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Road Games (1981)
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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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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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26 June 1981 (Australia)  »

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Road Games  »

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AUD 1,800,000 (estimated)
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Originally the climax of the film was supposed to be somewhat more elaborate about re-introducing the characters of Frita, Sneezy Rider, and Captain Careful. Originally during the chase through the streets of Perth, Sneezy Rider and Frita were supposed to be randomly wrecked by Quid's truck, the motorcycle sliding under the trailer in an elaborate stunt. Then Captain Careful was supposed to re-appear towing a new boat only for Quid to destroy that boat too. However pressure to wrap the shoot forced these scenes to be cut from the film. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Patrick 'Pat' Quid: [to his dog] Might be able to pick this one up and take her to Perth with me? Dazzling her with my stylish rhetoric and witty inuendos, eh?
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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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Suspenseful Black Humor At Best
23 July 2007 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

While driving alone through the Australia outback with his dingo, the truck driver Patrick Quid (Stacy Keach) becomes aware that a serial killer is attacking women and he suspects that the driver of a green van is the murderer and is getting rid of the bodies in pieces in plastic bags burying them in the desert. On his way to Perth with a load of pork meat, he gives a ride to the hitchhiker Pamela Rushworth (Jamie Lee Curtis) and tells his theory about the killer to her. When they park in a gas station, they see the van and Pamela decides to break in the car to investigate. When Pamela disappears, Pat pursuits the van while he becomes the prime suspect of the police.

"Roadgames" is a suspenseful black humor road movie, with a good and very tense story, great lines and excellent acting of Stacey Keach and Jamie Lee Curtis. The lead couple shows a fantastic chemistry in a plot that is a sort of combination of "Duel" and "The Hitchhiker". The sexy Jamie Lee Curtis is in the top of her beauty and Stacey Keach has one of his best performances in this attractive film. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Enigma na Estrada" ("Enigma on the Road")


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