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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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Cast

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

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Comedy | Romance | Sport

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13 January 1984 (USA)  »

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Hot Dog  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

$20,307,325
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Trivia

The stunt doubles were all freestyle veterans, several of whom went on to star in Warren Miller and Greg Stump flicks. See more »

Goofs

During multiple shots, especially during the "Chinese Downhill" preparation sequence, the cameras and film crew are visible in the reflections off the actors' helmets. (e.q. "Squirrel Murphy" and "Rudette.") See more »

Quotes

Squirrel Murphy: Now that's a girl I could take advantage of.
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Referenced in Hot Tub Time Machine (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Top Of The Hill
Music by Peter Bernstein
Lyrics by Mark Goldenberg
Performed by Clif Magness
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A FUN '80'S COMEDY, AND A FINE EXAMPLE OF THE POST-"ANIMAL HOUSE" RAUNCHCOM GENRE
21 March 2002 | by See all my reviews

I saw this one in a Fairfield, Ct theater with a bunch of fellow tanked-up theater circuit employees, and we loved it! Sure it's stupid! Who cares? My cardinal rule with comedy is that it doesn't have to be highbrow to be funny; if a comedy makes you laugh, it has succeeded.

The predictable "snobs vs slobs" comedy is given the novel twist of having the slobs actually be highly proficient at their field of expertise, in this case "hot dog" skiing. While the comedy is pretty standard, the scenes on the slopes are standouts, particularly the spectacular Chinese Downhill race. And let us not forget that living proof of the existence of the Goddess, Shannon Tweed. The only thing that she's missing is the giant seashell that she looks like she stepped out of!!!

As for the heroes of the film, if you've ever gone seriously skiing, you know these guys. The raging alcoholic, the stoner, the foreign expert, the annoying new-kid-on-the-slopes/phenom, the thermonuclear ski goddess... They're all here. And don't miss the scene that features Mitch ryder's rockin' cover of Prince's "When You Were Mine." Kick back some tallboys and check it out!


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