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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.





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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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Release Date:

14 October 1989 (USA)  »

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Heart Power  »

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$800,000 (estimated)
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Cathedral high school does not have a swimming pool. They had to use the Eastman Hall St. Cloud State University pool. 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 »


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Good Car Fun
12 June 2007 | by See all my reviews

Catch Me...if You Can's story doesn't make a lot of sense, the class president of a high school gets the local race king to race to save the school that's going to close down. But they loose all the money and get into a timed race across town like a local legend "Fast Freddie" did back in the day. Yeah. But the movie has a fun, goofy tone and is sort of a send up of 50's Hot Rod pictures, like "The Wild Ride," none of the young actors are particularly good, and everything about them screams the 80's but Geoffrey Lewis is always fun to watch, not to mention M. Emmet Walsh. It's directed by Stephen Summers of "The Mummy" and "Van Helsing" fame, which is interesting since pretty much all of his films hark back to a different old genre, "The Mummy" was classic movie serials and horror, "Van Helsing" was Hammer films, and Catch Me if You Can did Hot Rod flicks. But The Cars are the stars, the main guy drives a sweet '68 Chevelle takes the main role for much of the racing scenes, as it faces a beautiful orange and white '69 Camaro, a '68 Shelby Mustang, '71 Dart Sport, a Grand Prix SJ, and a pretty goofy '79 Camaro with a big spider graphic on the hood, and after the dastardly M. Emmet Walsh destroys the motor in his Chevelle, Geoffrey Lewis turns out to be "Fast Freddie" and he lets him borrow his amazing '57 Chevy that was buried under the football field to run the race. Can you guess what happens? Not going to win any awards, but it's a good example of some automotive thrills.

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