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Aspen Extreme (1993)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance, Sport | 22 January 1993 (USA)
T.J. and his friend Dexter quit their jobs in Detroit to become ski-instructors in Aspen. While T.J. advances to the most popular instructor of the school during the season, he has to take ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Gross ... T.J. Burke
Peter Berg ... Dexter Rutecki
Finola Hughes ... Bryce Kellogg
Teri Polo ... Robin Hand
William Russ ... Dave Ritchie
Trevor Eve ... Karl Stall
Martin Kemp ... Franz Hauser
Stewart Finlay-McLennan ... Rudy Zucker
Tony Griffin Tony Griffin ... Gary Eimiller
Julie Royer Julie Royer ... Michelle Proux
Patrick T. Johnson Patrick T. Johnson ... Bill Swanson
William McNamara ... Todd Pounds
Gary Eimiller Gary Eimiller ... Jinx Stone
Andy Mill Andy Mill ... Himself
Bill Ferrell ... Official
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T.J. and his friend Dexter quit their jobs in Detroit to become ski-instructors in Aspen. While T.J. advances to the most popular instructor of the school during the season, he has to take care for Dexter, who's future is less bright and who's eventually thinking about jobbing as drug courier - bringing their friendship to a test. Meanwhile the rich business woman Brice supports T.J. in his writing ambitions and invites him to live at her home. But in her absence he falls in love with the stunningly beautiful blond radio moderator Robin. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Taglines:

Skiing's the easy part. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some language, drug content and nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 January 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A léc hátán is megélnek See more »

Filming Locations:

Aspen, Colorado, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$8,041,049
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The trailer narrator in the original theatrical trailer for the film is the legendary Don LaFontaine, and the song featured in the trailer is "You Move Me" by Rick Astley. See more »

Goofs

When Dex and T.J. walks up the mountain the second time, one can clearly see the drop-off point from the helicopter trip when the camera pans around the mountain. See more »

Quotes

T.J. Burke: Skiing's the easy part, Carl.
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The Best Inside You
Written and Performed by David Baerwald
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Am I The Only One Who Found This Film Hilarious?
9 October 2007 | by MannyVarjakSee all my reviews

Actually, I know I'm not because I've got a group of friends who watch this regularly and laugh like crazy. If they had hammed this up, like Hot Dog, it wouldn't have had a prayer but playing this ludicrous story straight up has yielded fabulous results. Franz, played by the lead singer of Spandau Ballet, is one of the greatest comic characters in film history.

There are no "rules" for unintentional comedy but there are a few elements that greatly make them watch able and Aspen Extreme has the lot. First off, good acting helps and the cast here is first rate. Berg, Gross, and Polo all deliver their over-the-top dialog as if it were penned by the Bard and the bit players are solid as well, from Franz to Karl Stoll to the Olympic hopeful from Oregon.

"What's the worst day you've ever had." "I dunno, probably the time we were arrested for stealing those telephone poles."

Secondly, nice cinematography and direction are almost essential. This film looks and feels like big budget Hollywood. It's beautiful.

Next, the soundtrack should be campy and Aspen Extreme's 80's rock track is hilarious. A perfect homage to Del Amitri. In fact, the whole movie is filled with 80s iconography even though it came out well into the 90s, "Hi, I'm Andy Mill…."

Finally, the writing has to be bad—really bad—and directed as if it were genius. The great Alan Dwan once said, in reference to comedic camp, "(sic)You can't tell your actors they're making comedy or they'll ham it up. They must believe they're making a serious film." As the above example suggests, and un-funny line on paper, when derived in the proper context, can be much funnier than if the joke actually had a punch line the made sense.

All I'm sayin' is that this film may not be Road House or Endless Love, but it's a dammed fun time and won't even need robots sitting in the front row you help you out.

"I'm not here for the party, azz hool. Zis iz my job!"


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