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Hot Dog... The Movie!
theatrical poster
Directed by Peter Markle
Produced by Edward S. Feldman
Mike Marvin
Written by Mike Marvin
Starring David Naughton
Patrick Houser
Tracy Smith
Shannon Tweed
Music by Peter Bernstein
Mark Goldenberg
John Stewart
Cinematography Paul Ryan
Edited by John Stewart
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release dates
  • January 13, 1984 (1984-01-13)
Running time
96 min.
Country United States
Language English
Box office $17,700,000

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 "Rad 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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Westword (blog)
Wed, 18 Nov 2009 07:39:44 -0800

Every few years, Hollywood cranks out another fictional skiing movie. While the subgenre's never hatched a bona fide blockbuster, there have been a few good films sandwiched in between the myriad variations of "Animal House on the slopes." (Snowballing ...
First Showing
Sun, 18 May 2014 16:31:53 -0700

In the very minor subgenre of skiing comedies, there are a few classics like Hot Dog The Movie, Hot Tub Time Machine and the zany Ski Patrol, that will likely never be topped. But along comes Force Majeure, a film that is not only as funny if not ...


Fri, 26 Sep 2014 05:44:53 -0700

And while this column generally is horror-centric, I have to give a shout out to one of the coolest teen sex flicks from that period. I can't remember when I fell under the spell of HOT DOG… THE MOVIE (1984) late night on video, but it entertained the ...
Sabotage Times
Sat, 20 Aug 2011 00:11:42 -0700

A film called Hot Dog… The Movie rings a bell (it might be the only ski/stag film). No, I don't think it was the skiing that inspired me to sign up at all, but the more the Hollywood promise that the après ski would follow the plot line of this ...
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 ...

Pacific Northwest Inlander

Pacific Northwest Inlander
Wed, 17 Dec 2014 15:26:15 -0800

His sense of values and his easy-to-get-along-with demeanor struck one of the stars from the iconic '80s ski film Hot Dog... The Movie. Lynne Weiland, who starred as Michelle, aka "Banana Pants," says of Dave, "He's been skiing with us for three days ...
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Mon, 15 Dec 2014 16:11:15 -0800

Victoria was cast for an infamous role in the cult classic skiing movie, Hot Dog: The Movie, of which Yours Truly was an extra (skier) in the Chinese Downhill scene. Boyd Frame's uncle, Fred Frame, was the winner of the 1932 Indianapolis 500, and Boyd, ...

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Wed, 15 Oct 2014 15:41:15 -0700

Did you think you were having a flashback to Hot Dog... The Movie? Don't worry, it's just another example of everything old eventually becoming new again. "It seems like everybody likes the colors from the '80s," Lyden says. "They're coming back full ...

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