do that for the last six months.
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28 November 2002 | by (Lisbon, Portugal) – See all my reviews

I cannot say that this is one of the best movies ever, not even a great film or an undeniable mark on its genre, but sometimes there is a movie that without an apparent reason we happen to enjoy it very much. I really found `Gotcha!' to be a very impressive movie, especially because I was waiting to see nothing more than another teen movie full of unremarkable sex quotes.

Unfortunately, that is the way `Gotcha!' is usually promoted, regardless of being one of the funnier movies of the decade. The storyline is great and indeed reminds the brilliant and (I must say) superior `After Hours', but somehow it has its originality in never before seen action and suspense sequences.

Anthony Edwards, who would later play one of the leads in `ER', does a great job as the central character Jonathan Moore. Linda Fiorentino proved here to be a talented actress and Klaus Loewitsch is impressive as the leader of the `bad guys'. See it, if you have the chance.

My personal rating: ***1/2 out of ****


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