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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.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(director's cut) | (theatrical)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Bob Dylan has a small cameo as the artist with a chainsaw and an orange hard hat. See more »

Goofs

Dennis Hopper's "lucky gun" is a revolver with a silencer. A silencer doesn't work on a revolver. 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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Backtrack!
2 July 2001 | by wct3630See all my reviews

Splendid, offbeat film that blurs the line between the refined arty types (Foster's Anne Benton), and lowlifes (Hopper, Pesci). Exceptional cinematography and editing, plus a neat script, make this film appear to be a template for Tarantino, as we sort of define the term "opposites attract" with this film!

Hopper, Pesci, Price, and Turturro all give terrific performances, but Foster steals the flick in an extremely uncharacteristic performance. Made around the time of The Accused, this is Foster at her unrestrained, corset-less best. This is Foster as truly one of the hottest, sexiest women in Hollywood. She seriously could have had a career as a sex kitten (Hard to believe I know, but watch Backtrack, whoo!), but after The Silence of the Lambs, she never really returned to this turf. It's sad, because her wonderfully loopy, sexy performance, is glorious... one of her best.


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