If you don’t think the world was a better place in 1980’s, let me tell you that it had both Hamburger: the Motion Picture and Hot Dog…The Movie come out. Perhaps these two cultural forces don’t matter to you. Well, then you’re part of the problem.
Between this and Youngblood, director Peter Markle pretty much laid claim to many an HBO time slot.
Patrick Houser is Harkin Banks, who has saved up all year to travel from Idaho to Squaw Valley to compete in the world freestyle skiing competition. Along the way, he picks up a teen runaway named Sunny (Tracy Smith, Bachelor Party) and joins the Rat Pack, a gang of goofball skiers led by Dan O’Callahan (David Naughton, An American Werewolf In London) and is tempted by Sylvia Fonda (1982 Playboy Playmate of the Year Shannon Tweed).
Of course, there’s the foreign menace, led by the Austrian superstar Rudi. By the end, everyone must battle in a Chinese Downhill to see who the best in the world really is.
Keep an eye out for Playboy Playmate of the Month for September 1971 Crystal Smith as the hotel clerk and Buddy Hackett’s son Sandy as a wet t-shirt contest host.
James Saito, who is Kendo and was the original Shredder in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, fooled the entire cast and crew for three weeks, convincing them that he could speak Japanese. The world was very different — and perhaps way more racist — in 1984. Otherwise, it was much better than 2020.
You can get the unrated producer’s cut of this movie on blu ray directly from Synapse.