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Gotcha! (1985)

PG-13  |   |  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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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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3 May 1985 (USA)  »

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$8,800,000 (USA)
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The film's score was composed by Bill Conti, who had in recent times, about four years earlier, composed the music score for the James Bond movie For Your Eyes Only (1981). That was the only Bond score Conti ever composed. Parts of his score for Gotcha! (1985) evoke that Bond score making the music in the two movies unique companion pieces. See more »

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The tranquilizer used on the tiger in the classroom, Phencyclidine (PCP), brand name Sernyl was introduced as a human tranquilizer in 1953. but owing to adverse effects among human patients, it was withdrawn from the market in 1965 and relegated to a veterinary-only tranquilizer. However, PCP continued to cause unpredictable reactions among animal subjects. It also became popular among recreational drug users in the 1960s and 1970s as Angel Dust, and veterinarians found their offices and labs broken into by users looking for the drug. Thus, the use of PCP, or Sernyl, declined precipitously and generally was not used at all among vets by the mid-seventies. Therefore, a college veterinary program would not provide its instructors with PCP, a dangerous and disused tranquilizer, for its instructors. They certainly would not keep a dangerous drug in a classroom cabinet where Jonathan could steal it and shoot people with tranquilizer darts. PCP side effects include paranoia, dissociative delirium, hallucinations, and a myriad of unpleasant somatic symptoms. The physiological, chemical, and behavioral effects can be lethal in some cases. See more »

Quotes

Duty Officer: All right, move those cars, this is the CIA.
Manolo: You got no juice here, man.
Bob Jensen: Yeah, well this is Government juice, Pachuco.
Manolo: Don't show me your badges, we don't know nothing about no stinking badges.
[the CIA men pull out their pistols]
Bob Jensen: Look, we're not playing games here, greaseball!
Manolo: Neither are we, Amigo.
[about 25 Gangbangers point various guns at the CIA men]
Manolo: Remember the Alamo?
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Relax
Written by Peter Gill, Holly Johnson and Mark O'Toole
Performed by Frankie Goes to Hollywood
Produced by Trevor Horn
Courtesy of ZTT/Island Records, Inc.
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Great 80s fun.
13 April 2004 | by (Orlando, Florida) – See all my reviews

In my book, Gotcha! is another good movie in Anthony Edward's catalog of 80s movies. Edwards is Jonathan, a somewhat wimpy looking college student who's afternoon frat boy fun of tagging his rival classmates with a dart gun as he chases them around campus, is about to come a reality in an arena of gritty international espionage. And Jonathan oughta know, these guys don't f**k around.

Jonathan and his buddy, Manolo (Jsu Garcia) take a trip to Europe during semester vacation. For Jonathan, he'd like to spend times soaking up the local culture with beautiful girls, but he's just too quiet for all of that, unlike Manolo, who's so brazen that his pick up lines are thinly disguised stories about him being a spy and needing an escort to help distract those who are following him. So, of course Manolo gets the girl.

But Jonathan soon get's lucky, too, meeting an elegant, but secretive Russian woman named Sasha (Linda Florentino) who gives him some story about being an exchange student and all of that. He even ditches his friend, Manolo (they were supposed to go to Spain) to go with his girlfriend to Germany, which is not an ideal vacation destination in 1985. But Jonathan, smitten with his new girlfriend, finds out there is more going on, and soon enough, his little games of pretending to be a spy are going to help him get out a real jam, or else he's going to wind up dead. It is actually a really enjoyable movie, seeing this quirky guy stuck in a real life game of cat and mouse.


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