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Collision Course: 20 Movies [4 Discs] [DVD]

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Das Amulett des Todes
When a ruthless crook kidnaps two young victims, he is out for more than he bargained. ~ John Bush, Rovi

A Killing Affair
When reviled labor boss Pink Gresham (Bill Smitrovich) is found murdered, his wife Maggie (Kathy Baker) is visited by Baston Morris (Peter Weller). Morris claims to have killed Pink before leaving his lifeless corpse symbolically in an outhouse. Instead of leaving, Morris moves in on the backwoods widow, and the two begin a psychological game of nerves. As in the works of William Faulkner and Tennessee Williams, both Maggie and Morris are plagued by their past experiences and hold closely guarded personal secrets. This is David Saperstein's directorial debut. ~ Dan Pavlides, Rovi

Blitz
In a complex story of automotive intrigue, oil barons, corporate finance, and international villainy, the inventor of an environmentally friendly car powered by energy cells becomes the target of killers. After Ralph Korda (Jurgen Prochnow) has given his patented worldcar to a German automaker for testing, he is confronted by ominous men, eager to get their hands on his patent. Evil Arab petroleum lords also want to stop this threat to the gasoline market any way they can. Unable to disentangle himself from the women who keep him distracted, Korda is slow to realize that even his closest associates may be trying to send him six feet under. ~ Eleanor Mannikka, Rovi

The Choppers
A young speed demon drives himself down the road to ruin in this crime drama. The trouble starts because the teen is so desperate to get a special set of hub caps for his dragster that he steals them off another car. It was easy and a car theft ring is born when he enlists the aid of pals to help him. They call themselves the Choppers and soon get into hot water with a determined insurance investigator. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi

Hot Rod Girl
American-International's Hot Rod Girl is a whole lot less exploitaitonal than its title. Chuck Connors stars as Ben, a policeman who hopes to stem an outbreak of juvenile delinquency. Overcoming great obstacles--most of them created by prejudiced adults--Ben hopes to build a drag strip, where hot-rodding teenagers will be allowed to race their motors in safety. The title character, Ben's pretty sister Lisa, is played by Lori Nelson. Among the hot-rodders in Hot Rod Girls is a young Frank Gorshin (here billed as Frank J. Gorshin), who ten years later would reteam with director Leslie H. Martinson on the set of the theatrical-feature version of TV's Batman. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

The Blonde Comet
PRC Pictures' final 1941 release was the auto-racing melodrama Blonde Comet. Virginia Vale stars as female race-car champion Betty Blake, the toast of the European racing circuit. Upon arriving in America, Betty finds she has a staunch rival in the form of devilishly handsome Jim Flynn (Robert Kent). The plot hinges on Jim's attempts to design a powerful new carburator, the efforts of the villain to scuttle this invention, and Jim and Betty's inevitable romance. Veteran racer Barney Oldfield appears as himself, delivering a appealingly amateurish performance. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Bail Out
David Hasselhoff plays one of three bounty hunters in search of a much-wanted criminal. The reward is astronomical, so it's understandable that the cops want Hasselhoff and company to make themselves scarce. No matter what the law throws in their path, however, the three heroes will not be deterred. Bail Out costars Linda Blair and John Vernon. Though filmed in 1988, Bail Out wasn't released until 1990, upon Hasselhoff's success on television's Baywatch. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cross Mission
This actioner offers a little bit of everything, ranging from voodoo to karate, as it follows the attempts of a mercenary and a lovely female photographer who team up to take on a murderous druglord/slaver who runs his own little country in the middle of the South American jungle. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi

Double Nickels
In this car-chase filled actioner, two highway patrolmen moonlight as auto-repossessors only to discover that they have been duped into stealing cars. High-speed mayhem ensues. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi

The Fast and the Furious
Frank Webster (John Ireland) is a man on the run. Newly broken out of prison, the former truck driver and convicted murderer takes Connie Adair (Dorothy Malone) hostage at a lonely roadside diner and commandeers her car, a racing job than she intended to drive in a rally. At first Connie is as frightened as any woman should be in such a situation, but she soon sees that Frank is more than a wanted criminal -- he's an innocent man trying to redeem his life, and forced by circumstance to commit acts of violence. Soon the two are on the run together, lovers and fugitives using the cover of the road rally as a dodge so he can get to the border and freedom. Connie tries to convince Frank to take a stand, get the evidence out that framed him, and redeem his honor, as the authorities close in on the fast-driving pair. The second movie ever produced by Roger Corman, The Fast and the Furious marked the first release of Samuel Z. Arkoff and James H. Nicholson and the beginning of their American Releasing Corporation, soon to be renamed American International Pictures. ~ Bruce Eder, Rovi

Beyond Justice
In Beyond Justice-- an Italian-made action film directed by Tessari Duccio with an unusually fine cast -- Christine Sanders (Carol Alt), American millionairess and mother of the grandson of a fanatic Emir (Omar Sharif), hires mercenary Tom Burton (Rutger Hauer) to return her son after the Emir has him kidnapped. Against the advice of her lawyer (Elliott Gould) and her friend Sal (Brett Halsey), Christine accompanies Tom and endures a series of hardships such as a surprise attack and a sandstorm. This rather old fashioned, slow film is entirely predictable and tedious. Nothing can keep the audience interested despite the beautiful color photography of the desert or the excellent musical score by Ennio Morricone. ~ Linda Rasmussen, Rovi

Night of the Sharks
This convoluted actioner is set in beautiful Cancun, Mexico and centers upon a voracious gigantic one-eyed shark, stolen diamonds, a sunken ship, a murdered brother and corporate villains. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi

The Cape Town Affair
After a purse is stolen on a South African bus, this tale is set in motion--involving secret information and communist espionage. ~ Kristie Hassen, Rovi

Polk County Pot Plane
Director James I. West, Jr. takes the helm for this high-adventure escape film detailing the attempt by two convicted drug smugglers to escape from a southern prison. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Born to Be Wild
Absolutely no relation to the 1960s rock-n-roll tune of the same name, Born to be Wild is a fast-paced Republic programmer boasting some fairly impressive credits. Ralph Byrd, better known as moviedom's Dick Tracy, plays truck driver Steve Weston, while Ward Bond, usually seen as a bad guy in the late 1930s, costars as Weston's friend and partner Bill Purvis. Accustomed to taking on dangerous assignments, Steve and Bill don't even bat an eyelash when they're hired to haul a load of dynamite over a patch of treacherous terrain. Will they be able to deliver their cargo to a dam-demolition site without getting demolished themselves? Nightclub and radio songstress Doris Weston is cast as Steve's sweetheart Mary Stevens, who in an amusing scene literally "ties the knot" with her boyfriend. Coscripted by novelist Nathaniel West (of Day of the Locust and Miss Lonelyhearts fame), Born to be Wild has often been cited as a principal inspiration for Clouzot's 1953 classic The Wages of Fear. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

SEAL Team VI
Mere days before Operation: Desert Shield, a black ops counterterrorism squad is dispatched behind enemy lines on a treacherous covert mission. When that mission is compromised, the seal team must maintain their focus and fight for their lives if they ever hope to return home to their families. Inspired by a true story. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Special Ops
The leader of a Black Ops unit must race to recover a stolen nuclear device and prove his innocence after his team is ambushed during a dangerous rescue mission, and his government accuses them of aiding terrorists. Betrayed by his government and pursued by terrorists, Captain Kyle Fierson (A.J. Draven) vows never to rest until the truth gets out. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

The Big Wheel
In The Big Wheel, Mickey Rooney plays Billy Coy, a garage mechanic who matriculates into a champion race-car driver. On the way to the top, he steps on friends and foes alike. He even manages to briefly alienate his saintly mother (Spring Byington). The cocky Coy eventually kills another racer when he forgets that gas and alcohol don't mix. It takes some doing, but Billy finally redeems himself. The climax blends stock footage of the Indianapolis 500 with newly-lensed racing sequences. The Big Wheel lapsed into public domain in 1976. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

CIA: Exiled
CSI star William Peterson headlines this adaptation of James David Buchanan's novel The Price of Malta concerning an ex-CIA agent who is exiled to the island of Curcao after pulling the trigger on a traitorous colleague. Upon arriving at the remote island paradise, former agent Stephen Guerin (Peterson) strikes up a fast friendship with local bar owner Cornelius Wettering (George C. Scott). A retired ship captain with a shady past, Wettering came to Curcao in order to escape his violent former associates and live out the rest of his days in peace. When terrorists lay siege to a local bank and Wettering masterfully diffuses the situation, however, his headline-making heroics blow his low-profile sky high. As corrupt diplomats and warring crime lords begin knocking in Guerin's door in search of a key piece of evidence they suspect Wettering has been hiding for years, the former U.S. government agent is forced to take up arms in order to protect the one friend who was there for him in his darkest hour. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

The Devil on Wheels
Darryl Hickman, older brother of Dobie Gillis star Duane, toplines this campy juvenile delinquency film directed by Crane Wilbur (The Bat). The plot concerns a group of teenagers who hold illegal drag-races, often leading to death and police involvement. Terry Moore, using the name "Jan Ford," appears as Rusty, who is locked in a morgue overnight. The hip lingo will be hilarious to modern viewers, although Wilbur's typically atmospheric use of light and shadow give the film a hard-boiled edge. ~ Robert Firsching, Rovi

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