Flashback (1990 film)

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Flashback poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Franco Amurri
Produced by Marvin Worth
Written by David Loughery
Starring Dennis Hopper
Kiefer Sutherland
Music by Barry Goldberg
Cinematography Stefan Czapsky
Edited by Carroll Timothy O'Meara
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release dates
February 2, 1990
(United States)
Running time
107 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $6,488,144
(United States)

Flashback is a 1990 action comedy film starring Dennis Hopper, Kiefer Sutherland and Carol Kane, written by David Loughery and directed by Franco Amurri. The film received an R rating by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA).


Huey Walker, a hippie and a former New Left radical (in the vein of Abbie Hoffman[1]) who has been on the run from the law for 20 years for something he did not do, disconnecting Spiro Agnew's train car in Spokane, Washington. John Buckner is an FBI agent who is set to transport Walker back to Spokane for trial.

Their journey forces them to cross paths with a corrupt Sheriff Hightower and the two end up fleeing for their lives. As the story progresses, it is revealed that Buckner was raised on a communal farm and that his given name is Free. As Buckner learns to reconcile his past with his present, Walker does as well.



The film received mixed reviews.[2][3][4][5]

Box office[edit]

The film debuted at number 5.[6]


The film produced a fairly popular soundtrack made up of a mix of 1960s and 1980s alternative music. The highlight is the theme song "Free" by the band Big Audio Dynamite, which is only available on this soundtrack; it was never included in any Big Audio Dynamite album, although the single edit appears on their compilation Planet B.A.D. . A remake of the song, titled "Kickin' In", was later recorded by Big Audio Dynamite II and included on the Kool-Aid album. Bob Dylan's version of Curtis Mayfield's "People Get Ready" is also only available on this soundtrack, as it hasn't yet been released on any Dylan album or any of his many box sets or Bootleg Series releases, although a different version that Dylan recorded in 1975 is available on iTunes as a bonus track on Bob Dylan: The Collection.

Track Listing

  1. "Free" – Big Audio Dynamite
  2. "Fatal Attraction (And It's So Strange...)" – The Ultraviolets
  3. "Next Time (I'll Dream of You)" – Flesh for Lulu
  4. "Walk on the Wild Side" – Edie Brickell & New Bohemians
  5. "It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)" – R.E.M.
  6. "People Get Ready" – Bob Dylan
  7. "On the Road Again" – Canned Heat
  8. "Born to Be Wild" – Steppenwolf
  9. "Comin' Back to Me" – Jefferson Airplane
  10. "All Along the Watchtower" – Jimi Hendrix


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