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Deadly Pursuit [VHS] [1988]

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  • Actors: Sidney Poitier, Tom Berenger, Kirstie Alley, Clancy Brown, Richard Masur
  • Directors: Roger Spottiswoode
  • Writers: Daniel Petrie Jr., Harv Zimmel, Michael Burton
  • Producers: Daniel Petrie Jr., Fredda Weiss, Philip Rogers, Ron Silverman
  • Format: PAL
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Cinema Club
  • VHS Release Date: 7 Oct. 2002
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CIO1
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 209,117 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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FBI agent Warren Stantin (Sidney Poitier) is forced to travel through the forests of Canada in pursuit of a cunning homicidal maniac. En route, Stantin reluctantly teams up with tracker Jonathan Knox (Tom Berenger), whose girlfriend (Kirstie Alley) has been taken hostage by the killer. The unlikely pair gradually forge a bond of mutual respect as they battle both to survive in the wilderness and catch up with their prey before it is too late.

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Deadly Pursuit is the polished chase thriller which marked Sidney Poitier's return to the big screen 11 years after A Piece of the Action (1977). Poitier, already 61 but not looking a day over 45, is an FBI agent hunting a killer who takes mountain guide Tom Berenger's girlfriend hostage and heads into the wilds of Washington State. Inevitably Poitier and Berenger reluctantly join forces, going through the usual mismatched buddy arguments with commendably straight faces and lending a quality of acting which elevates the movie above its routine screenplay. The girlfriend meanwhile is Kirstie Alley in one of her first major feature roles, providing little more than eye candy and enduring her ordeal with hardly a beautifully flowing tress out of place.

Director Roger Spottiswoode maintains the suspense well and mounts the action set-pieces with a taut, lean style, though the film lacks the sharp edge of his Under Fire (1983) or the sheer scale of his Bond outing, Tomorrow Never Dies (1997). One major asset is Michael Chapman's gorgeous mountains-and-rivers cinematography, actually filmed in British Columbia. Without the star cast and strong production values Deadly Pursuit could be any of a thousand straight-to-video action flicks, but as it stands is a superior formula adventure. The film was also released with the title Shoot to Kill.

On the DVD: Deadly Pursuit comes to disc with no extras bar numerous subtitle options and a choice of a Spanish dubbed version. The original Dolby SR soundtrack has been given a Dolby Digital 5.1 remix and is effectively atmospheric, clean and clear, if lacking the firepower of a more recent equivalent. The anamorphically enhanced picture is a little soft in places and somewhat grainy, but otherwise good. The film was presented theatrically at 2.35:1 and has been reformated for DVD at 1.78:1. As the movie was shot in Super-35, a format designed to allow widescreen theatrical films to be more easily recomposed for television and video, the result here is visually quite different to the cinema original, with some shots losing information to the sides while others gain additional material at the top and bottom of the frame. Mostly the compositions look fine, as if the film had been shot at 1.85:1, though the mountain landscapes inevitably lack the sheer visual sweep and majesty of the big screen original version.--Gary S Dalkin --This text refers to the DVD edition.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Corey Newcombe on 14 Mar. 2014
Format: DVD
A man is discovered breaking into his own jewellery shop in the dead of night.

Questioned closely, it's learned that his wife is being held hostage by an extortionist who demands the diamonds in the shop's safe.

The extortionist manages to escape FBI agent Warren Stantin, who subsequently chases him into the forests of Northern America.

Stantin recruits the help of a reluctant local Jonathon Knox, who has the skills necessary to track down the criminal.

The only problem is that Stantin has no experience in the wilderness...

From the amazing opening ten minutes, this film is a real oddity, a bona-fide classic movie that has long been forgotten, and is shown on BBC 1 every year at a silly hour.

It's so strange that this film was/has/is overlooked, because it has so many qualities to it.

One moment it's a tense, almost mystical psycho thriller, and then we are thrown into the middle of a party, with the director throwing in as many bad guys as possible from pass movies, to try and fool the audience.

And then after moments of sheer intense, we are treated to some very funny moments of comedy, The Moose scene, the scene with the ear, and Poitiers getting used to the elements.

All very funny, and all specific to the movie.

The two leads put in great performances and never let up the hokey chemistry they have, and while the film does lose a little edge in the final third, it has a great two acts to more than make up for it.

An excellent movie, and one I hope Hollywood doesn't re-boot.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 2 May 2011
Format: DVD
There were a host of film's in the 1980s that were once viewed and quickly forgotten. Yet years down the line, and although still quintessentially 1980s, are rather quite entertaining on revisits. One such film is Shoot To Kill, though pretty much everyone in the Western World knows it as Deadly Pursuit. The story basically sees Sidney Poitier's fish out of water cop Warren Stantin forced to track a wanted killer out in the mountains and forests of Washington. Recruiting a reluctant gruff and grumpy Jonathan Knox (Tom Berenger) as guide, they are on the trail of a hiking tour party led by Jonathan's tough girlfriend Sarah Renell (Kirstie Alley);a hiking party that naturally contains the wanted nut case. Cue squabbling and bickering between the two men as they get into various scrapes with Stantin desperate to prove he is up to the task of this arduous and obsessive mountain pursuit.

Adding interest to proceedings is the mystery element of just who is the bad guy amongst Sarah's party, something that rightly or wrongly is revealed at the mid-point of the piece. With a roll call that contains Clancy Brown, Andy Robinson, Richard Masur and Frederick Coffin, the makers have cheekily lined up actors previously known for bad guy rolls. Once the film reveals its hand it ups in pace and although the ending is never in doubt, the adventurous fun and tidy set pieces steer it safely home to its above average finale. There's a nice touch with Poitier and Berenger that harks to role reversal racism from our Sidney, and the observant will spot during one of his speeches that he is referencing previous roles he has played. Thoroughly well played {as expected} by the cast and nicely shot up in West Vancouver, Deadly Pursuit, as 80s as it is, is a solid and enjoyable time filler. 6.5/10
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By robert stirling TOP 500 REVIEWER on 23 Sept. 2013
Format: DVD
This is a good,old fashioned adventure story about a thief/killer on the run who is hunted down by Poitier's FBI agent and Berenger's uncomprimising tracker.

Although without the terrific special effects of Cliffhanger [DVD] which has a similar plot this is very believable and boasts solid acting from the two main stars.

The bonding of the two men during the chase was well done,with both men taking their turn to experiance the 'fish out of water' syndrone.

Strange that early in his career Poitier made his name playing the roles of charactors singled out for their colour and race: here he lay half-naked with Berenger to prevent hypothermia without the script emphasizing their race differences.

We have moved on since In the Heat of the Night [DVD] [1967],Guess Who's Coming To Dinner? [DVD] and The Defiant Ones [DVD].
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Steven TOP 500 REVIEWER on 24 Aug. 2012
Format: DVD
A curious entry into the buddy genre works especially well as the plot driven tale moves from the city where Sidney Poitier is tracking a particularly nasty robber to the wilderness where the robber joins a trecking party, ultimately taking the guide Kirstie Alley as hostage so he can evade capture and make it to another city. Tom Berenger, Kirstie Alley's love interest, is the tracker assigned to take the cop into the wilderness and the two forge a bond during their deadly pursuit. This cracking movie whips along at a breakneck pace, it has really decent production values, great one liners and loads of action set pieces. Well worth a watch.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By j.r on 5 Aug. 2011
Format: DVD
Deadly pursuit is a very good adventure/thriller film. It's about an FBI agent(Sidney Poitier) pursuing a very dangerous criminal and enlisting the help of an expert outdoor man (Tom Berenger). There's some very good and original scenes as they desperately try to reach the criminal and save his hostage(Kirstie Alley) but unfortunately also the odd cop film cliche(car chase, shoot out). A very good film that doesn't quite reach classic status.
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