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Road Games (1981)

Roadgames (original title)
A truck driver plays a cat-and-mouse game with a mysterious serial killer who uses a young female hitchhiker as bait to lure victims on a desolate Australian highway.



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


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


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Release Date:

19 November 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Road Games  »

Box Office


AUD 1,800,000 (estimated)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the Gents washroom scene at the roadhouse you can see in several shots behind Quid graffiti on the wall that clearly says "don't root abos mate". This has either gone over the heads of the US film crew or left in the final cut as a sick joke. Root is Australian slang for having sex and abo is slang for Aborigine now known as Indigenous Australians. See more »


The sign announcing the Eastern side of the Nullarbor Plain is misspelled "Nullabor". See more »


Patrick 'Pat' Quid: No, it's Q-U-I-D. 'D' as in death to young girls, you cretin!
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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 »


Referenced in Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship & Videotape (2010) See more »

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Hitchock-esque White Line Fever.
2 May 2004 | by (Orlando, Florida) – See all my reviews

Roadgames is a pretty good thriller about truck driver Quid (Stacey Keach) follows what he suspects to be a serial killer along the Southern Australia interstates. Having only the circumstantial clues and never actually witnessing any of the murders, Quid isn't sure whether this guy really is the serial killer that police reports on the radio indicate, or whether it is Quid's psychological games about guessing what people on the road could be like when he passes a noisy family in a station wagon and guesses the occupation of the driver. Quid is pushed nearly to the brink of insanity as he tries to distinguish between fact and fiction as he and the green van play cat and mouse all over the outback.

It's a really good thriller and better than say, The Hitcher, another movie involving a serial killer along deserted highways that torments a driver. But the difference is that Quid has limited interaction with his suspect, because the whole time you're left guessing whether the guy in the green van is really a killer at all, or whether it was just another one of Quid's games meant to entertain himself, but gone totally out of control. The movie has very Hitchcock-esque traits such as building Quid up from a normal man to one that starts to develop something almost like a split personality as he drives himself crazy trying to figure out the deal his adversary. Or the way that everyone in town seems to turn against Quid even though he is supposed to be the innocent person here. It's also good with some of that good Stacey Keach sarcasm and delivery. I think he fit the part of Quid quite nicely. Despite the fact that the story starts to lose momentum towards the end (but not the conclusion), it is nonetheless, a pretty good thriller.

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