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Backtrack (Catchfire) (Do it the Hard Way) (1990)

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Release Date: Dec 31, 1990 Wide

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Originally prepared for European release under the title Catchfire, Backtrack wasn't given a wide distribution until 1991, and then only to capitalize on the Oscar win of Silence of the Lambs star Jodie Foster. In Backtrack, Foster plays a youngish innocent who witnesses a mob hit. Professional assassin Dennis Hopper is contracted to silence Foster for keeps. Instead, he falls in love with her. Directed by star Hopper, Backtrack has some of the feel of his earlier, better Easy Rider: the cast is

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Foster's scenes where she is utterly surprised by Hopper's lack of knowledge of the world, are so inviting without being condescending, eerily reminiscent of how she responded to De Niro in Taxi Driver.

September 30, 2011 Full Review Source: Examiner.com
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If you cherish the idea of Joe Pesci, John Turturro (wearing a cowboy hat), Dean Stockwell, and Dennis Hopper in the same room, you won't be able to resist Backtrack.

July 23, 2007 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
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One of film's greatest dissapointments.

September 18, 2002
Moviehole

A terrific cast does not necessarily make for a good pic.

September 11, 2001 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Well this film has a hell of a cast, these old films always seem to and its a pretty good film too. Its starts kinda slow and you get the feeling of dread that this will be really dull but after Charlie Sheen bites the dust and Dennis Hopper the hitman comes along it does start to move. Foster looks cute n sexy as the girl on the run and Pesci, Stockwell and Turturro are good as the mobsters after her blood (all led by Vincent Price as the mob chief I might add), its not too original, rather predictable (witness to mob hit goes on the run) but the cast are really good and keep you interested. Its not a serious bloody film but more of a road movie with some Humorous moments and a twist love plot too, the most important thing being you want the two leads to escape and live happily ever after :) the film draws you in.
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