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Hot Pursuit (1987)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 8 May 1987 (USA)
Dan arrives too late for his girlfriend's family's plane to the Caribbean. He gets the next. Once there, Dan's hot pursuit of his girlfriend includes 3 friendly locals, a dubious yacht skipper, corrupt police, hijacker, pirates etc.

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Steven Lisberger

Writers:

Steven Lisberger (screenplay), Steven W. Carabatsos (screenplay) (as Steven Carabatsos) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Cusack ... Dan Bartlett
Robert Loggia ... 'Mac' MacClaren
Jerry Stiller ... Victor Honeywell
Wendy Gazelle Wendy Gazelle ... Lori Cronenberg
Monte Markham ... Bill Cronenberg
Shelley Fabares ... Buffy Cronenberg
Ben Stiller ... Chris Honeywell
Dah-ve Chodan Dah-ve Chodan ... Ginger Cronenberg
Keith David ... Alphonso
Paul Bates ... Cleon
Ursaline Bryant Ursaline Bryant ... Roxanne
Terence Cooper ... Captain Andrew (as Terrence Cooper)
Miguel Ángel Fuentes ... Policeman #1 (as Miguel Angel Fuentes)
Carlos Horcasitas Carlos Horcasitas ... Policeman #2
Martin LaSalle ... Prisoner (as Martin Lasalle)
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Storyline

Young Danny is following his rich girlfriend's family to the Caribbean. But suddenly he simply must take a chemistry test and cannot go with them. After they have left, he gets a leave from his professor and takes a plane to find them. But he is not quite sure where they are, and meets smugglers, crazy captains and murderers. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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It's going to be quite a vacation . . . if he ever gets there! See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The region and body of water setting where most of the movie took place was the Caribbean (or Carribean Sea) in the Atlantic Ocean. See more »

Goofs

When Dan is on the plane the flight attendant has on a USAF female uniform with one stripe. After the hijack attempt, and while we see the shot of just her arm, the flight attendant's uniform has 2 stripes. See more »

Quotes

Dan Bartlett: They call me 'Mr. Determined.'
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Connections

References Cagney & Lacey (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

The Lion Sleeps Tonight
Original Music and Lyrics by Solomon Linda (uncredited)
Adapted and arranged by Hugo Peretti, Luigi Creatore, George David Weiss and Albert Stanton
Performed by The Nylons (as the Nylons),
Courtesy of Attic Records Limited
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A Nutshell Review: (DVD) Hot Pursuit (1987)
19 February 2006 | by DICK STEELSee all my reviews

After a hiatus of weeks, I'm back with scouring the library for more John Cusack movies. Hot Pursuit is one of his earliest movies, even earlier than the previously reviewed Say Anything. Here, he plays a teenager whose Chemistry exam stands in the way of spending a Caribbean holiday with his girlfriend and her family.

However, his professor turns a blind eye to his flunking of the exam and the need for remedial lessons, and Cusack has to pursue his girl and her family as they had already set off without him. It's a decent comedy as he gets into situations like missing planes, spending the night with ganja-smoking Caribbeans, getting entangled with a pirate of sorts, and so on. And it all boils down to his ability to be able to save his girl and her family when they become victims of some thugs who take over their yacht.

Fans of Ben Stiller would also want to watch this for one of Stiller's early performances on screen, and a villain at that. He doesn't have much lines, and neither are they funny though.

Like most teen romance comedies of the 80s, it's pretty predictable stuff, and plays like a teenage boy's fantasy of how a holiday could probably turn out, and becoming the hero who saves the day. Suitable for those boring weekends which you want to waste away.

Barebones Code 1 DVD containing no extras.


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Country:

USA | Mexico

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 May 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Ixtapa, Guerrero, Mexico See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,507,645, 10 May 1987

Gross USA:

$4,215,849

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,215,849
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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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