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Catchfire -- Jodie Foster stars as Anne Benton, an artist who sees what she shouldn't - a mob assassination. The police want her to testify; the mob wants her dead.
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3 April 1990 (USA) See more »
When murder is your business, you'd better not fall in love with your work.
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Dennis Hopper ... Milo

Jodie Foster ... Anne Benton

Dean Stockwell ... John Luponi

Vincent Price ... Mr. Avoca

John Turturro ... Pinella

Fred Ward ... Pauling

Julie Adams ... Martha

Tony Sirico ... Greek (as G. Anthony Sirico)

Sy Richardson ... Capt. Walker
Frank Gio ... Frankie

Helena Kallianiotes ... Grace Carelli

John Apicella ... Man at Refinery
Clifford Bartholomew ... Fed #2
Kevin Bourland ... Ad Agency Man
Carl David Burks ... Ad Agency Man

Grand L. Bush ... Bank Teller (as Grand Bush)

Burke Byrnes ... Fed #1
Tod Davies ... Hit Woman
Satya De La Manitou ... Car Thug
Ayres Donno ... Girl in Restaurant
Tomás Goros ... Golf Course Fed
Sarina C. Grant ... Hooker (as Sarina Grant)

Catherine Keener ... Trucker's Girl

Katherine LaNasa ... Waitress (as Katherine La Nasa)
Lauren Lloyd ... Margaret Mason

Anthony Pena ... Taos Sheriff
Robert Rothwell ... Ad Agency Exec

Charlie Sheen ... Bob
Jerry Summers ... Rianetti
Gary Wills ... Police Sargeant

Michael Yama ... Technician
John Zenda ... Trucker
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Toni Basil ... (uncredited)
Alex Cox ... D.H. Lawrence (uncredited)

Bob Dylan ... Artist (uncredited)
David E. Harshbarger ... Free Base Cocaine User (uncredited)
Ted Markland ... Man in Van (uncredited)
Jeff Penley ... Boy in Car #2 (uncredited)

Joe Pesci ... Leo Carelli (uncredited)
Reynaldo Silva ... Gang Member (uncredited)
Morris Lee Sullivan ... Seattle Citizen (uncredited)
Hugo Urrutia ... Boy in Car #3 (uncredited)
Ellie Wood Walker ... Woman in Van (uncredited)

Directed by
Dennis Hopper  (as Alan Smithee)
Alan Smithee (really Dennis Hopper)
Writing credits
Rachel Kronstadt Mann (story)

Rachel Kronstadt Mann (screenplay) and
Ann Louise Bardach (screenplay)

Produced by
Mitchell Cannold .... executive producer
Dick Clark .... producer
Lisa Demberg .... co-producer
Paul Lewis .... line producer
Dan Paulson .... producer
Steven Reuther .... executive producer
Original Music by
Curt Sobel 
Michel Colombier (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Edward Lachman (director of photography) (as Ed Lachman)
Film Editing by
David Rawlins 
Casting by
Lauren Lloyd 
Production Design by
Ron Foreman 
Art Direction by
Pamela Marcotte  (as Pam Marcotte)
Set Decoration by
Jeannie Laughlin 
Costume Design by
Nancy Cone 
Makeup Department
Leslie Ann Anderson .... hair stylist (as Leslie Anne Anderson)
Pat Gerhardt .... makeup artist
Production Management
Scott Kramer .... executive in charge of production
Paul Lewis .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Randall Badger .... key second assistant director
Craig Beaudine .... first assistant director
Bruce Solow .... additional second assistant director
Art Department
Marienus Cetani Sr. .... painter (as Dominic Cetani)
Scott De Shields .... carpenter
Jeff Grizzard .... carpenter
David E. Harshbarger .... property master (as David Harshbarger)
Jenny Holzer .... art creator: Anne Benton's art
Steven Jarrard .... lead person (as Steve Jarrard)
Scott W. Leslie .... set dresser: swing gang (as Scott Leslie)
Ron Moser .... construction coordinator
John Slatsky .... set dresser: swing gang
Tedi Tate .... assistant props
Douglas M. Vaughn .... set dresser: swing gang (as Doug Vaughn)
Sound Department
Doug Botnick .... sound re-recording mixer (as Douglas Botnick)
David D. Caldwell .... sound editor (as David Caldwell)
David B. Cohn .... adr editor
Michael P. Cook .... sound editor (as Michael Cook)
Robert Deschaine .... adr mixer
Thom 'Coach' Ehle .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby (as Tom Ehle)
Robert L. Hoyt .... sound re-recording mixer
Ken Pawlak .... boom operator
Jeffrey Perkins .... sound re-recording mixer
Warren Smith .... sound editor
Elizabeth Snyder DeSantis .... adr recordist (as Elizabeth Snyder De Santis)
James M. Tanenbaum .... sound mixer (as James Tanenbaum)
James Troutman .... sound editor
Stu Bernstein .... sound editor (uncredited)
Sandy Gendler .... sound editor (uncredited)
Gary Mundheim .... sound editor (uncredited)
Bob Newlan .... sound editor (uncredited)
Tim Philben .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Clancy T. Troutman .... sound designer (uncredited)
Robert Waxman .... sound editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Dale L. Martin .... special effects coordinator (as Dale Martin)
Robert E. Worthington .... special effects assistant (as Bob Worthington)
Visual Effects by
Rocco Gioffre .... miniatures
Mark Sullivan .... miniatures
Janet Brady .... stunt person
Jeffrey J. Dashnaw .... stunt person (as Jeff Dashnan)
Eddy Donno .... stunt coordinator
Eddy Donno .... stunt person
David R. Ellis .... stunt person
Mark Giardino .... stunt person
Buddy Joe Hooker .... stunt person
Chris Howell .... stunt person
Tommy J. Huff .... stunt person (as Tom Huff)
Vic Manni .... stunt person
Gary McLarty .... stunt person
Beth Nufer .... stunt person
Glenn R. Wilder .... stunt person (as Glenn Wilder)
Tony Donno .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Paul Amorelli .... electrician
Mark Assante .... electrician
Dustin Ault .... grip
Herb Ault .... first company grip
Ron Batzdorff .... still photographer (as Ron Batzdorf)
Rob Bennett .... clapper loader
Bennie R. Brothers .... video assist operator (as Bennie Brothers)
Jeffrey R. Clark .... aerial assistant camera (as Jeff Clark)
Hugo Cortina .... chief lighting technician
Blaise Dahlquist .... assistant lighting technician
Mark Gambino .... second company grip
John Graf .... electrician
Kurt Grossi .... grip
Bob Hall .... first assistant camera
Vic Keatley .... electrician (as Victor Keatley)
Brian LeGrady .... second assistant camera (as Brian Le Grady)
Walt Lloyd .... additional camera operator
Gregory Lundsgaard .... panaglide operator (as Greg Lundsgaard)
Larry McCarron .... grip
Roger Spurgeon .... musco light operator
Jeffrey Ray Strong .... electrician (as Jeff Strong)
Donald Vetick .... dolly grip (as Don Vetick)
Fred Waugh .... aerial camera operator
Casting Department
Paul Adler .... casting associate
Sally Jackson .... extra casting: New Mexico
Victoria Kern-Giles .... extra casting assistant: New Mexico
Gail Levin .... casting consultant
George Palelei .... extra casting: Dir. Casting Service, Los Angeles
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Laura Goldsmith .... costumer
Kayla Koeber .... costumer
Editorial Department
Matthew Cassel .... editing room assistant
Linda Fitzwater .... assistant editor
David Jimenez .... assistant editor
Terry Kelley .... assistant editor (as Terry Kelly)
Wende Phifer Mate .... additional editor (as Wende Pfeiffer-Mate)
Clay Rawlins .... editing room assistant
Barbara Riley .... negative cutter
William Mark Roche .... post-production executive
Jan Wesley .... additional editor
Melissa Wyn .... assistant editor
Music Department
Sharon Boyle .... music supervisor
Gary Goetzman .... music supervisor
Carlton Kaller .... music editor (as Carl Kaller)
Tom Kramer .... music editor
William Ross .... conductor
William Ross .... orchestrator
Dennis S. Sands .... music scoring mixer (as Dennis Sands)
Robert Schaper .... music mixdown (as Bob Shaper)
James Thatcher .... musician: French horn (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Cesar Angobaldo .... company driver
Ray Appel .... company driver
Dave Garber .... driver: insert car
Chuck Hanson .... company driver
Phil Hedley .... production van driver
Jim Huffey .... company driver (as Jim Hoffey)
Marty Huffey .... company driver
Dennis Janovici .... company driver
Tom MacDonald .... company driver
John 'J.P.' Pratt .... driver: honeywagon (as John Pratt)
Kino Quintana .... company driver
Anne Renfro .... company driver (as Annie Renfro)
Wayne Roberts .... company driver
Lenny Rogel .... company driver (as Len Rogel)
Mario Simon .... transportation captain
James E. Vargas .... company driver (as James Vargas)
Thomas Vilardo .... company driver (as Tom Vilardo)
Eddie Lee Voelker .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Alicia Anthony .... accounting: Vestron
Lisa Batsu .... assistant to executive producers
Dori Berinstein .... production executive (as Dori Bernstein-Wasserman)
Jennifer Bleakley .... production assistant
Christine Bonnem .... location assistant: Los Angeles (as Chris Bonnem)
George Chavez .... set security: C.A.S.T. Security
Satya De La Manitou .... location coordinator: New Mexico
Robert Dean .... production assistant
Robert Easton .... dialogue coach (as Bob Easton)
Gary Fibbins .... assistant: Mr. Hopper
Will Fowler .... video services
Donna Glasser-Hancock .... assistant accountant (as Donna Glasser)
Kim Goddard .... assistant to production executive
Peter Grossman .... legal services: Weissman/Wolff/Bergman/Coleman & Silverman
Mark Gutierrez .... production assistant
Pam Halstead .... assistant to executive producers
Julie Jones .... production accountant
Jeff Joy .... stand-in: Mr. Hopper
Joyce King .... script supervisor
David Logie .... caterer: S&H Catering (as Dave 'Hatch' Logie)
Gillbert M. Loust .... set police officer (as Gil Loust)
Steve Mason .... caterer: S&H Catering
F. Renee Mayo .... LED/computer operator
Peter McKernan .... helicopter pilot (as Peter McKernan Jr.)
Kate Mytron .... assistant to executive producers
Craig Pointes .... location manager: New Mexico/Seattle
Alan D. Purwin .... helicopter pilot (as Al Purwin)
Mary T. Quigley .... first aid (as Mary Quigley)
Debra Scutari .... production coordinator
Kris Shreffler .... production secretary
Jeffrey T. Spellman .... location manager: Los Angeles (as Jeffrey Spellman)
Robert Stulberg .... legal services: Weissman/Wolff/Bergman/Coleman & Silverman
Charles A. Tamburro .... aerial coordinator (as Chuck Tamburro)
Charles A. Tamburro .... helicopter pilot (as Chuck Tamburro)
Michael Tamburro .... helicopter pilot (as Mike Tamburro)
Neal Thompson .... title designer: Cinema Research Corporation (as Neil Thompson)
Arthur Tostado .... lab liaison (as Art Tosado)
Gary Wills .... craft service
Charles Arnoldi .... producers wish to thank
R.C. Gorman .... producers wish to thank
Laddie John Dill .... producers wish to thank
Brian Liptrot .... producers wish to thank
Liz Rawlins .... producers wish to thank
Edward Ruscha .... producers wish to thank
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Backtrack" - USA (TV title (director's cut))
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Rated R for language, sensuality and violence
116 min (director's cut) | 98 min (theatrical version)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Vestron Pictures were unhappy with director Dennis Hopper's original 180 minutes cut of the film and re-edited it without his knowledge. Hopper was so enraged he sued the company, but they had already gone bankrupt. He nevertheless insisted on the anonymous Alan Smithee credit.See more »
Miscellaneous: The word sergeant is misspelled "sargeant" in the closing credits.See more »
Milo:There's something going on here that I really don't understand, but I like it.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Last Tango in Paris (1972)See more »


What are the differences between the Theatrical Version and the Director's Cut?
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7 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Nice Try But no Cigar, 30 July 2001
Author: gws-2 from United States

Despite a marvelous cast and some pretty good ideas, pedestrian writing keeps this movie from being as good as its cast would have make one think it would be. Although Catchfire, or Backtrack as it is known in the U.S., clearly tries to be a black comedy it does not have quite enough humor in it to qualify. That said, though, this is a consistently interesting film that is filled with excellent performances. 7 out of 10.

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