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A witness to a mob assassination flees for her life from town to town, switching identities, but cannot seem to elude Milo, the chief killer out to get her.

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John Luponi
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Pauling
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Martha
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Greek (as G. Anthony Sirico)
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Capt. Walker
Frank Gio ...
Frankie
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Grace Carelli
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Man at Refinery
Clifford Bartholomew ...
Fed #2
Kevin Bourland ...
Ad Agency Man
Carl David Burks ...
Ad Agency Man
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Storyline

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 Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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When murder is your business, you'd better not fall in love with your work.


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Rated R for language, sensuality and violence | See all certifications »

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3 April 1990 (USA)  »

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Trivia

Directed by Dennis Hopper under the pseudonym "Alan Smithee", which is a common Hollywood pseudonym used by any director who is too unhappy with the finished film to put his real name on it. See more »

Goofs

When the camera climbs the stairs in Anne's hideout in New Mexico, its shadow is visible on the wall to the left. See more »

Quotes

Milo: There's something going on here that I really don't understand, but I like it.
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Referenced in Who Is Alan Smithee? (2002) See more »

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Despite everything.....
19 April 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Despite the shameless overacting by almost the entire cast, and, despite the "chop shop" editing of the DVD, and, despite the two famous actors (Charlie Sheen, Joe Pesci) who yanked their names from the credits, and, despite the randomness and somewhat unbelievability of the script, and, despite the movie's tendency to vacillate wildly between genuine tension, dark humor, titillating nudity, and cartoonish situations, in spite of all these potential faults, "Backtrack" is very watchable. It has fantastic on location photography, that only adds to the enjoyment of a somewhat flawed, nevertheless intriguing, and ultimately entertaining movie. - MERK


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