The Junkman is an action packed block buster rollercoaster ride of a thriller set in the high stakes world of wealth glamour and power it unfolds a deadly assassin's plot to kill Harlan Hollis junkyard owner turned movie m... more »ogul and stuntman. As Hollis drives to the James Dean festival he's unaware that killers are tracking his every move. The fast and furious race to avoid their net stay alive and discover who is behind this lethal plan will take Hollis through a fiery battle turning highways and city streets into a blazing junkyard. It's raw filmmaking at its best with the most aerial and car stunts employing such spectacular vehicles as the Goodyear Blimp. It is unstoppable action! You have to see it to believe it - then watch it again. It slams you on a full-throttle rocket ride you'll never forget!System Requirements:Starring: Christopher Stone Susan Shaw and Lang Jeffries. Special appearances by Hoyt Axton George Barris Lynda Day George Freddy Cannon and the Belmonts. Directed By: H.B. Halicki. Running Time: 98 Min. Color. This film is presented in "Widescreen" format. Copyright 2001 Halicki Films LLC.Format: DVD MOVIE Genre: ACTION/ADVENTURE Rating: PG UPC: 741027171693« less
Jonathan Schaper | London, Ontario Canada | 07/20/2004
(2 out of 5 stars)
"To clarify the apparent confusion over this film:The Junkman is NOT Deadline Auto Theft. Both films have been referred to as Gone in 60 Seconds II, which is the source of some confusion.Gone in 60 Seconds (the original) is perhaps the best car chase movie ever made. Deadline Auto Theft is nothing more than Gone in 60 Seconds with some of the scenes replaced by an inferior new subplot about a Sheriff out to catch the auto thieves, but his plot goes absolutely nowhere (He is never involved in any of the chases, nor do they resove his storyline. He simply disappears). Many of the original scenes which were replaced have to do with the mechanics of autotheft and character development, thus ruining a great film.The Junkman is nothing more than a vanity piece. In The Junkman, Halicki (the director of Gone in 60 Seconds, owner of a junkyard, and collector of toys) plays a junkyard owner who collects toys and just finished directing a film coincidentally called "Gone in 60 Seconds". Most of the film consists of him showing off his toy and car collections. What little plot there is consists of one of his investors trying to create publicity for the film by destroying a lot of cars participating in a road race by, e.g., dropping bombs on them from a plane, and by attempting to kill Halicki before he can make it to the film's premiere. Unlike Gone in 60 Seconds, the chases are totally unexciting, build no suspense, and do not showcase any skillfull driving (I mean on part of the fictional characters, not the stunt drivers)."
It takes alot to make a bad movie out of just car wrecks..
Jill Chouinard | Boston, Ma USA | 02/21/2002
(3 out of 5 stars)
"No matter how good the special features might be, there is no way they could make this a good movie.. Maybe DVD will help, you can skip to the more spectacular crashes and segments, but overall this movie is a poorly acted, poorly directed, excuse to wreck cars.. normally I wouldn't complain.. I love car wrecks, and the original Gone in 60 seconds was a GREAT car wreck movie with a cheezy story.. But unfortunately this one just doesn't work, give it a rent, laugh at the some of the more incredible stunts, but don't waste your money, because its just not worth it"
Better than Gone in 60 Seconds
deathtoast54 | 03/10/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is honestly a better film than Gone in 60 Seconds. Toby clearly had more time, money, and experience on this picture. Gone has some nice car crashes, but they're stuck in an unwatchably amateurish film you'd be embarassed to make your friends sit through. This film isn't Oscar material, but the plot is about on par with most silly action films of today. There's lots of humor, and plenty of cars flying through the air, crashing and burning in slow motion. Also worth mentioning is that Amazon's special feature list is incomplete. The dvd also contains interviews with a few people from the production and a commentary with the production manager (Jack Vacek) and the director of photography (Tony Syslo)."
Guiness World Record 150 Cars Destroyed
Mrs. Barbara M. Muirhead | toronto,canada | 05/28/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"With a Titile like that how can you go wrong this was the second film for legandary director,producer,actor and true car guy H.B Toby Haliki his most famous film being the cult classic Gone in 60 Seconds this film while the crashes are incredible and the acting is notisably better I found it lacked something the story was a little had to follow and it laged a little at times but for anybody into cars,action and an all around classic GET THIS MOVIE!"
While Metal is Crumpling, Five Stars. But They Talk, Too.
Michael Weber | Atlanta | 10/06/2002
(3 out of 5 stars)
"All in all, a better film than Halicki's first, the original "Gone in 60 Seconds".No-one is ever going to accuse the late H.B.Halicki of being a great writer, director or actor. But he sure could wreck cars. And airplanes. And buildings.The story in this film is more coherent and comprehensible than "60 Seconds", and the overall production values (sound especially) are higher.Plotwise, it's a sort of thriller -- junkman H.B.Hollis (Halicki) has made a car-crash film called "Gone in 60 Seconds" and someone wants to kill him before the film opens. So they sic assassins in cars and airplanes on him as he drives cross-country to a James Dean tribute festival.And we're off to the races.Despite the violence implicit in the plot, this is, overall, a pretty light-hearted comedy serving mostly as an excuse to xrash even more cars than in the previous film in even more inventive ways. Nicely absurd touches include the row of sunglasses on Hollis's dashboard that never move no matter how violent the maneuver, and the RFD mailboxes he hits partway through the chase.The level of seriousness with which Halicki and crew approached this film can be seen from the fact that the sign on "Hollis's" junkyard is not changed and still reads "H.B.Halicki Mercantile Emporium and Junk Yard"; the collections of classic cars and of toys contained therein, by the way, are wonderful.The late Hoyt Axton plays himself, and has a wonderful time doing so, by all indications.Particularly noteworthy are the stunts involving aerobatic planes, including one in which a car jumps over an airplane -- but there are some purely automotive eye-poppers, too. (Nothing to match "The Jump" from "60 Seconds" for pure "How did anyone have the guts to do THAT?" bravura, but the jump over the stage and the parking-lot escape, for instances, are pretty good.)Given the degree of improvements Halicki exhibits in technique and story between "60 Seconds" and this film, it's particularly disappointing that Halicki was killed in a freak accident on the set of his third production, "Gone in 60 Seconds II", and we never got to see if he would have been even better on it.(This review refers to the VHS version -- i understand that there is/was a DVD version on which themusic has largely been replaced with generic music cues due to licensing problems. That would rate half a star less.)"