Action / Comedy

IMDb Rating 5.4


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98 min
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Reviewed by merklekranz 6

Despite the shameless overacting by almost the entire cast, and, despite the "chop shop" editing of the DVD, and, despite the two famous actors (Charlie Sheen, Joe Pesci) who yanked their names from the credits, and, despite the randomness and somewhat unbelievability of the script, and, despite the movie's tendency to vacillate wildly between genuine tension, dark humor, titillating nudity, and cartoonish situations, in spite of all these potential faults, "Backtrack" is very watchable. It has fantastic on location photography, that only adds to the enjoyment of a somewhat flawed, nevertheless intriguing, and ultimately entertaining movie. - MERK

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Reviewed by lastliberal 5

A very strange film with a sterling cast.<br/><br/>Anne Benton (Jodie Foster) was in the wrong place at the wrong time and witnessed a murder. Now, the mob and the police are after her as she flees rather than enter witness protection.<br/><br/>On the police side, we get Fred Ward (Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins). On the mob side, we have the boss, Vincent Price; John Turturro (Barton Fink, &quot;Monk&quot;); Tony Sirico (&quot;The Sopranos&quot;); and Joe Pesci (Goodfellas, Raging Bull).<br/><br/>Cameos by Bob Dylan, Charlie Sheen, and Catherine Keener added up to a great cast. Too bad the movie wasn&#39;t as good as the people in it.<br/><br/>Dennis Hopper (Hoosiers, Easy Rider), who also produced and directed the movie, played Milo, a hit man hired by the mob to catch the girl. Unfortunately, they didn&#39;t figure him to become obsessed with her, and what&#39;s more we didn&#39;t figure that she would develop Stockholm Syndrome.<br/><br/>This film came in between Foster&#39;s two Oscar winning performances in The Accused and Silence of the Lambs. We get a good look at Jodie&#39;s Fosters not once, but twice in the most skintastic performance of her career. She is one good looking woman.

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Reviewed by moonspinner55 6

Dennis Hopper&#39;s go-for-broke-on-a-slim-budget black comedy about a hit-man falling for his target, a strange but alluring young woman who makes pop art out of neon signs. I enjoyed bits of &quot;Backtrack&quot; (see that, not the butchered European print entitled &quot;Catchfire&quot;) such as the gorgeous theater in New Mexico where Jodie Foster hides out or the funny scene where she&#39;s pacing around in the bathroom, trying to decide how far she should go with her pervy kidnapper. Unfortunately, the knockabout editing leaves the film feeling somewhat disjointed and the actors are occasionally encouraged to just wing it, but without funny results. I didn&#39;t mind the ending--I was hoping for an upbeat one--but these characters don&#39;t turn out to be particularly smart people. They&#39;re dizzy, lustful little cyphers, and they might&#39;ve been more engaging if they&#39;d been written with brains.

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