Collision Course (1989 film)
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The DVD artwork for Collision Course.
|Directed by||Lewis Teague|
Robert W. Cort
Frank Darius Namei|
|Music by||Ira Newborn|
|Cinematography||Donald E. Thorin|
|Distributed by||De Laurentiis Entertainment Group|
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.
- Pat Morita as Fujitsuka Natsuo
- Jay Leno as Tony Costas
- Chris Sarandon as Madras
- Tom Noonan as Scully
- Dennis Holahan as Derrick Jarryd
- Ernie Hudson as Shortcut
- John Hancock as Lt. Ryerson
- Al Waxman as Dingman
- Soon-Tek Oh as Kitao
- Randall "Tex" Cobb as Kosnic
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