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"Backtrack" (1989)

Backtrack (1989) never had a us release, and never had a theatrical release under that name. There was a 98 minute European release called Catchfire which producer/director/star Dennis Hopper disowned, and was credited to Alan Smithee. Critics have it at 2 1/2 stars, and blame Hopper's direction for most of the problems. I didn't find that to be the case. I agree at 2 1/2 stars - watchable but not exceptional, but think the problem was Foster's performance in the female lead. I adored her in Silence of the Lambs, but didn't think she ever developed the character in her own mind in this film, and was Jodie looking good and reciting lines. While the plot was not hard to follow, Jodie's motivation for her character's actions and changes was never conveyed. I adored Hopper's performance, and those of most of the supporting cast.

Jodie plays Anne Benton, a conceptual artist (scrolling signs) nearing fame and popularity who witnesses a mob killing. After bungling a first attempt on her life, the mob hires the king of the hit men, Milo (Hopper). Anne is offered police protection, but is unimpressed when she notices that one of the two who tried to kill her is a cop. She takes it on the lamb, and Hopper, by learning everything he can about her, monitoring her friends mail, checking on birth certificate re-issues, etc promises to find and wack her. His first break comes when he recognizes one of her sign slogans in a magazine ad for lipstick. A team of thousands try to get her, but she eludes them.

Next time Milo finds her, it is in a small New Mexico town. Not only doesn't he kill her, but he kills another hit man who came along for the glory against Milo's wishes. Milo gives Anne a choice, become his property, or die. She chooses life. The entire Mafia, and all of law enforcement is looking for her, but Hopper is to protect her. Eventually, she becomes his willing companion.

My problems with the Anne character:

1) Her boyfriend is killed in the first failed attempt on her life (however he is very visibly breathing in a fairly long scene after being shot dozens of times) and she doesn't seem to mind much. Why doesn't this bother her?

2) She shows near contempt for the gallery owner who is giving her her big break. Why? Later in the film, she has a fight with Milo, saying that she has to be around art and culture. Why then doesn't she care about her big opening?

3) What made a person who seems to have nothing but scorn for other people decide to trust and love her kidnapper?

I suppose these problems could have been corrected with writing and direction, but they all involve Anne's motivation as a character. The good news is exposure. The most famous scene of the film from a nudity standpoint is a shower scene. Hopper should give lessons in selecting shower doors for nude shower scenes, because, while they distort enough to show a shower scene, they don't really hide much. (NOTE TO DIRECTORS: Borrow Hopper's shower doors, or have 5 14 year-old-boys watch the actress through the doors and watch for a strong and immediate reaction in the groin.) Then Anne opens the shower door and we get an unrestricted view of her breasts. She also shows breasts and buns in a long shot that is very dark. Additionally, she pokes through lingerie in several scenes, and, even in the opening scene, shows panties when her skirt blows up on the side of the freeway.

This is an ok genre picture that could have been even better, but the exposure somewhat makes up for the problems, so I will give it a C+.

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    Complete departure for me today. Four episodes of "Red Shoe Diaries"

    • Sonia Ryzy-Ryski in "Jump" (1, 2, 3)

    • Athena Massey in "Slow Train". Unlike most episodes of Red Shoe Diaries, a few frames here involved no gauze, no Vaseline on the lens, and were actually in focus. Of course, two of the three are too dark to see much, but, what the hey ... (1, 2, 3)

    • Kristi Frank in "Swimming Naked' (1, 2)

    • Jennifer Ciesar in "Hard Labor" (1, 2, 3)

    Encyclopedia Volume G, part 6,  is complete (all women starting with GRE-GRZ)

    Graphic Response
  • Annette O'Toole, topless in a love scene with super stud, Martin Short. Vidcaps from "Cross My Heart" (1987).

    Be sure to pay Graphic Response a visit at his website.

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    In honor of Cinco de Mayo, this week's theme...lovely Latinas!

    Florinda Bolkan The Brazilian actress showing a brief nip slip from the Italian movie, "Indagine su un cittadino al di sopra di ogni sospetto" (1970).

    Barbara Carrera Partial breast and some nice leg exposure from 1985's "Wild Geese II".

    Alex Meneses There is some breast exposure in these scenes from "Kissing Miranda" (1995), but it is very dark. If you need more, we have a few nice pics of her in the Encyclopedia.

    JoBeth Williams Nip slip and some full dorsal nudity from "Kramer vs. Kramer" (1979).

    Jutta Speidel
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    More from 1979...vidcaps from "Fleisch". #1 has excellent bare bum views, #2 has excellent bare breast views.

    Comments by Spaz

    Jeannie Elias Jeannie starred in a few bad movies in the early 1980s and then started doing voiceover work for obscure cartoons. She is currently in the Oblongs on Warner Bros.

    In the movie "The Pit", she plays a babysitter to a perverted boy who, when he is not being a peeping tom, is feeding people to some monsters in a pit (hence the name).

    The caps show some nipple sticking out of shirt, see-thru night shirt exposure, and some shower exposure.

    Nicole Nieth This is a supplement to Tuna's previous work. "Chained Heat 3" was cut on both sides of the Atlantic. On our side they butchered the love scene with Nicole Nieth showing some breast exposure. The scene is 2 minutes long but was trimmed down to 1 minute to avoid an NC-17 rating. This collage features stills from the lost 60 seconds. The quality of the pictures is not that great because I used a tape dubbed from PAL to NTSC.

    Leah Pinsent
    (1, 2)

    Leah is the daughter of actor Gordon Pinsent so she's part of Canadian entertainment royalty. And as with Kate Vernon (daughter of John "Dean Wormer" Vernon), this did not stop her from doing some nude scenes.

    Link #1 from "Brutal Glory", link #2 from "Emerald Tear"

    Justine Priestley Justine is the sister of Jason Priestley of "90210" fame. "Chained Heat 2001" is the UK video title of "Rage of the Innocents" which has not been released in the US. It's billed as a sequel to "Chained Heat 3" but from some of the comments I've seen, it's apparently just a remake. As with the Chained Heat 3 deleted scene, this is from a PAL-NTSC dub so the quality of the captures is not the best, but Justine does show her breasts as well as her rear.

    Justine Priestley For Fun House members who can't see Justine in "Chained Heat 2001" they can see her plump posterior in "A Crack in the Floor" which was recently released, and is available at Amazon on VHS and DVD.

    Kate Rodger

    Lisha Snelgrove

    Here are two more 'caps from the "Chained Heat" series released on UK video not the USA. Again, because I'm using bootleg PAL-NTSC tapes the quality is the greatest.

    Kate goes topless, and Lisha shows bare boobs and bum.

    Blackshine's Fashion Scans, Part 9

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  • Various Models (1, 2)
  • Audrey Tchekova (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)
  • Haylynn Cohen (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)

  • The Funnies
  • Gas prices are going up again!

    A little something for per owners from Number 6...

    How to give a Cat a Pill

    1. Pick up cat and cradle it in the crook of your left arm as if holding a baby. Position right forefinger and thumb on either side of it's mouth and gently apply pressure to cheeks while holding pill in right hand. As cat opens mouth, pop pill into mouth. Allow cat to close mouth and swallow.

    2. Retrieve pill from floor and cat from behind sofa. Cradle cat in left arm and repeat process.

    3. Retrieve cat from bedroom, and throw soggy pill away.

    4. Take new pill from foil wrap, cradle cat in left arm holding rear paws tightly with left hand. Force jaws open and push pill to back of mouth with right forefinger. Hold mouth shut for a count of ten.

    5. Retrieve pill from goldfish bowl and cat from top of wardrobe. Call partner/friend from garden.

    6. Kneel on floor with cat wedged firmly between knees, hold front and rear paws. Ignore low growls emitted by cat. Get spouse to hold head firmly with one hand while forcing wooden ruler into mouth. Drop pill down ruler and rub cat's throat vigorously.

    7. Retrieve cat from curtain rail, get another pill from foil wrap. Make note to buy new ruler and repair curtains. Carefully sweep shattered figurines and vases from hearth and set to one side for gluing later.

    8. Wrap cat in large towel and get spouse to lie on cat with head just visible from below armpit. Put pill in end of drinking straw, force mouth open with pencil and blow down drinking straw.

    9. Check label to make sure pill not harmful to humans, drink one beer to take taste away. Apply Band Aid to spouse's forearm and remove blood from carpet with cold water and soap.

    10. Retrieve cat from neighbor's shed. Get another pill. Open another beer. Place cat in cupboard and close door onto neck to leave head showing. Force mouth open with dessert spoon. Flick pill down throat with elastic band.

    11. Fetch screwdriver from garage and put cupboard door back on hinges. Drink beer. Fetch bottle of scotch. Pour shot, drink. Apply cold compress to cheek and check records for date of last tetanus shot. Apply whisky compress to cheek to disinfect. Toss back another shot. Throw T shirt away and fetch new one from bedroom.

    12. Ring fire brigade to retrieve the fucking cat from tree across the road. Apologize to neighbor who crashed into fence while swerving to avoid cat. Take last pill from foil wrap.

    13. Tie the little bastard's front paws to rear paws with garden twine and bind tightly to leg of dining table, find heavy duty pruning gloves from shed. Push pill into mouth followed by large piece of fillet steak. Be rough about it. Hold head vertically and pour 2 pints of water down throat to wash it down.

    14. Consume remainder of scotch. Get spouse to drive you to the emergency room, sit quietly while doctor stitches fingers and forearm and removes pill fragments from right eye. Call furniture shop on way home to order new table.

    How to give a Dog a Pill

    1. Wrap it in bacon.

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