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Catchfire (1990)

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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)

Writers:

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
John Apicella ... Man at Refinery
Clifford Bartholomew Clifford Bartholomew ... Fed #2
Kevin Bourland Kevin Bourland ... Ad Agency Man
Carl David Burks Carl David Burks ... Ad Agency Man
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Storyline

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 hitman (Hopper) hired by the Mafia, she goes to Mexico, where eventually she meets the hitman, who has become infatuated after studying her art and life to prepare for the hit. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 April 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Backtrack See more »

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Runtime:

(director's cut) | (theatrical)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

Goofs

The word sergeant is misspelled "sargeant" in the closing credits. 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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Aggressively eccentric
16 January 2001 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Dennis Hopper's go-for-broke-on-a-slim-budget black comedy about a hit-man falling for his target, a strange but alluring young woman who makes pop art out of neon signs. I enjoyed bits of "Backtrack" (see that, not the butchered European print entitled "Catchfire") such as the gorgeous theater in New Mexico where Jodie Foster hides out or the funny scene where she's pacing around in the bathroom, trying to decide how far she should go with her pervy kidnapper. Unfortunately, the knockabout editing leaves the film feeling somewhat disjointed and the actors are occasionally encouraged to just wing it, but without funny results. I didn't mind the ending--I was hoping for an upbeat one--but these characters don't turn out to be particularly smart people. They're dizzy, lustful little cyphers, and they might've been more engaging if they'd been written with brains.


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