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Amy Holden Jones
Jamie Lee Curtis,
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A vicious wild boar terrorizes the Australian outback. The first victim is a small child who is killed. The child's granddad is brought to trial for killing the child but acquitted. The ... See full summary »
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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>
All Quid's encounters with Police are in Western Australia. In 1981 all traffic enforcement was carried out by a separate division formed within the police force called the "Road Traffic Authority". The cars they used had "RTA" logos on the sides (not POLICE as in the movie). The police cars in the movie also have white on black state of Victoria registration plates. All RTA cars in Western Australia had blue on white WA registration plates with the prefix 'RTA' and three numbers. See more »
The sign announcing the Eastern side of the Nullarbor Plain is misspelled "Nullabor". See more »
Patrick 'Pat' Quid:
[talking to himself, while driving down the motorway]
With full devout courage, of sundry folk, by adventure fall, in fellowship, and pilgrims were they all.
[waves to a passing car]
Patrick 'Pat' Quid:
Good morning, pilgrims! Morning!
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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 »
Under rated road movie thriller with Hitchcockian trappings
Road Games is an Ok suspense film by Hitchcock disciple Richard Franklin (see also Psycho II, Link, FX II:The Deadly Art of Illusion). It features a good performance by Stacy Keach as a lone truck driver transporting bacon across the Australian outback during a butcher's strike. Every now and then, Keach comes across other travellers on the road, one of whom is the driver of a mysterious green van. Keach, having heard about a serial killer on the loose on his radio, convinces himself that the driver of the green van is also the murderer the police are looking for. However, Keach takes such ludicrous and unorthodox actions to prove his theory that he ends up making himself look like the culprit.
The main theme here of an innocent man being mistaken for a murderer is as old as the hills. The freshness of this film is provided principally by the unconventional locale (Aussie outback) and the outlandish set of supporting characters introduced during the course of the film. The suspense is good during the main scenes, but in between the film loses momentum. Hardly surprising, since Keach spends much of the film alone, chatting away to himself and his pet dingo in the cab of his truck. Listening to a man talkking to himself is hardly the best way to build excitement. However, you can feel a prickle of terror in your heart during one particularly hair raising sequence in which Keach investigates a peculiar sound in the back of his lorry.
I like this film, but it's no classic. Just one of those quiet, forgotten gems that film buffs ought to seek out for a rainy day.
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