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Gotcha! (1985)

PG-13 | | Action, Comedy, Mystery | 3 May 1985 (USA)
Jonathan plays Gotcha with fellow college students, testing ability as assassin or mark, using paintball guns on campus. He flies to Paris on vacation and, with a woman taking his virginity, on to Berlin, where the game/ammo gets real.


Jeff Kanew


Paul G. Hensler (story), Dan Gordon (story) | 1 more credit »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony Edwards ... Jonathan
Linda Fiorentino ... Sasha
Jsu Garcia ... Manolo (as Nick Corri)
Alex Rocco ... Al
Marla Adams ... Maria
Klaus Löwitsch ... Vlad (as Klaus Loewitsch)
Christopher Rydell ... Bob Jensen
Christie Claridge Christie Claridge ... Girl Student
Brad Cowgill Brad Cowgill ... Reilly
Kari Lizer ... Muffy
David Wohl ... Professor
Irene Olga López Irene Olga López ... Rosario
Bernard Spiegel Bernard Spiegel ... Taxi Driver
Muriel Dubrule Muriel Dubrule ... Paris Blonde
Tiina Maria Tiina Maria ... Heidi


Jonathan plays a game called Gotcha in which he hunts and is hunted by other students with paint guns. After a big win, he goes off for a vacation in France where he meets the sexy Sasha who says she is only interested in him because he is a virgin. She takes him with her to East Germany where they are separated and he has to escape back to the west on his own, all the while being trailed by East German spies. He arrives home only to find the game is still going on, and a canister of film is in his backpack. Then Sasha re-appears. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Meet Jonathan. A college student who loves girls, games & gunplay. This year, on vacation in Paris, he's going to find out about all three. For real! See more »


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English | German | Russian | French

Release Date:

3 May 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Touché! See more »

Filming Locations:

Kreuzberg, Berlin, Germany See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,360,484, 5 May 1985

Gross USA:

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Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:



Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The scene where Sasha's character first meets Jonathan and ask his age, and he says he is 23, and he passes it off as a lie to Sasha character and instead tells her he is only 18, In actual real life Anthony Edwards was the time 23 years old. See more »


Just before the title of the movie, Jonathan is talking to a girl student holding a can of Diet Pepsi. In-between shots, the can changes position, so the name is still visible, even though she's not doing anything else but holding it. See more »


Sasha: Then, um, that is second lie, Jonathan. Do not let there be a third.
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Followed by Gotcha! The Sport! (1987) See more »


Wouldn't It Be Good
Performed by Nik Kershaw
Courtesy of MCA Records, Inc.
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We Get It!
22 October 2005 | by UACWSee all my reviews

This is superb. There is nothing else to say about it. You know the premise and I'm not about to reveal anymore. Is it somewhat silly? Yes - but aren't they all in this genre? But does it have a good story line and good characters? Does it ever.

I don't think Linda Fiorentino ever looked (or acted) better. This is a romp - and it's filmed across half the world, and it isn't only the second unit that gets to travel, unless there's been some very clever scheduling going on.

This one is a total keeper. Edwards is simply good, Fiorentino is convincing - just don't expect a Picasso. This isn't big like that - but it's bound to cheer you up on an otherwise easy afternoon.

Oh - Alex Rocco and Marla Adams are great as the parents. This is not supposed to be a belly laugh movie, but that just shows what depth and breadth it has. You may not like it - we sure did.

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