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Flashback

4.7 out of 5 stars 161 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
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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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Product Details

  • 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:
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    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 (161 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006F7IL
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,841 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Flashback" on IMDb

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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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I had a great time with this film. Primary actors Kiefer Sutherland and essential Dennis Hopper play well with each other, The supporting cast is stellar too.

Theme: a captured old hippie wanted for some 60's mischief is being transported to prison via train by a young stilted FBI agent. Through a series of comedic errors and experiences, like the Odyssey, they eventually come to favorable terms.

Well filmed and directed, I had the feeling the actors themselves enjoyed making this movie.
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I liked it okay. I had thought it was a drama, but it turned out to be more of a comedy, which I usually stay away from. In my view, people who are trying to be funny aren't, usually. But this turned out to be a comedy with some depth and good acting by Dennis Hopper and Kiefer Sutherland. Nostalgia and some good humor.
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This is an old Kieffer movie but it's a good one. Dennis Hopper sort of overplays the old crazy hippy radical on the run thing.
Kieffer is great as a too tightly wound FBI agent, assigned to transport Hopper to jail for a crime committed 20 years earlier...Hopper tried to blow up Spiro Agnew's train. Very amusing.
It's a movie I've always remembered and enjoyed because it conjures up the sweetness of the 60's. Every old flower child should own this movie. It will leave you longing for the old days.
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Strange how sometimes a lower budget film is so good that there isn't explaining why. And that's what "Flashback" does. Everything comes together perfectly. Dennis Hopper was the centerpiece, almost a throwback to "Easy Rider" (which he actually mentions), but all the characters are strong. "Flashback" is humorous, it's a clash of the 60's vs. the 80's, the Hippies vs. the Yuppies, filled with classic quotes, has a top notch soundtrack, and best of all, it tells a story that means something. It makes you think. And when entertainment makes you think, it more than succeeds.
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I was browsing pages of movies to watch on my prime account when this one caught my eye. Mostly good reviews too, so I had to check it out. Who would have thought that transferring a prisoner would turn out like this! Entertaining flashback with a great ending too.
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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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keiffer and dennis together again......magic, I'm sorry kieffer could not make it to "appocalypse now," cause dennis was real good there, too......

would have liked it better if his dad had not done "Citizen X" and jane fonda.........
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