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The Junkman (1982)

Junkman and movie-maker Harlan Hollis struggles to stay alive when a jealous partner in his company hires goons to kill him. Full of amazing car chases, fantastic crashes, and edge-of-your-seat action.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
H.B. Halicki ... Harlan B. Hollis
Christopher Stone ... Michael Fox
Susan Shaw Susan Shaw ... Susan Clark
Lang Jeffries ... Arthur Wheeler
Bruce Cameron Bruce Cameron ... Bruce
Jack Vacek Jack Vacek ... Jack
Dan Grimaldi ... Larry Bergleman
Kelly Busia Kelly Busia ... Kelly Hollis
Richard L. Muse Richard L. Muse ... Richard Harris Hill
Freddie Cannon Freddie Cannon ... Himself (as Freddy Cannon)
Sharon McCreedy Sharon McCreedy ... Richard's secretary
Lynda Day George ... Festival News Reporter
Dennis Stouffer Dennis Stouffer ... Dennis (security man)
Judi Gibbs Judi Gibbs ... Christine
Brian LaBonge Brian LaBonge ... Brian


Junkman and movie-maker Harlan Hollis struggles to stay alive when a jealous partner in his company hires goons to kill him. Full of amazing car chases, fantastic crashes, and edge-of-your-seat action.

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Release Date:

28 August 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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1.85 : 1
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The vehicles used in the "big crash" scene during the main chase sat in the middle of the road for a week during filming, in their on-screen positions with debris and all, with traffic cones around them to warn civilian drivers. That scene was also shot directly outside the director's personal ranch in Paso Robles, and given the close proximity, he could not be bothered to remove the cars and put them back in position everyday. See more »


The Cadillac loses its right front hubcap jumping over the plane, but it is back on moments later. See more »


Eccentric Pig Farmer: Farrah, I'm so proud of you. you put those county fair girls to shame. Soon as this traffic starts moving, we're going up to the top.
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Alternate Versions

The original 1984 UK/Australian VHS releases from VTC and K-Tel Home Video are cut of various minor shots/scenes by one minute. Included are the assassins arriving at the warehouse for their briefing, Susan Clark interviewing Tom McMullen at the James Dean Festival, Harlan driving past a hot-rod that is laying on its side, cars pulling up to help the shot policeman, dialogue with the French car club, and some words from Harlan to Richard before the Bricklin heist. See more »


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Music and Lyrics by Hoyt Axton
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H.B. Halicki strikes again!
15 August 2014 | by Hey_SwedenSee all my reviews

"Gone in 60 Seconds" mastermind H.B. "Toby" Halicki basically plays himself in this ass kicking tale guaranteed to please car enthusiasts and action movie junkies everywhere. Harlan Hollis is a junkman who's made good with a drive-in car chase classic and who is now set to attend a festival honouring film legend James Dean. However, the trip there proves to be an extremely eventful one as somebody has decided that it would be a very good idea to bump off Harlan. So he has to dodge assassins left, right, and centre while pretty much every vehicle in sight is destroyed in extravagant fashion. When Harlan is thought to be dead, he realizes it's good cover while he hightails it to L.A. to find out the brains behind the operation.

Halicki delivers plenty of good, straightforward, unpretentious nonsense that's very easy to watch. The acting won't win any Oscars but it's just right for this sort of thing. Halicki is reasonably engaging in the lead, receiving fine support from Christopher Stone ("The Howling", "Cujo") as P.R. man Michael Fox, Susan Shaw as newswoman Susan Clark, who does some sleuthing of her own, Lang Jeffries ('Rescue 8') as Arthur, and Dan Grimaldi ("Don't Go in the House") as flustered news producer Larry Bergleman. Cameos include Freddy Cannon and the Belmonts, Lynda Day George ("Pieces") as a reporter, car customizer George Barris, and Hoyt Axton ("Gremlins") as both himself and a character in a film-within-the-film.

The non-stop assortment of eye popping vehicular stunts is simply spectacular. "The Junkman" set a record for over 150 vehicles destroyed in one way or another. Best of all is the memorable gag of jumping a car *over* a plane. Halicki even works the use of the Goodyear Blimp into the proceedings!

This is pulse-pounding visceral entertainment that really hits the spot.

Seven out of 10.

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