Pink Cadillac (film)

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Pink Cadillac
Pink Cadillac (1989 film poster).jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byBuddy Van Horn
Produced byDavid Valdes
Michael Gruskoff
Written byJohn Eskow
Music bySteve Dorff
CinematographyJack N. Green
Edited byJoel Cox
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date
  • May 26, 1989 (1989-05-26)
Running time
122 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$19 million
Box office$12.1 million

Pink Cadillac is a 1989 American action comedy film about a bounty hunter and a group of white supremacists chasing after an innocent woman who tries to outrun everyone in her husband's prized pink Cadillac. The film stars Clint Eastwood and Bernadette Peters and also has small cameo appearances by Jim Carrey and Bryan Adams.


A white supremacist group is chasing Lou Ann (Bernadette Peters), whose no-good husband Roy (Timothy Carhart) is a member. She has inadvertently taken counterfeit money from them by running away with his car (the pink Cadillac), which held the supremacists' stash.

Tommy Nowak (Clint Eastwood) is a "skip-tracer" (bounty hunter) whose speciality is dressing up in disguises, such as a rodeo clown, to fool whomever he is after. Tommy takes on the job of finding Lou Ann because she skipped bail.

When he finally finds her in Reno, Nevada, Tommy slowly becomes enamored. Roy and his gang kidnap her baby, whom Lou Ann has left with her sister (Frances Fisher), so Tommy decides to help Lou Ann get the baby back instead of turning her in. While driving through the West, seeking the baby, romance blossoms. They eventually fight the evil supremacists and retrieve the baby.



Filming began in late 1988, and took place in Utah and Nevada.[1]


The film received generally poor reviews. Caryn James wrote: "When it's time to look back on the strange sweep of Clint Eastwood's career, from his ambitious direction of Bird to his coarse, classic Dirty Harry character, Pink Cadillac will probably settle comfortably near the bottom of the list. It is the laziest sort of action comedy, with lumbering chase scenes, a dull-witted script and the charmless pairing of Mr. Eastwood and Bernadette Peters." (New York Times, May 26, 1989.)

Hal Hinson praised the performers: Peters "...plays her comic scenes with a vivacious abandon..." She "loosens him (Eastwood) up... and humanizes him. These two make a nifty comic team."[2]

Pink Cadillac was released in May 1989, opening against Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. The film eventually grossed $12,143,484. In contrast, the movie Eastwood made just prior to Pink Cadillac, the fifth Dirty Harry movie, The Dead Pool, grossed $37,903,295.[3]

The film currently holds five and a half stars (5.3/10) on IMDb.[4] It has a 21% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.[5]


  1. ^ Hughes, p.129
  2. ^ Hinson, Hal.‘Pink Cadillac’ (PG-13)".Washington Post, May 26, 1989
  3. ^ "Eastwood boxoffice".Box Office Mojo, retrieved March 22, 2010
  4. ^ Pink Cadillac on IMDb
  5. ^ Pink Cadillac at Rotten Tomatoes


  • Hughes, Howard (2009). Aim for the Heart. London: I.B. Tauris. ISBN 978-1-84511-902-7.

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