Skip Tracer (1977)


Directed by: Zale Dalen

Stars: David Petersen, John Lazarus, Rudy Szabo

Language: English + Commentary (2nd track)

Commentary by Writer/Director Zale Dalen and The Important Cinema Club’s Justin Decloux

Country: Canada | Imdb Info | Ar: 1.85:1 | Brrip

Description: A repo man skips town after his life is threatened.


3.94GB | 94:09mins | 1920×1036 | mkv | English


====bluray extras====


BONUS FEATURE FILM: Zale Dalen’s unreleased PASSION.

1.70GB | 105:51mins | 996×720 | mkv | English


DEADLY BUSINESS: The complete VHS Version of SKIP TRACER, which is presented in Open Matte.

1.03GB | 92:15mins | 992×720 | mkv | English


No Derivative Crap: An Career-Retrospective Interview with Zale Dalen

110MB | 22:32mins | 854×480 | mkv | English


What The Hell is Canadian Cinema?: A Video Primer

145MB | 13:52mins | 854×480 | mkv | English

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9 Responses to Skip Tracer (1977)

  1. Ali says:

    Fans of “Skip Tracer” should definitely check out another “lost” Canadian film from around this time; “Recommendation For Mercy…” It’s another ‘Canuxploitation’ film from 1975. It has a similar quality and feel as “Skip Tracer…” and yes; it is available here on Rarelust…

  2. Mr.G. says:

    …described as “a tale of achieving class consciousness and embracing empathy for the common man, and the destruction that capitalism can wreak on people who are just trying to eke out an existence” M. Kisner (Rotten Tomatoes). Kind of contemporary! Just out on BR, thanks RL.

    • Ali says:

      The movie is so great that I’m thinking of buying the blu-ray, even though the quality of the film posted here is excellent. It’s bound to be a collector’s item, plus we should support these kinds of releases when we can…

  3. Ian says:

    If you wondering about whether to give this a try…

    Collins works for a finance company. If you don’t keep up on your payments, he will take your car or sell your home. He’s a hard sonofabitch, because that’s what you have to be to be the firm’s man of the year.

    But he’s behind a rival for the award this year, and the firm thinks he needs some ‘encouragement’ to do better. Given that some of the clients can’t be helped, even if you try, that can’t be difficult, can it?

    Yes, it can. He’s pissed off a lot of people and, much that he would like to pass it all off a just part of the job – the only thing he lives for – it has an emotional effect on him.

    OK, why haven’t you heard of it? It took 45 years to get any sort of proper home media release. The very sparse soundtrack is 1970s ‘I have a synth and I’m going to use it’ and some of the supporting actors aren’t great. Being made for $300k on 16mm and released the same year as Star Wars, Smokey and the Bandit, CE3K etc didn’t help.

    But it has at least 100x the intelligence of those.

  4. Ali says:

    Absolutely FANTASTIC independent film, fascinating character study/redemption tale, riveting from first frame to the last…Complete with a shock, grim ending..

  5. Ian says:

    I saw it in a series of Canadian films on UK TV.. it must be forty or so years ago. I remember the acting being mixed. but the script being particularly good, and I have been looking for it ever since.

    Thank you thank you thank you.

  6. LizB says:

    This film is awful. It reeked of vanity production. Saw it at a NYC revival theater in the 80s…it’s terrible and a self-indulgent time waster. High on my list of worst obscure films ever.

    • Ali says:

      It seems that nobody shares your “opinion” of this excellent, underground film… Maybe you should just stick to Netflix for your entertainment…

      • LizB says:

        Perhaps everyone else has overrated it. All I know is when me and three friends saw it we were all of a similar opinion about it..

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