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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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Lieutenant Haller
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Lynn Bernheimer
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Mr. Frisch
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Ray Jeffries
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Jane Guston
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Dr. Rita Glass
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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>

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

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Mystery | Thriller

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25 September 1979 (USA)  »

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Autoroute pour la mort  »

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Trivia

Shelley Hack's TV debut. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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Referenced in Penny Dreadful (2005) See more »

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Pretty good
18 April 2004 | by (NYC) – 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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