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Hot Dog... The Movie!
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Peter Markle
Produced by Edward S. Feldman
Mike Marvin
Written by Mike Marvin
Music by Peter Bernstein
Mark Goldenberg
John Stewart
Cinematography Paul Ryan
Edited by John Stewart
The Hotdog Partnership
United Artists
Distributed by MGM/UA Entertainment Co.
Release dates
  • January 13, 1984 (1984-01-13)
Running time
96 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $16.2 million
Box office $17.7 million

Hot Dog…The Movie is a comedy ski film released in January 1984. The film went on to gross over $17 million and became one of the iconic comedies of the 1980s.


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 a terrific 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


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."[1]


  1. ^ "Hot Dog... The Movie -- Skiers Competing and Playing," Janet Maslin, New York Times January 14, 1986.

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Calgary Herald

Calgary Herald
Wed, 25 Nov 2015 15:15:00 -0800

To borrow the joke coined to explain the title of Hot Dog—The Movie, Alvin and the Chipmunks—The Musical includes that subtitle to avoid confusion with Alvin and the Chipmunks—the Shakespearean Tragedy. But, seriously, folks, the musical ...

SF Weekly (blog)

SF Weekly (blog)
Wed, 11 Nov 2015 16:56:15 -0800

The Movie and Hot Dog...The Movie, and you'll find yourself transported back to USA Up All Night again. The main character, David, is expertly played by Craig Roberts. In true '80s hero fashion, he is not particularly handsome (Better Off Dead ...

Pacific Northwest Inlander (blog)

Pacific Northwest Inlander (blog)
Sun, 08 Nov 2015 15:14:39 -0800

FOOD & DRINK | We all want to enjoy a real winter this year, right? Do your part by attending the Pray for Snow Party at Perry Street Brewing, featuring ski flicks, raffles and costume contests. First person to cite Hot Dog: The Movie wins! (That is ...

Film School Rejects (blog)

Film School Rejects (blog)
Tue, 07 Apr 2015 07:14:33 -0700

Mike Marvin has been talking about doing a sequel or remake of Hot Dog… The Movie for years. The filmmaker wrote the 1984 original, which took in a decent $20m at the box office and went on to be a popular sex comedy cult classic over the subsequent ...


Thu, 23 Jul 2015 06:47:05 -0700

Yes it's National Hot Dog Day and we all know they are pretty dirty snacks. Not just because of their phallic shape but also because of the damn right mess you make when you get an extremely juicy one oozing with mustard, ketchup and so much more.


Wed, 10 Jun 2015 08:41:07 -0700

And you won't need to go to Hong Kong for that one, either; it appears this meddling in the primal forces of nature innovation is coming to the United States. It should make the perfect late night snack while you're watching Hot Dog ... The Movie ...
Cinema Blend
Mon, 27 Nov 2006 16:00:00 -0800

There's no way this one actually gets made. If a Revenge of the Nerds sequel can't make it out of the gate, then what hope is there for Hot Dog... The Movie. I got a little queasy just typing that. Yes dear readers, the incredibly active guys over at ...

Hollywood Reporter

Chicago Tribune
Tue, 12 May 2015 10:35:38 -0700

Screenwriter Cannon is more interested in putting Beca in verbal smackdowns with the Bellas' hostile German rivals, members of a group called Das Sound Machine. I haven't seen such poor Teutonic stereotyping since the evil skier in "Hot Dog…the Movie.".

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