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Product Description

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 (116 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006F7IL
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,570 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Flashback" on IMDb

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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Justin McGill on August 25, 2004
Format: DVD
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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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By TCP on July 19, 2003
Format: VHS Tape
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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Heather on November 9, 2001
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Flashback is a great movie of when the material 80's and the free 60's meet face to face. John Bockner (Keifer Sutherland) is a conservative FBI agent who is given the task to take an old hippie leader; Huey Walker (Dennis Hopper) to jail for a stunt he pulled in the 60's. The movie has great twists and turns, and will leave your laughing till you pass out. I love the line said by Huey "Once we get out of the 80's the 90's are gonna make the 60's look like the 50's"
Unfortuntly for him I think the 90's made the 80's look like the 60's
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sueg on April 3, 2014
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This movie is one of the funniest movies with Dennis Hopper. He plays an old hippie from the sixties. The F.B.I. is looking for him. Keifer Sutherland is a agent and he is sent to arrest Dennis. Well this movie is funny. Dennis is very tricky in this movie. He gets Keifer drunk and changes clothes with him, making himself look like the agent and Keifer the fugitive. They get to this town and this man that is running for mayor, he tries to kill both of them. Dennis gets kidnapped by two men that are drunk and they decide to cover their faces up. So one puts a mask on and the other one puts panty hose over his face. They didn't have rope so they wrap Christmas Lights around him and turn them on. I love this movie and this is a movie for the whole family to watch.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By lovestoread on April 1, 2006
Format: DVD
This came out when I was 3, and Mom and I still have the laserdisc version of it. This movie is a great showing about how things have changed, if what Mom says about the 60's and 70's is true. Either way, it's a very fun movie. I feel the urge to watch it at least once a year. Keifer Sutherland plays a "me generation" FBI agent who is sent to take an ex-yippie, played by Dennis Hopper, to a prison where he can serve his sentence for disconnecting Spiro Agnew's train car. The cop and the ex-yippie end up having to flee for their lives and depend on each other for their survival, even if they drive each other crazy. In the end, the cop decides to let the ex-yippie run away. The sort of twist at the very end is nice, and I smile and chuckle thinking about it. I highly recommend it to anyone born in the late 80's who feels like they should have been in college in the 60's.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Laura A. Larkin on January 30, 2013
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This is one of my favorite films having survived the sixties myself. Both Sutherland and Hopper are great dramatic actors, but they are stellar in this rip roaring comedy! It may not have you on the edge of your seat like their other performances, but it probably will have you rolling on the floor laughing. Definitely a must see for anyone who remembers the sixties somewhat fondly.
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