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Hot Pursuit (1987)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 8 May 1987 (USA)
Young Danny is following his rich girlfriend's family to the Caribbean. But suddenly he simply must take a chemistry test and cannot go with them. After they have left, he gets a leave from... See full summary »

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'Mac' MacClaren
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Victor Honeywell
Wendy Gazelle ...
Lori Cronenberg
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Bill Cronenberg
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Buffy Cronenberg
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Chris Honeywell
Dah-ve Chodan ...
Ginger Cronenberg
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Alphonso
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Cleon
Ursaline Bryant ...
Roxanne
Terence Cooper ...
Captain Andrew (as Terrence Cooper)
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Policeman #1 (as Miguel Angel Fuentes)
Carlos Horcasitas ...
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Prisoner (as Martin Lasalle)
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Young Danny is following his rich girlfriend's family to the Caribbean. But suddenly he simply must take a chemistry test and cannot go with them. After they have left, he gets a leave from his professor and takes a plane to find them. But he is not quite sure where they are, and meets smugglers, crazy captains and murderers. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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She promised him ten days together in paradise. He never dreamed how far he'd have to go. See more »

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8 May 1987 (USA)  »

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A la poursuite de Lori  »

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$4,215,859 (USA)
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Trivia

Cast actors Monte Markham and Shelley Fabares were "requisite minor television stars" according to Caryn James in 'The New York Times'. See more »

Goofs

When Dan is on the plane the flight attendant has on a USAF female uniform with one stripe. After the hijack attempt, and while we see the shot of just her arm, the flight attendant's uniform has 2 stripes. See more »

Quotes

Dan Bartlett: They call me 'Mr. Determined.'
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Soundtracks

Lessons in Love
Written by Mark King, Wally Badarou and Roland Gould
Performed by Level 42
Produced between Wally Badarou and Level 42
Assistant Producer, Engineer and Mixer: Julian Mendelsohn
© 1986 Copyright by Level 42 Music, Ltd.
Admin. by Chappell & Co., Inc. (ASCAP) and by Island Visual Arts, USA (BMI)
Available on the Polydor album "Running in the family"
Courtesy of PolyGram Special Projects, a division of PolyGram Records, Inc.
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If Cusak wore dark glasses and a Hawiian shirt, this would be 'Weekend at Bernies.'
16 April 2004 | by (Orlando, Florida) – See all my reviews

Hot Pursuit is a mildly funny comedy which is likely to draw interest from audiences searching for John Cusak movies.

Dan Bartlett (Cusak) is supposed to go on vacation with his girlfriend. Lori Cronenberg. to the Islands. But, he has to bail at the last minute after flunking his Chemistry exam and his girlfriend leaves without him. A generous Chemistry teacher helps him out though, and Danny is once again able to go. But, what a surprise (not), he misses his flight and opportunity to join Lori and her family for a vacation on the beaces. Thus begins one misfortune after another as Danny spends his vacation moving from one place to the next to reach his girlfriend. Each time, something stops him from getting where he has to go. The plot is predictable (the procedure), though sometimes what the situation brings is not (the substance). But Danny is persistent, even if growing ever more tired of all the ungodly obstacles that seem to pop up just as he arrives.

Meanwhile, the boat that Lori and her family is traveling on along the coast is being navigated by a murderer, who eventually gets the Cronerbergs involved in his plot. Danny not only must reach his girlfriend, but save the Cronerbergs from the madmen before it's too late, delivering an ending which at times wavers from being too over the top (Danny's plan of escape involves nothing more than a jeep ride and some grenades). Sometimes, the climax doesn't seem enough (the explosions of the grenades look like someone threw a sandbag at a tree).

I think John Cusak fans will nonetheless enjoy the movie as he delivers typtical and youthful Cusak insanity present in his early films, even the ones with the most stupid plots. Even so, there are some funny moments in the movie from other characters, especially Kieth David as one of the Jamacians who gives Danny a lift. And Robert Loggia as Mac, who commands the boat that Danny hithces on.


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