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Backtrack ★★★ Catchfire 1989 (R)

Foster co-stars in this thriller about an artist who accidentally witnesses a mob hit. The mob puts a hitman (Hopper) on her trail, and after studying her background and listening to audio tapes she recorded, he finds himself falling in love. Originally intended for a theatrical release, it hit the European screens in a different cut as “Catchfire”; Hopper restored his original version and it was released on cable TV in the U.S. 102m/C VHS, DVD . Dennis Hopper, Jodie Foster, Dean Stockwell, Vincent Price, John Turturro, Fred Ward, G. Anthony “Tony” Sirico, Julie Adams, Frank Gio, Sy Richardson, Helena Kallianiotes, Bob Dylan; Cameos: Charlie Sheen, Joe Pesci; D: Dennis Hopper; W: Ann Louise Bardach; M: Michel Colombier.

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back·track / ˈbakˌtrak/ • v. [intr.] retrace one's steps: she had to bypass two closer farms and backtrack to them later | fig. to backtrack a little, the case is a complex one. ∎ fig. reverse one's previous action or opinion: the unions have had to backtrack on their demands.

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