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Awesome: 6.25%
Worth A Look43.75%
Average: 25%
Pretty Bad: 6.25%
Total Crap: 18.75%

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Backtrack (1989)
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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 itís available on video in Hopperís preferred cut, it has a shot at the following it deserves; this is easily Hopperís 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 FBIís 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 whoís sent after her, and he grows romantically obsessed with her ó 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 wonít be able to resist Backtrack.

This, by the way, was clearly an inspiration for Neil LaButeís 'Nurse Betty.'

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User Comments

4/28/19 Marek P Alonzo Wooden; Foster is badly miscast; don't waste your time 1 stars
9/25/17 Hope Anderson Great Movie. Never a dull moment !!! 5 stars
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
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
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