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|Directed by||Greg Beeman|
|Produced by||Charles B. Wessler
|Written by||John Jordan
|Music by||Bill Conti|
|Cinematography||Theo van de Sande|
|Editing by||Ross Albert|
|Distributed by||20th Century Fox|
|Running time||90 min.|
Max Grabelski (Daniel Stern) is involved with delivering packages to a millionaire named Reinhart Bragden (Anthony Heald) for a $50 tip for each one. He shows up one night, delivering one at 10 PM instead of 10 AM (which the company he works for, Freedom Express, guarantees as the delivery time for all packages). Inside he finds a fire and Agent Palmer (Jon Polito) tries to arrest him for starting it and killing Bragden, but he grabs a gun and escapes.
On the news, Palmer falsely names Grabelski as the suspect in Bragden's murder. He also claims that he was trying to take money that was scheduled to be taken out of circulation (which was being delivered to Bragden to be taken care of).
Grabelski then finds out from his boss that another package for Bragden is to be delivered to a place called Devil's Peak. He drives up there while, at the same time, Ranger Scout Troop 12 is planning an overnighter near there. He steals a car, drives to a gas station, and meets Scout Leader Jack Erickson (Brad Sullivan), who was going to meet them there and whose Hummer he then steals at gunpoint when the gas station attendant figures out he is the wanted man. He switches places with Erickson, (who he calls "Sergeant Doofus" for putting an obscene sticker on his car window), gluing his hands and chin to the steering wheel, and takes his stolen station wagon.
Grabelski heads to Devil's Peak but an officer informs him he is "late" for the troop. He is mistaken for the Scout Leader and finds himself in the midst of an overnighter. FBI agents then swarm the base of Devil's Peak and Palmer and Erickson go after him and the troop(who are now considered hostages). He begins acting weird around them, who see it as brilliance rather than crazy and they decide to scale the mountain rather than just have an overnighter. He escapes from Palmer and Erickson long enough before the troop realizes he is "Mad Max" Grabelski rather than the Scout Leader originally sent to help them. They send out smoke signals for help, which Palmer and Erickson see.
Palmer, however, shows up alone and then the troop realizes Grabelski is innocent when Bragden arrives alive and explains the situation to him. Bragden and Palmer are in on the scheme and try to frame him because "no one gives a damn about him". They will then get away with the money once and for all. It is then revealed Palmer tied Erickson to a tree nearby. When attempting to kill Grabelski and then the troop, they fail and Grabelski and the troop end up getting away after surviving a near-death experience on a waterfall. They throw their bags in the river to make them think they are dead. They believe it and leave.
The gang then heads towards Devil's Peak while the Troop Leader, Mrs. Patterson (Ann Dowd), discovers a note left by Grabelski that has an address written on it (where he was headed) and she drives up there only to be tied up by Bragden. The troop makes it to the top and Erickson shows up just before Palmer can kill Grabelski and glues him to a tree. Grabelski foils Bragden's scheme and the troop receives Eagle Scout honors. He is proven innocent and receives Scout Leader honors.
- Daniel Stern as Max Grabelski
- Jon Polito as Agent Palmer
- Brad Sullivan as Jack Erickson
- Ann Dowd as Mrs. Patterson
- Anthony Heald as Reinhart Bragdon
- Tom Wood as Agent McMurrey
- Blake Bashoff as Gordy
- Corey Carrier as Ralph
- Michael Galeota as Dana
- Michael P. Byrne as Mr. Fishman
- Natalie West as Mrs. Fishman
- Max Goldblatt as Barnhill
- Ari Greenberg as Milton Fishman
- Janna Michaels as Kelsey Jordan
- Michael O'Neill as Jon Jordan
The film was critically panned. It currently holds a 0% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 9 reviews.
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