A psychotic young man returns to his old neighborhood after release from prison. He seeks out the woman he previously tried to rape and the man who protected her, with twisted ideas of love for her and hate for him.
When police officer Xavier Quinn's childhood friend, Maubee, becomes associated with murder and a briefcase full of ten thousand dollar bills, The Mighty Quinn must clear his name. Or try to catch him, which could be even trickier.
An artist (Foster) witnesses a Mafia hit and calls the police. At the police station she realizes that the Mafia has a man in the force, so she runs. Trailed by the police, who need her testimony, and a hitman (Hopper) hired by the Mafia, she goes to Mexico, where eventually she meets the hitman, who has become infatuated after studying her art and life to prepare for the hit.Written by
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Despite having a sizable role, Joe Pesci's performance was uncredited. See more »
Dennis Hopper's "lucky gun" is a revolver with a silencer. A silencer doesn't work on a revolver. See more »
There's something going on here that I really don't understand, but I like it.
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The theatrical release of this film is 98 minutes long. It was disowned by director Dennis Hopper and is credited to 'Alan Smithee'. The 116 minutes long director's cut was released on cable television in the USA under the title 'Backtrack'. There also exists a 180 minutes long original cut which remains unreleased. See more »
Despite a marvelous cast and some pretty good ideas, pedestrian writing keeps this movie from being as good as its cast would have make one think it would be. Although Catchfire, or Backtrack as it is known in the U.S., clearly tries to be a black comedy it does not have quite enough humor in it to qualify. That said, though, this is a consistently interesting film that is filled with excellent performances. 7 out of 10.
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