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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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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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Taste the sauce in...HOT DOG 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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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

When Dan challenges Rudy to the Chinese Downhill, he states, "Forty bucks a man, winner takes all." At the start of the race, the announcer says that the winner will get $2300. 2300 doesn't divide evenly by 40. Further, only about 26 racers can be seen at the start. That would make the grand total $1040. 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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Connections

Referenced in Better Off Dead... (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

Top Of The Hill
Music by Peter Bernstein
Lyrics by Mark Goldenberg
Performed by Clif Magness
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Has problems, but good points, also.
17 August 2005 | by See all my reviews

I liked the movie from the 80s on. It's true that many of the activities portrayed are not appropriate today. Of course a lot of people hate this movie, but they generally hate this genre of movie, anyway, right?! I was especially moved by the sex scene with Harkin (Patrick Houser) and Sunny (Tracy N. Smith), the guitar serenade (written by folkie John Stewart), the hot tub scene with Shannon Tweed, and the gondola scene. It's very rare for such sex scenes to move me in other like movies of that period: I think that director Peter Markle handled the sex scenes very tastefully.... The skiing scenes were also really well done, also, but one often may see that the stunt skiers are different from the actors (duh!).

It's true, also, that some of the plot contains dumb male humor. However: I remember the names of the actors that I liked in the key romantic and sex scenes, and some others, so the movie did move me....


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