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Catch Me If You Can (1989)

A hotshot car racer persuades the class president of a small Minnesota high school to gamble on illegal car races to raise money for their school facing closure.







Cast overview, first billed only:
... Dylan Malone
... Melissa Hanson
... Nevil
... Monkey
... Mr. Johnson
... Johnny Phatmun
Dan Bell ... Manney
Jefferson Slinkard ... Dirk
Kevin Dewey ... Quarterback
Chad Bell ... Stoner
Tara Trooien ... Debutante
Rhonda L. Rubertus ... Cheerleader
Robert Kempe ... Band Kid
Kathryn Lamb ... Drama Kid
... Stackowski


The local highschool is threatened to be closed, unless they collect $200,000. The students' president Melissa struggles to collect the money, but lacks the support from her fellow students. So she accepts when car fetishist Dylan suggests to bet on him in car races against underworld king Phatman. At first everything goes well - too well ... Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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A Rebel. A Legend. A Romance. The Ultimate Race! See more »


Action | Comedy | Drama


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Release Date:

14 October 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Heart Power  »

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$800,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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The auto shop used in the film was actually filmed at Tech High School also in St. Cloud. See more »


In the movie it's stated that Fast Freddy successfully completed the "Twin City Run" thirty years ago. As the movie presumably takes place in 1989, that would mean that the race took place in 1959. When Monkey explains to Dylan everything he did to tune up Fast Freddy's 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air, he says that the car has a 427 big-block engine. The 1957 Bel Air was not factory available with a 427 ci engine (or any big-block engine for that matter) and even if the motor was retrofitted into the car, the Chevy 427 did not exist in 1959, as it was not introduced until 1963 (as a special option) and not mass produced until 1966. See more »


It's Only Make Belive
Written by Conway Twitty and Jack Nance
Performed by Conway Twitty
Used with permission of Conway Twitty Music
Courtesy of PolyGram Special Products
A Division of PolyGram Records, Inc.
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First Big-Screen Effort by Stephen Sommers
14 May 1999 | by See all my reviews

A funky little film that was the first effort by "Mummy" director Stephen Sommers. Cliched, unbelievable plot is played in a light-hearted manner by leads Matt Lattanzi (My Tutor) and Loryn Locklin. Co-star Grant Heslov later had a major role in "Congo", while veteran character actors M. Emmett Walsh and Geoffrey Lewis are recognizable from various roles in other films. Somewhat of an ode to director Sommers' hometown of St. Cloud, MN, the film's plot involves high-school kids trying to raise money for their school through illegal road races. Yeah, right. The film is helped by a great soundtrack of 50's & 60's teenybopper staples, and by the fact that none of the major players take themselves too seriously. Trivia alert: Matt Lattanzi is the ex-husband of Australian songstress Olivia Newton-John. Oh, and by the way, being that this was filmed in St. Cloud, yours truly has a "blink and you'll miss it" cameo in one of the football scenes' crowd shots. (As if anybody CARES, I'm wearing a red winter jacket and ski mask.)

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