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Road Games (1981)
"Roadgames" (original title)

PG  |   |  Adventure, Crime, Mystery  |  19 November 1981 (USA)
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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:
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
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


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 <>

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


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AUD 1,800,000 (estimated)

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frantic and suspenseful it's quite an accomplishment of Australian cinema
26 August 2009 | by (Poland) – See all my reviews

Richard Franklin's potboiler "Road Games" is quite an accomplishment of Australian cinema. That's right Quentin. I know we agree. While transporting pork to Perth trough the whole Australia, American truck driver Pat Quid (Stacy Keach) traces a serial killer who tries to get rid of the body of the girl he's recently murdered. In the meantime, Pat meets Pamela (Jamie Lee Curtis) who decides to help him capture the dangerous psycho. Due to its tone, the movie feels like Hitchcock's "Rear Window" on the road. Screenwriter Everet De Roche presents travellers as some kind of integral community comprising of totally different people connected by accident. It's to director Franklin's credit though that the movie is so frantic and suspenseful throughout. There are moments of sheer genius when the movie gets almost unbearably tense in its crucial scenes including unique finale. All in all, "Road Games" is a cleverly scripted, refreshing thriller that just waits to be rediscovered and admired. 8/10 (B+)

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