The Junkman is a 1982 "indie" film directed by, and starring, H. B. Halicki, who is most famous for the 1974 cult classic Gone in 60 Seconds. In The Junkman, Mr. Halicki plays, well, not to put too fine a point on it, a thinly disguised version of himself: a junkyard proprietor turned film producer whose cinematic magnum opus is a chase-filled cult classic entitled Gone in 60 Seconds. For reasons which are never adequately articulated, and may never even have been worked out by the screenwriters in the first place, one of his business partners hires a squad of assassins (one of whom bears a spooky resemblance to a future governor of Alaska) to kill Mr. Not-Quite-H.B.-Halicki as he's driving to an antique car show. Mayhem ensues.
Rather than make you sit through the entire 96-minute running time, we give you here the edited "good parts" version with all the stunts and crashes and not much of the wooden acting and campy dialogue.
The film has been said to have taken two years to complete, and resulted in the destruction of 150 motor vehicles, a speedboat, numerous roadside fixtures, and at least one Pitts Special stunt biplane.
It would not surprise me to learn that this film's stunt sequences were one of the inspirations behind the crash-happy German police fantasy Alarm für Cobra 11.
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