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Bushwhacked (1995)

PG-13 | | Adventure, Comedy, Crime | 4 August 1995 (USA)
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On the run from authorities, a sleazy courier poses as a scout leader on a camping trip. But he has no idea what he's in for when he has to lead a group of kids.

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Greg Beeman

Writers:

John Jordan (story), Danny Byers (story) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Stern ... Max Grabelski
Jon Polito ... Agent Palmer
Brad Sullivan ... Jack Erickson
Ann Dowd ... Mrs. Patterson
Anthony Heald ... Reinhart Bragdon
Tom Wood ... Agent McMurrey
Blake Bashoff ... Gordy
Corey Carrier ... Ralph
Michael Galeota ... Dana
Max Goldblatt ... Barnhill
Ari Greenberg Ari Greenberg ... Milton Fishman
Janna Michaels Janna Michaels ... Kelsey Jordan
Natalie West ... Mrs. Fishman
Michael P. Byrne ... Mr. Fishman
Michael O'Neill ... Jon Jordan
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Storyline

Max is a delivery guy. As he makes a delivery, he finds out that guy who hired him was using him to move around money and that he is dead. He is afraid the police will think he is the killer and runs for his life. He his forced to pose as a scout leader for a bunch of kids hiking through the mountains as he is chased by the police. Written by Steve Richer <sricher@sympatico.ca>

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Max Grabelski is taking six ranger scouts to a place he's never been before...outdoors. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for crude dialogue | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 August 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tenderfoots See more »

Filming Locations:

Alta, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,988,468, 6 August 1995, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$7,919,823
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Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The theatrical trailer for the film uses the soundtrack from Rookie of the Year (1993), which was directed by Daniel Stern. See more »

Goofs

At Alta Store the cars pull in front first, but after the glue scene they don't back out, the cars are already turned around. See more »

Quotes

Jack Erickson: That's what's wrong with this country, everybody wants it NOW.
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Alternate Versions

When the film was first released at theaters everywhere in the United States, the film was originally rated "PG-13" by the Motion Picture Association of America because of some strong profanity (the word "fuck" is uttered only once, along with one obscured use of "shit", and several mild religious exclamations) a scene of an implied comical description of sexual innuendo, using Barbie dolls, and other crude dialogues; but the film was given a "PG" rating when the film was re-edited and re-released on VHS and released on DVD as part of the Fox Family Feature series. The "f-word" is spoken by Grabelski during the waterfall near-death experience. Despite having the film re-rated to "PG," The f-word was not dubbed in the 2001 Family Feature VHS and 2002 DVD release. See more »

Connections

Spoofs Cliffhanger (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Stayin' Alive
Written by Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb and Maurice Gibb
Performed by The Bee Gees
Courtesy of Polydor Records
by arrangement with PolyGram Special Markets
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Stern is terrific
24 March 1999 | by CuriosityKilledShawnSee all my reviews

Max Grabelski (Daniel Stern in full-on Home Alone mode) is a sleazy delivery man perpetually stuck in a 1970's time-warp (puh-lease tell me where I can get one of those shirts). He struts his way down the street to Bee Gees tunes and behaves like Disco Stu from The Simpsons. He's got a little con going on after working hours in which he delivers clandestine packages to some rich guy (a weak Anthony Heald) for big tips. He needs escapism and the mystery of the con makes him feel like a spy. Until that is, when Max is framed for murder and has to run for his life.

While trying to intercept the last in the series of suspicious packages (located in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest) in order to clear his name, Max is mistaken for a world famous Scout Leader and has to lead a bunch of adventure-hungry kids into the wilderness and shake off the pursuing FBI.

Daniel Stern's physical comedy is just plain hilarious and his comic timing is perfect. For anyone who liked him in Home Alone 1 and 2 you'll love him in this also. The kids are surprisingly not that annoying. Usually I hate kids in movies (Jurassic Park, Hook, The awful Von Trapp children) but they had enough character and laughs among them to make it okay.

I only ever had a problem with the ending. It was just too tame for a PG-13 rated movie. Instead of Gordy's far-fetched fall into the ravine I would have preferred that the entire balcony of the cabin to collapse and the bad guy fall to his death. Plus the bad guy is kind of weak, his accent is just plain odd and he has this strange sort of campness and not scariness about him. Too bad since Anthony Heald has played some true scumbags in his time.

These 2 complains aside Bushwhacked is great adventure movie with a lively score by Bill Conti (why is there no soundtrack CD?). It's probably best enjoyed in Spring/Summer and is perfect for the whole family. An admirable amount of laughs indeed.

The DVD is a godsend for anyone who had to suffer the terrible pan-and-scan video (like me), which half the picture missing. Now Bushwhacked is presented in full 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen and it looks just fine. The sound is simple Dolby 2.0 but it's more than adequate. Extras are thin, consisting of just a Bushwhacked trailer (quite good) and couple of other Fox family movie trailers.

But for the price, Bushwhacked is a must, regardless of extras or not. Though this time I would I liked to have seen some.


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