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Gotcha! (1985)

Anthony Edwards , Linda Fiorentino , Jeff Kanew  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Anthony Edwards, Linda Fiorentino, Alex Rocco, Nick Corri, Marla Adams
  • Directors: Jeff Kanew
  • Writers: Dan Gordon
  • Producers: Paul G. Hensler
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: June 1, 2010
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009AOBK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,342 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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    Anthony Edwards (TV's ER) and Linda Fiorentino (Men in Black) star in this comic thriller. Jonathan Moore (Edwards) is a shy UCLA veterinary student and the reigning champion at "Gotcha," a campus-wide paintball game. While on vacation in West Germany, he's seduced by an older woman, the sexy and mysterious Sasha (Fiorentino) who turns out to be an international spy. When he returns home to LA, there's a strange canister of film in his backpack and a team of KGB agents on his back. Suddenly he's in the middle of a real life-or-death game of "Gotcha," and every turn brings a brand new and often hilarious twist.

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    19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Bambi does James Bond! May 18, 2005
    By Anton
    It was 1985, songs still had lyrics and the bigger your hair the more popular you were.

    One of the few movies capturing the 80's feeling with a great story line and future actors taking their first bow in movie world.

    Set in the cold war era, it takes the viewer on a rollercoaster ride through Paris and Germany.

    With a balance of adventure, action, comedy and a bit of a love story it becomes an alltime favorite.

    Jonathan Moore(Edwards) plays a naive all American student on a trip to Europe with loosing his virginity as his first priority.

    He gets played by an experienced operative (Fiorentino) in more ways then one and ends up being chased by CIA & KGB for carrying spy information across the border.

    Back on his own turf he controls the game and falls back on his skills as paintball wiz to let the bad guys take the fall.

    Excellent music of the time with Frankie Goes to Hollywood & Nick Kershaw to name a few.
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    21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Good Action Comedy Gets Ya November 18, 2002
    Format:VHS Tape
    Great scenes of Europe pre-U.S.S.R breakup. The Berlin Wall was a formidable thing to see. When our hero gets caught up in a spygame where they shoot bullets instead of paintballs he knows he's in trouble. If you enjoyed movies like "Top Secret", "Little Nikita", and "Sneakers" you should enjoy this movie. It is a mix of action and comedy. It moves at a good pace. Good cast, sets, and music.
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    12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great Fun January 4, 2007
    This movie brings me back to the old days. I remembered it being great fun to watch, and it still is. If ever I feel like watching an intertaining movie, I can never go wrong with this one. People might feel different, but if you liked the 80's and it's humor, you will like this.
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    11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent movie! October 3, 2005
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    I love this movie since my preteen years. After watching it again and again, it makes me think of Bourne Identity and Mission Impossible, just it has that eighties movies/music cheesiness I love! It has a great plot and the acting is decent. Nice to see the ER doc with hair, too.
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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Gotcha July 15, 2010
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    Gotcha, starring Anthony Edwards and Linda Fiorentino, is an overlooked classic.
    It captures the feeling of a time (1980s, with a whiff of 1970s) and places (LA, UCLA, Paris, and East/West Berlin
    with the wall still up) just perfectly in a light, and at times comedic, spy thriller romance.
    I don't know if that is a film category, but it does combine all those elements elegantly
    in a fun story. If you lived in or visited any of these places at that time, you will understand
    that this film hits the mark as an imaginative cultural touchstone of all that. The true test
    passed is that it has staying power and remains enjoyable after many viewings. The
    soundtrack and the film techniques complement the story and move the action along.
    Check it out. You won't be disappointed. by Clif Tinker
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    6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Amusing and intelligent spy tale November 12, 2000
    Format:VHS Tape
    This is a humorous and intelligent spy tale about a naive and vulnerable college student who winds up way over his head in suspense while travelling Europe with his friend. Anthony Edwards plays the unknowing and unwilling pawn in this story, while the gorgeous Linda Fiorentino is the woman who Edwards falls for.
    The plot in the story is the student (Edwards) travels to Europe with a friend and along the way he plays a paintball game called Gotcha. However Edwards finds "Sasha" a beautiful woman on the run from the KGB, and quickly falls for her. From there the story takes many twists and turns and the finale is great. The supporting cast in the movie is excellent and enhances the story as well.
    The movie definitely worth a look!
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Forgotten oldie but goodie October 2, 2010
    By MHack
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    Saw this in the theater when it first came out many many years ago. Bought it to enjoy it again. Got my wife to watch it with me, though it is not exactly a chick flick she enjoyed it. For most it requires suspending your disbelief. You have to remember it was made in a different era before many things changed. A major plot device, paint ball guns are a significant part in the beginning of this movie. Paint ball gun wars were actually happening at one time. But today you even dream of trying this and the cops will swarm around you. This was also at a time before so many campus shootings which has made everyone jumpy over any gun. The cold war was in full swing and Eastern Europe was a dangerous place to go visit. For many they will find this movie a tad too unbelievable. But for those of us old enough to really remember the times it is a simple yet quite enjoyable flick.

    The plot is simple enough. Slightly odd geeky rich college boy involved in a paint ball gun war and desperately seeking to get laid goes on a spring break trip with his college roommate (a womanizing East LA gang member) to Europe. While his roommate is off getting women to swoon over him, he ends up looking like a dorky tourist as he sits in a coffee shop. An slightly older woman picks him up and so he finally gets laid. Then she gets him to go to with her to Eastern Germany. Being a dork and desperate for sex he does not realize that she is a spy and the danger he is placed in by her. She uses him to transport some film out of Eastern Germany. He ends up being chased around Europe by some East block spy thugs. He manages to get on a plane back home where he finds that several groups of spy characters are after something he has. Takes him a bit to realize that he has a roll of film that is not his.
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