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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:
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Pat Quid
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Hitch
Marion Edward ...
Frita
Grant Page ...
Smith or Jones
Thaddeus Smith ...
Police
Steve Millichamp ...
Police (as Stephen Millichamp)
Alan Hopgood ...
Lester
John Murphy ...
Benny Balls
Bill Stacey ...
Captain Careful
Robert Thompson ...
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
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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) 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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19 November 1981 (USA)  »

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Road Games  »

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AUD 1,800,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

The Executive Producer billed in the opening credits is named Bernard Schwartz. This is Jamie Lee Curtis's father Tony Curtis real name. See more »

Goofs

Pamela begins writing "TOMORROW'S BACON" on the door of the truck in close-up, the camera then cuts to a longer distance shot of her completing the word "bacon" but the way the letters are styled do not match the close-up. See more »

Quotes

female radio dispatcher: [over that radio, as Quid is getting ready to go to bed] Base 4 to Gypsy 397, are you there?
Patrick 'Pat' Quid: [responding sacrastically] Mayday, mayday, this is flight 77, I seem to be in a great deal of trouble, I'm losing fuel, I need help!
female radio dispatcher: Is that you Gypsy 397?
Patrick 'Pat' Quid: Negative darling. This is Quid, Patrick Anthony Quid. As in British sterling.
female radio dispatcher: Why do we always have trouble with you Gypsy 397?
Patrick 'Pat' Quid: Because you keep calling me "Gypsy 397".
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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 »

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References Easy Rider (1969) See more »

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Quality movie
29 July 2004 | by (Lisbon, Portugal) – See all my reviews

Stacy Keach plays a truck driver, he and his best friend, a dingo, are taking meat to Perth, along the way he wonders about other drivers and their life, a way to keep himself distracted. A suspicious green van catches his attention, later on when he finds out that murders have been taking place, he immediately associates them with the van. After watching the van's driver bury a couple of bags in the middle of the desert he has no more doubts about the relation of it to the murders. Braking "truckers" rules he picks up a hitchhiker, Pam (Jamie Lee Curtis), they'll complement each other perfectly, sharing murder theories among other things. The police ends up suspecting Pat (Stacy Keach) so Pam believes that the only way for him to prove is innocence is to find the real killer but he finds them first and kidnaps her, or is it that she went by her own free will?

Nice thriller, the acting as you can expect is pretty good. Keach and Curtis create a believable bond, a mutual crush develops but the age difference is a problem. The script is fairly intelligent and certainly effective. Keach's character is full of theories and anecdotes, which keeps the movie interesting at moments where all you see is the Australian outback. Well worth watching.


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