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When Jesse Lujack steals a car in Las Vegas and drives down to LA, his criminal ways only escalate- but when will it end?

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jesse Lujack
... Monica Poiccard
... Birnbaum
... Lt. Parmental
... Paul
Robert Dunn ... Sgt. Enright
Garry Goodrow ... Tony Berrutti
... Salesgirl (as Lisa Persky)
... Grocer
Waldemar Kalinowski ... Tomachoff
Jack Leustig ... Highway Patrolman
Eugène Lourié ... Dr. Boudreaux (as Eugene Lourié)
Georg Olden ... Kid
Miguel Pinero ... Carlito
... Man with Pipe
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Jesse has to get out of Las Vegas quickly, and steals a car to drive to L.A. On the way he shoots a police man. When he makes it to L.A. he stays with Monica, a girl he has only known for a few days. As the film progresses, the police get closer to him, and the crimes escalate. Written by Colin Tinto <cst@imdb.com>

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He's the last man on earth any woman needs... and every woman wants.


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13 May 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sin aliento  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$4,384,369, 15 May 1983

Gross USA:

$19,910,002
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There were a couple of other love scenes that wound up being edited out in order to get the R-rating. In one of them, Jesse slowly cuts Monica's dress off by carefully using a pair of scissors. In another, a palm tree exploded into flames behind them as they made out. See more »

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In the newspaper article that mentioned the death of a CHiP Officer, the text of the article has absolutely nothing to do with the headline. See more »

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Detective: "Don't F-U-C-K with the L.A.P.D."
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Referenced in Reservoir Dogs (1992) See more »

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Bad Boy
Written by Lil Armstrong and Avon Long
Performed by Mink DeVille
MCA Music (A Division of MCA, Inc.)
Capitol Records, Inc.
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Lurid fun and has aged well.
22 November 2005 | by See all my reviews

Back in 1983, the remake of Jean-Luc Godard's "A Bout de Soufflé" was savagely attacked by critics. It was understandable at the time. Today, I'll bet many of the critics probably feel the film is much better compared to today's bottom feeder cinema (many of which top the box office).

Richard Gere's Jesse LuJack does the rare feat of being both repulsive and likable. Early in the film, you despise the reckless, cocky, S.O.B. of a criminal that he is but as the film wears on you suddenly find his character extremely appealing. Once you warm up with him, you realize how much fun Gere is having playing LuJack. His traipsing in L.A. becomes very entertaining in a video game sort of way. Singing to Elvis and Jerry Lee Lewis, disrupting his girlfriend's exam, and his role as The Fugitive makes the film so compelling and fun to watch. He embodies coolness while being hip; which can be hard to do.

As for Valerie Kapinsky, I have seen some of her soft-core films from Europe and she is tremendously sexy. She has sex appeal and looks delicious in virtually every scene. Her acting here gave her an undeserved rap. She's supposed to be playing a French exchange student. I think she did the best job possible by playing herself. I would take Kaprinsky over some American actress faking a French accent. There could have been other French actresses out there that could have taken the part but she fit in perfectly for the role IMO. She probably didn't object to the nudity required.

The film also delivers some steamy situations. Making love in front of a huge screen showing an old movie (I think Judy Garland was in it) while being on the lam in L.A. just sounds so dreamy. Makes me want to do the same with my girl; only I won't have an arrest warrant on my head LOL!

So yes, the movie isn't a classic and it isn't Casablanca but the film is much, much better than the turkey it received in 1983. It's definitely worth seeing.

Interestingly enough, Jim McBride would later direct a biopic of Jerry Lee Lewis in 1988 called "Great Balls Of Fire" so his interest in late 50's rockabilly was apparent here regarding the great soundtrack.


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