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Death Car on the Freeway (1979)

Not Rated | | Mystery, Thriller | TV Movie 25 September 1979
A unknown, psychotic driver uses his van to kill unsuspecting female drivers on the freeway.





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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mrs. Sheel
Mr. Frisch
Alfie Wise ...
Ace Durham
Barry Hill
Jane Guston
Becky Lyons


A woman is badly shaken when she is run off the freeway and nearly killed by a crazy van-driver. Her story is not taken too seriously by TV or the police - until another woman is killed in similar circumstances, also by a dark van. The police seem to have no leads, so a TV reporter starts investigating the similarities between the cases. As the deaths mount, she takes hazard-driving lessons. When she finally locates the driver's whereabouts, he's missing, but chases her onto the freeway... Written by Cynan Rees <cynanrees@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


He Kills With a Van. Beautiful Women Are His Victims. Until One Meets Him Head On!


Mystery | Thriller


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Release Date:

25 September 1979 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Autoroute pour la mort  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Shelley Hack's TV debut. See more »


During every freeway chase/attack scene, the involved vehicles constantly appear in different lanes with different vehicles surrounding them in each shot, especially when the killer and victim are both traveling in the far left lane - interior close-ups always show them suddenly in the center or right lane with new backgrounds. See more »


Jan: So the Fiddler got away again, and now two more women are dead. However authorities are saying they may have a break in the case, as several witnesses have described the by now familiar blue van as being equipped with blue and yellow California license plates, possibly containing the letters P and E. This is Janette Claussen for KXLA from the scene of the Freeway Fiddler's latest attack, and not at all anxious to leave the scene, horrible as it is. Because when I do, I'm going to be like ...
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Referenced in Death Proof (2007) See more »

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Pretty good
18 April 2004 | by See all my reviews

Look at that title, that plot and that cast, and what do you get? Definitely a 70's TV-movie. And it's really not a bad one at that. For car fans there's a lot of cool old cars to look at and some decent crashes. It definitely borrows from "Duel" (one of the immensely overrated Spielberg's only decent films) but manages to come up with a fresh take on it. The best thing about this movie is that the action is for real, back in the days when movie-making was real blood and sweat, instead of the computer crap we see today. When these cars crash, you can see where if something went wrong, there would have been more trouble on the set. But that's real movie making, not drawing cartoons on a computer.

This movie definitely has the odd tricks and turns a lot of tv-movies did from the day, and still sometimes do. But given the era and the plot, that only adds to the fun. Definitely a good choice if you can find this one.

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