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Road Games (1981)

Roadgames (original title)
A truck driver plays a cat-and-mouse game with a mysterious serial killer on a desolate Australian highway.

Director:

Richard Franklin

Writers:

Everett De Roche (screenplay), Everett De Roche (original story) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stacy Keach ... Pat Quid
Jamie Lee Curtis ... Hitch
Marion Edward ... Frita
Grant Page ... Smith or Jones
Thaddeus Smith Thaddeus Smith ... Police
Steve Millichamp ... Police (as Stephen Millichamp)
Alan Hopgood Alan Hopgood ... Lester
John Murphy John Murphy ... Benny Balls
Bill Stacey Bill Stacey ... Captain Careful
Robert Thompson ... Sneezy Rider
Ed Turley Ed Turley ... Roadhouse Proprietor
Angelica La Bozzetta ... Hitchhiker (as Angie La Bozzetta)
Colin Vancao Colin Vancao ... Fred Frugal
Paul Harris Paul Harris ... Frugal Child
Rochelle Harris Rochelle Harris ... Frugal Child
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Storyline

Pat Quid is driving a semi across Australia. On the way he encounters various other travellers and the occasional hitchhikers repeatedly as they're traveling the same road. A favorite pastime of Pat is to play games to pass the time on the journey (such as to make up backgrounds of the other people on the road). Pamela is one hitchhiker he picks up. But when she disappears, he suspects that the driver of a van who has been acting a little strange (Smith or Jones), may be the serial killer mentioned on the radio. But his pursuit of the van driver brings him to the attention of the police, who begin to suspect him. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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Taglines:

On the world's loneliest highway it's not a game - it's murder! See more »

Genres:

Mystery | Thriller

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 November 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

AUD 1,800,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The American distributors wanted Richard Franklin to cut the 360 degree pan shot of Quid talking on the phone in the roadhouse. They felt the shot was too long and added nothing to the story. Franklin, however, refused to cut the shot. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning when Keach passes the car towing the boat, he says "I'm on your port side." The nautical term port refers to the left side, but since drivers drive on the left side of the road in Australia he is actually on the starboard, or left, side. See more »

Quotes

Patrick 'Pat' Quid: [to his dog] Might be able to pick this one up and take her to Perth with me? Dazzling her with my stylish rhetoric and witty inuendos, eh?
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Crazy Credits

The closing credits roll over the image of the words 'tomorrow's bacon' written on the back of Quid's trailer. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Amber Alert (2012) See more »

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I mean, it's really not very good
27 October 2018 | by RNMortonSee all my reviews

But just the same, like Cherry Falls, I found myself irresistibly drawn back to it time and again the other night. Keach is an American truck driver down under, Curtis (looking pretty darn good) a coy rich kid on the run. Some of the plot is just plain stupid or unbelievable, and Keach's talking to and otherwise entertaining himself while solo on the road goes beyond annoying and into the next category, but there's chemistry between Keach and Curtis that goes above all that in the end (barely). Better than watching a test pattern for those old enough to know what that is.


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