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Flashback

4.7 out of 5 stars 154 customer reviews

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The FBI has caught the infamous '60s radical Huey Waller and is sending his to jail but somehow Huey's yuppie FBI escort ends up behind bars.
Item Type: DVD Movie
Item Rating: R
Street Date: 09/24/02
Wide Screen: yes
Director Cut: no
Special Edition: no
Language: ENGLISH
Foreign Film: noSubtitles: no
Dubbed: no
Full Frame: no
Re-Release: no
Packaging: Sleeve

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Inspired casting puts sparks in this comedy of counterculture clash between an aging 1960s radical and a buttoned-down FBI agent. Dennis Hopper plays an Abbie Hoffman-esque sixties activist and prankster who lands in the custody of a conservative young agent (a suitably uptight Kiefer Sutherland) and proceeds to literally unravel the agent's carefully constructed front through a series of slippery mind games. Hopper has a blast as the unreformed sixties relic, and Carol Kane is delightful as a hippie holdout who puts both men back in touch with their identities. There are few surprises, plenty of heart, and even a little sentiment in this story of rebellion and the legacy of the counterculture. The soundtrack is gilded with well-chosen 1960s anthems. --Sean Axmaker

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  • Actors: Dennis Hopper, Kiefer Sutherland, Carol Kane, Paul Dooley, Cliff De Young
  • Directors: Franco Amurri
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: September 24, 2002
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (154 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006F7IL
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,297 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Flashback" on IMDb

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While looking at the box art.. or maybe just reading on the box.. You may think this film is your stanard opposites clash, then become buddies film.. Well, you'd be right.. and, you would be WRONG. I admit, there are a few contrived scenes.. and the relationship is pretty much spelled out from the beginning of the film and the two main character's FIRST meeting.. BUT, the way it's played is definitely not the same old formula.

Dennis Hopper easily slips into the aging hippie radical.. It's no surprise that he's comic gold. The more surprising part, and it is no knock against him, is Keifer Sutherland. He plays the straight man to the crazy radical, yet also brings an unexpected depth to the character of the FBI agent who's responsibility it is to take Huey (Hopper) back to jail.

Not saying Hopper's character lacks depth.. He is very much a cardboard cut out loudmouth that also has a depth to him when he refers to his regret of having been a fugitive for 25 years after pulling off an amateurish stunt against the establishment.

BUT.. the real surprise to me is still of course Sutherland.. in retrospect.. looking over his career, even up to this point, his most effective roles (and even now, on the big screen anyway) had been of villains and people who are evil.. pure and simple, and without reason for the most part. His character of the sadistic Ace Merill (Stand by Me) was a great role.. but rather just an evil role.. but, of course, Sutherland never let his evil turn into the level of mustache twirling.. He was the bully.. Or his later turns in the small parts in "A Time to Kill" and almost invisible (a completely omniscient and almost spectrual figure, well voice, in "Phone Booth". Here he plays the straight man..
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As an "at the edge-baby boomer" I wasn't quite old enough or precocious enough to appreciate the "labeled" hippie era. However, having, within the past 4 years, gone thru my "requisite" "mid-life-crisis" with accompanying chaos/change it demanded of me, I found the movie totally entertaining and resonant for me. I LOVED the personification of the free spirit of love and life that the movie portrayed the 60's as. The scenes with Carol Kane and her "reclusive, hippiesque, keeper of the flame" character touched a deep chord within my 46 year old psyche. My "old soul" resonated with the archetypal emotions and images that the film engendered. When we enter the old barn thru the camera's lens, I found my deepest yearnings stirred, and I was moved beyond words by the scene when she opens the door to display the images that most resonated with that time period. I'm sure I'm not the only "wanna-be-hippie" who was thus moved. I would love to see more of these souls post their thoughts about this movie!
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I have always loved this movie. It made me love Dennis Hopper as an actor. Kiefer Sutherland, my favorite actor, plays an uptight FBI agent that has to transport an old hippy to another jail. He does a great job at making you fall in love with even the baddest of his characters. I was very excited to add this movie to my collection and I think you will too.
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Okay, blame it on Ken Kesey and his Merry Pranksters (including "beatnik" holdover bus driver Neal Cassady). Or blame it on a recently re-read of Tom Wolfe's classic "The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test" that pays "homage" to Kesey, his Pranksters, their psychedelically-painted bus "Further", and their various adventures and misadventures. Or, better, blame it on Jack Keroauc and that self-same central character Cassady (as Dean Moriarty) for his "On The Road". Whatever it is I am in a kind of "back to the future" 1960s counter-cultural mood today. And what figure, at least in some senses, represented an aspect of that scene better than the late Dennis Hopper's character in the classic "Easy Rider". And with that introduction/justification as a prompt out of the way other Hooper efforts now come to mind, including this 1990 sent-up of some of the iconic figures of the 1960s, whether they deserved that status or not. Or whether, in some cases, they deserved the sent-up either, come to think of it.

In the character of Hopper's Huey Walker, of course, we have a prima facie case made out for us for not, as he self-admittedly points out, deserving that status. It seems that the fugitive from the law Huey needs an angle to get his (probably) massive memoir published but needs a little publicity hook to stir memories (and sales) from his demographic cohort (that means us, the 1960s us) . So naturally he "snitches" on himself. The plot centers on gearing up the ante on that publicity value in the process of law enforcement trying to move Huey from point A to point B, by train no less.
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If you never saw this movie, buy it.....You won't regret it....Especially if you came of age in the 60's.........Everyone in this movie is great. Dennis Hopper is one funny dude.
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