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Hot Pursuit (1987)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 8 May 1987 (USA)
Dan arrives too late for his girlfriend's family's plane to the Caribbean. He gets the next. Once there, Dan's hot pursuit of his girlfriend includes 3 friendly locals, a dubious yacht skipper, corrupt police, hijacker, pirates etc.

Director:

Steven Lisberger

Writers:

Steven Lisberger (screenplay), Steven W. Carabatsos (screenplay) (as Steven Carabatsos) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Cusack ... Dan Bartlett
Robert Loggia ... 'Mac' MacClaren
Jerry Stiller ... Victor Honeywell
Wendy Gazelle Wendy Gazelle ... Lori Cronenberg
Monte Markham ... Bill Cronenberg
Shelley Fabares ... Buffy Cronenberg
Ben Stiller ... Chris Honeywell
Dah-ve Chodan Dah-ve Chodan ... Ginger Cronenberg
Keith David ... Alphonso
Paul Bates ... Cleon
Ursaline Bryant Ursaline Bryant ... Roxanne
Terence Cooper Terence Cooper ... Captain Andrew (as Terrence Cooper)
Miguel Ángel Fuentes ... Policeman #1 (as Miguel Angel Fuentes)
Carlos Horcasitas Carlos Horcasitas ... Policeman #2
Martin LaSalle ... Prisoner (as Martin Lasalle)
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Storyline

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 »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Mexico

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 May 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hot Pursuit See more »

Filming Locations:

Ixtapa, Guerrero, Mexico See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,507,645, 10 May 1987

Gross USA:

$4,215,849

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,215,849
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

First big screen appearance of real life father and son Jerry Stiller and Ben Stiller together in the same movie who actually do portray a father and son. The pair also collaborated together in two shorts the same 1987 year: Shoeshine (1987) and The Hustler of Money (1987). 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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Connections

References Cagney & Lacey (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

The Lion Sleeps Tonight
Original Music and Lyrics by Solomon Linda (uncredited)
Adapted and arranged by Hugo Peretti, Luigi Creatore, George David Weiss and Albert Stanton
Performed by The Nylons (as the Nylons),
Courtesy of Attic Records Limited
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If Cusak wore dark glasses and a Hawiian shirt, this would be 'Weekend at Bernies.'
16 April 2004 | by vertigo_14See 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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