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Heat Vision and Jack (1999)

Astronaut on the run with special powers and his talking motorcycle must deal with a malevolent artificial life form that's possessing people and turning them into dust, as well as NASA's hitman and real life actor Ron Silver.

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Cast

Cast overview:
Jack Black ... Jack
Owen Wilson ... Heat Vision / Doug (voice)
Ron Silver ... Ron Silver
Christine Taylor ... The Sheriff
Vincent Schiavelli ... Frank / Paragon
O-Lan Jones ... Patrice
Sy Richardson ... Doctor
Félix Castro Félix Castro ... Pool Player #1
Clint Lilley ... Pool Player #2
Stephanie Chao ... Stripper (Jasmine)
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As the result of a NASA miscalculation, Astronaut Jack Austin flies too close to the sun, the rays expanding his mind and making him the smartest man on the planet. Now he and his talking motorcycle Heat Vision (which contains the mind of his former roommate) are on the run from NASA and their assassin, actor Ron Silver who want to take his brain. They travel from place to place solving paranormal mysteries with the help of Jack's newfound ability to become a super genius when his brain absorbs sunlight. Written by Captain_Freed

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

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The short is actually a parody of Northstar, a 1986 failed pilot turned TV movie about an astronaut called Northstar who gets irradiated by the Sun during a NASA mission, which somehow significantly enhances all of his senses but also makes him allergic to bright Sun. Heat Vision and Jack also spoofs more popular shows like Night Rider, a show about a talking car and his driver who stop crime, and less directly Dr. Who, a long running British show about an omnipotent benevolent alien who calls himself doctor Who and helps humanity against various alien and other threats. The most popular villain on Dr. Who is a race of xenophobic alien artificial life forms or robots called Daleks who have only one goal in mind - to eradicate all humanity. This is also the plan of the villainous artificial life form in Heat Vision and Jack. As an in-joke, Heat Vision watches one of Dr. Who episodes on the TV in the sheriff's grandma's house. The episode features the Daleks as well as their creator Davros being defeated by the Doctor. See more »

Quotes

[repeated line]
Jack Austin: I know everything!
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Soundtracks

Come with Me
(uncredited)
Written by Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Bonham, Sean 'Diddy' Combs and Mark Curry
Performed by Sean 'Diddy' Combs with Jimmy Page
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One of those things where hearing about it doesn't tell you anything
13 August 2005 | by ian-462See all my reviews

I thought it sounded interesting when I first read about it. Then I saw it. It's like Lovecraft funny. Like "human language is inadequate to describe the horror blah blah" funny.

It's like every action/adventure show EVER packed into a half hour, but the most obvious comparisons would have to be "X-files" and "Knight Rider." (Heat Vision is KITT) The only thing I didn't like was Owen Wilson's flat reading of Heat Vision's lines. And even that wasn't bad the whole time.

So why didn't it make it on TV? It's a half-hour live-action comedy without a laugh track. How many of those have EVER made it? (Apparantly people need to be told when it's funny.)


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