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Honky Tonk Freeway (1981)

PG | | Action, Comedy | 21 August 1981 (USA)
Ticlaw, a small town in Florida, has only one attraction: a safari park. The government constructs a freeway that passes near Ticlaw, but decides not to put an exit into the town. The ... See full summary »

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Ticlaw, a small town in Florida, has only one attraction: a safari park. The government constructs a freeway that passes near Ticlaw, but decides not to put an exit into the town. The people of Ticlaw, led by its Mayor, will do anything in order to convince the governor to alter the project. Written by Michel Rudoy <mdrc@hp9000a1.uam.mx>

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Something funny is happening on this freeway. Get off on it. See more »

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Action | Comedy

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21 August 1981 (USA)  »

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Da steht der ganze Freeway Kopf  »

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$24,000,000 (estimated)
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When released, its $24 million budget made it the most expensive comedy ever produced. It was a major failure at the box office. See more »

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During the scene where the orphans are being shown the petting zoo, a crew member or the director can be heard giving the cue to "Scream! Scream! Ricky!" as the children become afraid of the white horse they've mistaken for "Ricky the Carnivorous Pony." See more »

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Duane Hansen: I love you.
Carmen Odessa Shelby: Oh Duane, you don't even know me. I've slept with over three hundred men.
Duane Hansen: Everyone has their faults.
Carmen Odessa Shelby: Three hundred men? In Paducah, Kentucky? Duane, wasn't easy.
Duane Hansen: It's an accomplishment.
Carmen Odessa Shelby: No, Duane, it's a problem. It's a real problem. I'm like Ricky the Carnivorous Pony in respect to men.
Duane Hansen: I love you, I need you, and I wanna make you happy, that's all.
Carmen Odessa Shelby: Oh, I don't know if that's what I really want out of life.
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References To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) See more »

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Honky Tonk Freeway
Written by Steve Dorff and Milton Brown
Performed by Russell Smith
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Box office KA-BOOM
27 February 2004 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Unappreciated in a way MAD MAD WORLD was celebrated, HONKY TONK FREEWAY is an international view of crass funny Americana. A megaton flop in its day, it does deserve reappraisal and basically awe for the extravagant scope and cost of the production. Also like NASHVILLE or THE BIG BUS or even RAT RACE it is an ensemble comedy cruelly harpooned by dumb critics of the day who only reviewed the excess and the cost. This must have been an unappreciated accounting legend, like CLEOPATRA, or 1941 (which I love), HEAVENS GATE, LUCKY LADY or later THE BLUES BROTHERS as demented American films that are clever and made with vision, especially when one considers the cost and failure of Mall releases of today. A DVD reissue with the sort of 3rd disc that Cleopatra has will be very welcome.


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