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Hot Dog... The Movie (1984)

Harkin Banks heads to skiing championships in California. A teen runaway tags along as he parties and competes with friends and foes.

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Peter Markle

Writer:

Mike Marvin
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Naughton ... Dan
Patrick Houser ... Harkin
Tracy Smith ... Sunny
John Patrick Reger John Patrick Reger ... Rudi
Frank Koppala Frank Koppala ... Squirrel
James Saito ... Kendo
Shannon Tweed ... Sylvia Fonda
George Theobald George Theobald ... Slasher
Mark Vance Mark Vance ... Heinz
Erik Watson Erik Watson ... Fergy
Lynn Wieland Lynn Wieland ... Michelle
Sandy Hackett Sandy Hackett ... T-Shirt Contest M.C.
Crystal Smith Crystal Smith ... Motel Clerk
Peter Vogt Peter Vogt ... Fader Black
Robert Fuhrmann Robert Fuhrmann ... Rick Lauter
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Storyline

Harkin Banks is a young Idaho farm kid who is also an ace at skiing. He is headed to the freestyle skiing championships in Squaw Valley, CA along with runaway Sunny. He meets his adversary in the form of Rudy, a self centered European skier who doesn't take a liking to Harkin or his new found friends, The Rat Pack, led by veteran Dan O' Callahan. Harkin has many misadventures with Dan and his buddies, but doesn't lose focus in his attempt to get the World Cup. Written by Pat McCurry <ccgrad97@aol.com>

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There's more to do in the snow than ski. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance | Sport

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 January 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hot Dog See more »

Filming Locations:

Squaw Valley, California, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,506,756, 13 January 1984, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$20,307,325

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$33,000,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Hot Dog,United Artists See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

James Saito, who played Kendo, couldn't actually speak Japanese. He fooled the entire crew for the first 3 weeks. See more »

Goofs

At the start of the Chinese Downhill, everyone is wearing the same outfits that have been worn throughout the entire movie. For some reason Harkin's distinctive (if not signature) blue and black stretch pants have changed to black with red piping. It seems unlikely that the farm boy would buy new ones just for the downhill. Let alone ones that are the same color scheme as his nemesis. See more »

Quotes

Rudy: Do you know what I had for breakfast this morning rookie? How do you say... I had Sonny side up, und I had Sonny side down, und I had Sonny side all ze vay around.
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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Robot Jox (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Do You Love Me?
Performed by Patti Austin
Courtesy of Qwest Records
by arrangement with Warner Special Products
(p) 1981 Qwest Records
Written and Composed by Rod Temperton
Published by Rodsongs
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Campy silliness on skis
1 March 2006 | by pbhaiSee all my reviews

Previous entries have trashed this movie, as though it aspired to compete at Cannes and fell woefully short. Lighten-up. This movie was clearly made as a low-budget retread of the time honored "underdog overcomes arrogant favorite" and "boy-meets-girl, boy loses girl, boy wins back girl" themes played out on skis. Think Caddyshack with snow. Is it cheesy? You bet. Is it sophomoric? Certainly. Is it more fun than any other non-Warren Miller ski movie? No doubt. If you want a fun, sometimes silly, mindless ski movie, well, go no further. If you want a "highbrow" skiing movie, well, good luck, no one's made one yet. If you want painful, self important preposterousness try watching Aspen Extreme. Now there's a ski movie with delusions of grandeur. At any rate, Hot Dog never takes itself seriously, and if it suffers for it's gratuitous nudity and simple-minded plot, well, it isn't the first, and won't be the last. But it certainly never pretends to be anything other than what it is - campy low-budget fun with some good non-choreographed ski scenes. Disclaimer: If you don't ski, don't love skiing, or never lived in a ski-town for a season, some of this movie's "charm" may be lost on you.


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