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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

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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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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One game kills time - The other kills people! See more »


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19 November 1981 (USA)  »

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AUD 1,800,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Jamie Lee Curtis character Hitch, mentions The Boston Strangler, and that her father is 67 in the same sentence. Interestingly, her real Dad Tony Curtis, played The Boston Strangler in the movie of the same name. See more »

Goofs

The sign announcing the Eastern side of the Nullarbor Plain is misspelled "Nullabor". 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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Crazy Credits

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 Amber Alert (2012) See more »

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Better Than You Think
30 December 2007 | by (Commerce Township, MI) – See all my reviews

I would not recommend you wait on this if you are a fan of suspense. There is also an early role for Jamie Lee Curtis, as well. There are decent performances all around, save for the horrible police officers. They must have been the real thing.

Pros: High suspense, well-written characters, great use of a low budget, good plot twist, keeps you guessing, fine ending.

Cons: Drags in spots, dialogue can be pretentious and unrealistic, a few continuity issues, with respect to sequencing.

For a PG rated movie, this is rather adult themed and creepy, if not scary. I recommend this film to all.


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