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Backtrack (1991)

Cast: Dennis Hopper, Jodie Foster, Dean Stockwell, more...
Director: Dennis Hopper
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Studio: Live/Artisan
Running Time: 102 min.
Languages: English
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This title is currently out of print.

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 populated by such old Hopper chums as Dean Stockwell, Charlie Sheen, Joe Pesci, Bob Dylan, Vincent Price and Julie Adams; and, like Easy Rider, it looks as though the story was improvised during filming. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

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Overlooked gem by mason July 31, 2002 - 5:54 PM PDT
5 out of 5 members found this review helpful

This is an excellent film which seems to be sadly overlooked; this is particularly odd considering the strength of the cast. The primary focus of the film, how an artist would cope with having to hide, and thus give up her art, is fascinating and well handled. The artist played by Jodie Foster creates art so unique that she has no choice but to give it up if she wants to remain hidden from her intended assassin. The art in question is based on Jenny Holzer, and Hopper's acquaintance with the art world served him well; he chose an artist whose work is immediately recognizable as well as oddly suited to the movie. Definitely worth renting.

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