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Catchfire (1990)

A witness to a mob assassination flees for her life from town to town, switching identities, but cannot seem to elude Milo, the chief killer out to get her.

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An artist (Foster) witnesses a Mafia hit and calls the police. At the police station she realizes that the Mafia has a man in the force, so she runs. Trailed by the police, who need her testimony, and a hitman (Hopper) hired by the Mafia, she goes to Mexico, where eventually she meets the hitman, who has become infatuated after studying her art and life to prepare for the hit. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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When murder is your business, you'd better not fall in love with your work.


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Rated R for language, sensuality and violence | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Directed by Dennis Hopper under the pseudonym "Alan Smithee", which is a common Hollywood pseudonym used by any director who is too unhappy with the finished film to put his real name on it. See more »

Goofs

When the camera climbs the stairs in Anne's hideout in New Mexico, its shadow is visible on the wall to the left. See more »

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Milo: There's something going on here that I really don't understand, but I like it.
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References Ultimo tango a Parigi (1972) See more »

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Naked Jodie Foster!
17 August 2003 | by (Nashville, Tennessee) – See all my reviews

If that's what you want, you want this movie-- she bares it not once but twice. Or if Bob Dylan wielding a chainsaw is your bag... The script is clichéd and inept, the directing choppy, the excellent cast largely wasted. At least they look like they had fun making it. If it was better written/directed, the basic premise of the abductee falling for the abductor might be more believable. Jodie spends most of her time looking worried, until she suddenly mutates into passionate lover/co-conspirator. Joe Pesci managed to have his name completely scrubbed from the film and the packaging, although his part is not minor. Blink and you'll miss Catherine Keener, apparently in her first credited role. Somebody should put the soundtrack's sax player out of our misery.


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