Hot Dog…The Movie

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Hot Dog... The Movie!
Theatrical release poster by Phil Roberts[1]
Directed byPeter Markle
Produced byEdward S. Feldman
Mike Marvin
Written byMike Marvin
Music byPeter Bernstein
Mark Goldenberg
John Stewart
CinematographyPaul Ryan
Edited byJohn Stewart
The Hotdog Partnership
United Artists
Distributed byMGM/UA Entertainment Co.
Release date
  • January 13, 1984 (1984-01-13)
Running time
96 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$4 million[2]
Box office$17.7 million[3] or $22 million[2]

Hot Dog…The Movie is a teen sex comedy ski film released in January 1984. The film went on to gross over $17 million.


The film stars Patrick Houser as Harkin Banks, a young and ambitious freestyle skier from Idaho who is determined to prove himself in a freestyle skiing competition at Squaw Valley. Along the way he teams with a pack of fun-loving incorrigibles who called themselves the "Rat Pack" (whose leader, Dan O'Callahan is played by David Naughton), picks up an Austrian nemesis named Rudi (John Patrick Reger), and enters a love triangle with a pair of blondes, a young woman named Sunny (Tracy N. Smith) and the more mature Sylvia Fonda (played by 1982 Playboy Playmate of the Year Shannon Tweed in just her second major film role). The movie ends with an extended race scene, all of the characters take part in a 'Chinese Downhill' to determine the real champion of the competition.


  • David Naughton as Dan O'Callahan
  • Patrick Houser as Harkin Banks
  • Tracy Smith as Sunny
  • John Patrick Reger as Rudolph "Rudi" Garmisch
  • Frank Koppala as Squirrel Murphy
  • James Saito as Kendo Yamamoto
  • Shannon Tweed as Sylvia Fonda
  • George Theobald as Slasher
  • Mark Vance as Heinz Hartman
  • Eric Watson as Fergy
  • Lynn Wieland as Michelle
  • Sandy Hackett as T-shirt contestant M.C.
  • Crystal Smith as Motel Clerk
  • Peter Vogt as Fader Black
  • Robert Fuhrmann as Rick Lauter
  • David Chilton as The Corrupt Ski Judge


Janet Maslin, writing in the New York Times, gave a generally positive review, describing the film as "light and less moronic than it might have been."[4]


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  2. ^ a b WE'RE TALKING GROSS, TACKY AND DUMB Brown, Peter H. Los Angeles Times 20 Jan 1985: 6.
  3. ^ Hot Dog…The Movie at Box Office Mojo
  4. ^ "Hot Dog... The Movie -- Skiers Competing and Playing," Janet Maslin, New York Times January 14, 1986.

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