A witness to a mob assassination flees for her life from town to town, switching identities, but cannot seem to elude Milo, the chief killer out to get her.

Director:

Dennis Hopper (as Alan Smithee)

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Rachel Kronstadt Mann (story), Rachel Kronstadt Mann (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dennis Hopper ... Milo
Jodie Foster ... Anne Benton
Dean Stockwell ... John Luponi
Vincent Price ... Mr. Avoca
John Turturro ... Pinella
Fred Ward ... Pauling
Julie Adams ... Martha
Tony Sirico ... Greek (as G. Anthony Sirico)
Sy Richardson ... Capt. Walker
Frank Gio Frank Gio ... Frankie
Helena Kallianiotes ... Grace Carelli (as Helena Kalianiotes)
John Apicella ... Man at Refinery
Clifford Bartholomew Clifford Bartholomew ... Fed #2
Kevin Bourland Kevin Bourland ... Ad Agency Man
Debbie David ... Ad Agency Man (as Carl David Burks)
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Storyline

Jodie Foster stars as Anne Benton, an artist who sees what she shouldn't - a mob assassination. The police want her to testify; the mob wants her dead. So she goes on the lam, moves to another state and adopts another identity. But she can't hide from Milo (Dennis Hopper), the mobster sent to kill her. One look at this target and the hitman has a change of heart. He doesn't want her life, he wants her love. Before long this unlikely couple is on the run from both the cops and the crooks, dodging bullets and trying to sort out who to trust, who to kill and who to love.

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When murder is your business, you'd better not fall in love with your work.


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Rated R for language, sensuality and violence | See all certifications »

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Dennis Hopper released a director's cut of this movie for cable TV. It is 18 minutes longer than the theatrical release and is retitled as "Backtrack ". Director's credit is given to Hopper rather than "Alan Smithee". See more »

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The shadow of a cameraman is briefly visible during the opening credits when Anne pulls to the side of the road. See more »

Quotes

Milo: There's something going on here that I really don't understand, but I like it.
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Alternate Versions

The theatrical release of this film is 98 minutes long. It was disowned by director Dennis Hopper and is credited to 'Alan Smithee'. The 116 minutes long director's cut was released on cable television in the USA under the title 'Backtrack'. There also exists a 180 minutes long original cut which remains unreleased. See more »

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Referenced in Who Is Alan Smithee? (2002) See more »

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Doesn't pass the sniff test
1 November 2013 | by artpfSee all my reviews

An artist (Foster) witnesses a Mafia hit and calls the police. At the police station she realizes that the Mafia has a man in the force, so she runs. Trailed by the police, who need her testimony, and a hit-man (Hopper) hired by the Mafia, she goes to Mexico, where eventually she meets the hit man, who has become infatuated after studying her art and life to prepare for the hit.

Cast of characters in walk ons can't save this horribly flawed film. Jody Foster is way too muscular to be parading around half naked through much of the movie and she isn't really good at acting scared either. And I never thought Hopper was a good actor. He's dismal in this one, pretending to be a killer by putting on a fake accent.

It's directed well and very arty, but the story is so poorly written not one scene is believable.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 April 1990 (USA) See more »

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(director's cut) | (theatrical)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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