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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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Trivia

Though uncredited, the script was rewritten by Alex Cox and Tod Davies. See more »

Goofs

When the camera climbs the stairs in Anne's hideout in New Mexico, its shadow is visible on the wall to the left. 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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There's something going on here that I really don't understand, but I like it.
2 April 2008 | by lastliberalSee all my reviews

A very strange film with a sterling cast.

Anne Benton (Jodie Foster) was in the wrong place at the wrong time and witnessed a murder. Now, the mob and the police are after her as she flees rather than enter witness protection.

On the police side, we get Fred Ward (Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins). On the mob side, we have the boss, Vincent Price; John Turturro (Barton Fink, "Monk"); Tony Sirico ("The Sopranos"); and Joe Pesci (Goodfellas, Raging Bull).

Cameos by Bob Dylan, Charlie Sheen, and Catherine Keener added up to a great cast. Too bad the movie wasn't as good as the people in it.

Dennis Hopper (Hoosiers, Easy Rider), who also produced and directed the movie, played Milo, a hit man hired by the mob to catch the girl. Unfortunately, they didn't figure him to become obsessed with her, and what's more we didn't figure that she would develop Stockholm Syndrome.

This film came in between Foster's two Oscar winning performances in The Accused and Silence of the Lambs. We get a good look at Jodie's Fosters not once, but twice in the most skintastic performance of her career. She is one good looking woman.


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