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

PG  |   |  Thriller  |  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:
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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

In the Gents washroom scene at the roadhouse you can see in several shots behind Quid graffiti on the wall that clearly says "don't root abos mate". This has either gone over the heads of the US film crew or left in the final cut as a sick joke. Root is Australian slang for having sex and abo is slang for Aborigine now known as Indigenous Australians. 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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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 The Flintstones (1960) See more »

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Just like a Hitchcock movie
4 September 2005 | by (Mullica Township, New Jersey, USA) – See all my reviews

I first saw this movie on TV. I taped it and watched it later. A couple of weeks ago I bought it on DVD and re-watched it. I had forgotten just how much I loved it. To me, watching this movie is just like watching an Alfred Hitchcock movie. It's filled with suspense. The characters are amazingly intelligent too, especially Stacy Keach's character, Pat Quid. At one point he picks up a hitchhiker, played by Jamie Lee Curtis, but is a gentleman the whole time she is in his truck. That was perfect. I mean, if he fooled around with her, that would have seriously detracted from the story. All the way through it the story has good supporting characters that only add to the quality of the film. Plus the cinematography in Australia's Outback is beautiful. I also enjoyed the truck driving sequences. One other thing, even though the movie is by no means a comedy, there are some very funny scenes in it, which you should enjoy. I don't want to give any of it away though. You need to watch it for yourself. I highly recommend this one. It's worth at least a rental. You will probably want to own it after seeing it once though. I know I did.


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