Collision Course (1989 film)

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Collision Course
Collision Course 1989 Film Poster.jpg
The DVD artwork for Collision Course.
Directed by Lewis Teague
Produced by Ted Field
Robert W. Cort
Written by Frank Darius Namei
Robert Resnikoff
Starring Jay Leno
Pat Morita
Chris Sarandon
Music by Ira Newborn
Cinematography Donald E. Thorin
Distributed by De Laurentiis Entertainment Group
Release date
  • April 27, 1989 (1989-04-27)
Running time
100 min.
Country United States
Language English

Collision Course is a 1989 action-comedy film starring Jay Leno as a Detroit police officer and Pat Morita as a Japanese officer forced to work together to recover a Japanese turbocharger stolen by a thief played by Chris Sarandon. It was directed by Lewis Teague and unreleased in the U.S. until 1992, when it debuted on home video. (When Morita guest-starred on The Tonight Show in 1989, with Leno serving as guest host, they recalled that the movie had run out of money on the last day of filming, with key scenes yet to be shot and no budget left for editing and post-production.)

The story plays upon the culture clash between Detroit - whose economy is largely built on automobile manufacturing - and Japan - whose trade policies and export of cars were blamed for Detroit job losses in the 1980s.


Much of the principal photography for the film was shot on location in Detroit, Michigan. Numerous local landmarks are shown in various scenes, including the now-defunct Trapper's Alley in the city's Greektown Historic District neighborhood and the Garden Bowl within the Majestic Theatre Centre—the United States' oldest continuously operating bowling alley. Other parts of the movie were filmed in Wilmington, North Carolina.[1]



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