More in-depth film festival coverage than any other website!
Home Reviews  Articles  Release Dates Coming Soon  DVD  Top 20s Criticwatch  Search
Public Forums  Festival Coverage  Contests About 
Advertisement

Overall Rating
3.14

Awesome: 0%
Worth A Look50%
Average: 28.57%
Pretty Bad: 7.14%
Total Crap: 14.29%

1 review, 8 user ratings


Latest Reviews

Mr. Holmes by Jay Seaver

Tag by Jay Seaver

Shinjuku Swan by Jay Seaver

Walk in the Woods, A by Peter Sobczynski

Treatment, The (2015) by Charles Tatum

Love & Peace by Jay Seaver

Big Match by Jay Seaver

La La La at Rock Bottom (aka Misono Universe) by Jay Seaver

Minuscule: La Vallée des fourmis perdues by Jay Seaver

Fatal Frame by Jay Seaver

subscribe to this feed


Backtrack (1989)
[AllPosters.com] Buy posters from this movie
by Rob Gonsalves

"Worth seeking out."
4 stars

Dennis Hopper followed 'Colors' with this lost movie, which got held up for years (its original distributor folded) until it won a theatrical release in Europe and then a few playdates on American cable.

Now that it’s available on video in Hopper’s preferred cut, it has a shot at the following it deserves; this is easily Hopper’s smoothest directorial outing to date. Jodie Foster stars as a conceptual artist who witnesses a mob rubout. She goes to the police, who offer her the FBI’s Witness Protection Program. Not wanting to give up her life, Foster flees cross-country, with both the cops and the mob on her tail. Hopper plays the hit man who’s sent after her, and he grows romantically obsessed with her — a potentially icky twist that pays off, because Foster and Hopper turn out to have fantastic chemistry.

This thriller that morphs into a Jonathan Demme-like gentle comedy would be fine with just the two leads, but Hopper also corralled a supporting cast to die for: Joe Pesci, John Turturro, Dean Stockwell, Fred Ward, Vincent Price, and Bob Dylan as a chainsaw artist. If you cherish the idea of Pesci, Turturro (wearing a cowboy hat), Stockwell, and Hopper in the same room, you won’t be able to resist Backtrack.

This, by the way, was clearly an inspiration for Neil LaBute’s 'Nurse Betty.'

link directly to this review at http://www.efilmcritic.com/review.php?movie=1942&reviewer=416
originally posted: 03/12/07 15:29:51
[printer] printer-friendly format  

User Comments

8/17/15 Wendy This isn't a great movie, but it's not terrible either. Worth a watch for the cast alone. 3 stars
8/14/13 PAUL SHORTT UNEVEN AND RIDICULOUS 2 stars
5/13/08 mr.mike Half-baked "Gauntlet" ripoff , 3rd star is for Foster skin and Price. 3 stars
8/04/07 Mary Beyond description bad. If I were in this movie, I would never tell anyone. 1 stars
12/29/02 Jack Sommersby Bad; but Foster's nude scene is verrrry nice! 1 stars
5/14/01 David Ellis Lead actors are OK, script & editing lousy 3 stars
4/11/01 gary vincent price makes it worth it 4 stars
4/09/99 James E. Laczkowski Cliched, but it's watchable thanks to the cast 3 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
Note: Duplicate, 'planted,' or other obviously improper comments
will be deleted at our discretion. So don't bother posting 'em. Thanks!
Your Name:
Your Comments:
Your Location: (state/province/country)
Your Rating:


Discuss this movie in our forum

USA
  02-Feb-1989 (R)

UK
  N/A

Australia
  02-Jul-1989 (M)




Home Reviews  Articles  Release Dates Coming Soon  DVD  Top 20s Criticwatch  Search
Public Forums  Festival Coverage  Contests About 
eFilmCritic.com: Australia's Largest Movie Review Database.
Privacy Policy | HBS Inc. | |   

All data and site design copyright 1997-2014, HBS Entertainment, Inc.
Search for
reviews features movie title writer/director/cast