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Product Details

  • Actors: Hoyt Axton, George Barris, Kelly Busia, Bruce Cameron (II), Freddy Canon
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Bci / Eclipse
  • DVD Release Date: February 19, 2002
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005YWK6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #144,543 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Junkman" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Exclusive Original Featurette "The Making Of The Junkman"
  • Intro by Denice Halicki at the Guinness World Records Museum

Editorial Reviews

The Junkman is an action packed block buster rollercoaster ride of a thriller set in the high stakes world of wealth glamour and power it unfolds a deadly assassin's plot to kill Harlan Hollis junkyard owner turned movie mogul and stuntman. As Hollis drives to the James Dean festival he's unaware that killers are tracking his every move. The fast and furious race to avoid their net stay alive and discover who is behind this lethal plan will take Hollis through a fiery battle turning highways and city streets into a blazing junkyard. It's raw filmmaking at its best with the most aerial and car stunts employing such spectacular vehicles as the Goodyear Blimp. It is unstoppable action! You have to see it to believe it - then watch it again. It slams you on a full-throttle rocket ride you'll never forget!System Requirements:Starring: Christopher Stone Susan Shaw and Lang Jeffries. Special appearances by Hoyt Axton George Barris Lynda Day George Freddy Cannon and the Belmonts. Directed By: H.B. Halicki. Running Time: 98 Min. Color. This film is presented in "Widescreen" format. Copyright 2001 Halicki Films LLC.Format: DVD MOVIE Genre: ACTION/ADVENTURE Rating: PG UPC: 741027171693

Customer Reviews

This is honestly a better film than Gone in 60 Seconds.
deathtoast54
Almost all of the car crashes and stunts - including the car jumping over the low flying airplane - are superfluous and add nothing to the great escape attempt.
L. Peters
Horrible acting, and plot, but lots of cool stunts, beautiful corvette(sadly crashed and smashed).
Jose Lopez

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Blahblahblah on July 19, 2004
Format: DVD
To clarify the apparent confusion over this film:
The Junkman is NOT Deadline Auto Theft. Both films have been referred to as Gone in 60 Seconds II, which is the source of some confusion.
Gone in 60 Seconds (the original) is perhaps the best car chase movie ever made. Deadline Auto Theft is nothing more than Gone in 60 Seconds with some of the scenes replaced by an inferior new subplot about a Sheriff out to catch the auto thieves, but his plot goes absolutely nowhere (He is never involved in any of the chases, nor do they resove his storyline. He simply disappears). Many of the original scenes which were replaced have to do with the mechanics of autotheft and character development, thus ruining a great film.
The Junkman is nothing more than a vanity piece. In The Junkman, Halicki (the director of Gone in 60 Seconds, owner of a junkyard, and collector of toys) plays a junkyard owner who collects toys and just finished directing a film coincidentally called "Gone in 60 Seconds". Most of the film consists of him showing off his toy and car collections. What little plot there is consists of one of his investors trying to create publicity for the film by destroying a lot of cars participating in a road race by, e.g., dropping bombs on them from a plane, and by attempting to kill Halicki before he can make it to the film's premiere. Unlike Gone in 60 Seconds, the chases are totally unexciting, build no suspense, and do not showcase any skillfull driving (I mean on part of the fictional characters, not the stunt drivers).
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By deathtoast54 on March 9, 2003
Format: DVD
This is honestly a better film than Gone in 60 Seconds. Toby clearly had more time, money, and experience on this picture. Gone has some nice car crashes, but they're stuck in an unwatchably amateurish film you'd be embarassed to make your friends sit through. This film isn't Oscar material, but the plot is about on par with most silly action films of today. There's lots of humor, and plenty of cars flying through the air, crashing and burning in slow motion.
Also worth mentioning is that Amazon's special feature list is incomplete. The dvd also contains interviews with a few people from the production and a commentary with the production manager (Jack Vacek) and the director of photography (Tony Syslo).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Fairportfan on October 5, 2002
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All in all, a better film than Halicki's first, the original "Gone in 60 Seconds".
No-one is ever going to accuse the late H.B.Halicki of being a great writer, director or actor. But he sure could wreck cars. And airplanes. And buildings.
The story in this film is more coherent and comprehensible than "60 Seconds", and the overall production values (sound especially) are higher.
Plotwise, it's a sort of thriller -- junkman H.B.Hollis (Halicki) has made a car-crash film called "Gone in 60 Seconds" and someone wants to kill him before the film opens. So they sic assassins in cars and airplanes on him as he drives cross-country to a James Dean tribute festival.
And we're off to the races.
Despite the violence implicit in the plot, this is, overall, a pretty light-hearted comedy serving mostly as an excuse to xrash even more cars than in the previous film in even more inventive ways. Nicely absurd touches include the row of sunglasses on Hollis's dashboard that never move no matter how violent the maneuver, and the RFD mailboxes he hits partway through the chase.
The level of seriousness with which Halicki and crew approached this film can be seen from the fact that the sign on "Hollis's" junkyard is not changed and still reads "H.B.Halicki Mercantile Emporium and Junk Yard"; the collections of classic cars and of toys contained therein, by the way, are wonderful.
The late Hoyt Axton plays himself, and has a wonderful time doing so, by all indications.
Particularly noteworthy are the stunts involving aerobatic planes, including one in which a car jumps over an airplane -- but there are some purely automotive eye-poppers, too. (Nothing to match "The Jump" from "60 Seconds" for pure "How did anyone have the guts to do THAT?
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By rob1tnt on May 27, 2003
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With a Titile like that how can you go wrong this was the second film for legandary director,producer,actor and true car guy H.B Toby Haliki his most famous film being the cult classic Gone in 60 Seconds this film while the crashes are incredible and the acting is notisably better I found it lacked something the story was a little had to follow and it laged a little at times but for anybody into cars,action and an all around classic GET THIS MOVIE!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jill on February 21, 2002
Format: DVD
No matter how good the special features might be, there is no way they could make this a good movie.. Maybe DVD will help, you can skip to the more spectacular crashes and segments, but overall this movie is a poorly acted, poorly directed, excuse to wreck cars.. normally I wouldn't complain.. I love car wrecks, and the original Gone in 60 seconds was a GREAT car wreck movie with a cheezy story.. But unfortunately this one just doesn't work, give it a rent, laugh at the some of the more incredible stunts, but don't waste your money, because its just not worth it
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Robin Benson on August 20, 2006
Format: DVD
One star (hey, I'm being generous) for acting, direction, cinematography, editing, art direction, sound recording, writing, costumes, makeup and all those other creative areas that contribute to the magic of the movies. You'll be hard put to find a single redeeming feature in this nonsense. Halicki's other car caper special, 'Gone in 60 Seconds', was pretty dreadful in all the above departments but at least it had a cool forty minute car chase, which, thanks to film editor Warner Leighton, turned out rather well but even he could not do much with 'The Junkman'.

There is plenty of chase action but most of it takes place in the safety of the Californian countryside and so loses the visual impact of a city chase with plenty of other vehicles and obstructions. Cars at speed on rural routes just look feeble.

If you want chases stick to 60 Seconds and forget 'The Junkman'. BTW, it was originally titled 'Gone in 60 Seconds 2.
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