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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:
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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
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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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The truck driver plays games... The hitchhiker plays games. And the killer is playing the deadliest game of all! See more »


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19 November 1981 (USA)  »

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AUD 1,800,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Stacy Keach learned to drive a 16-gear semi truck for the role of Quid. 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 »

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Patrick 'Pat' Quid: Madam, just because I drive a truck does not make me a truck driver.
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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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Referenced in The Psycho Legacy (2010) See more »

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Under rated road movie thriller with Hitchcockian trappings
22 December 2002 | by (Todmorden, England) – See all my reviews

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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