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Joysticks (1983)

 -  Comedy  -  March 1983 (USA)
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When a top local businessman and his two bumbling nephews try to shut down the town's only video arcade, arcade employees and patrons fight back.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Joseph Rutter
Leif Green ...
Eugene Groebe
Jim Greenleaf ...
Jonathan Andrew McDorfus
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Jefferson Bailey
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King Vidiot (as Jonathan Gries)
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Patsy Rutter
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Arnie
John Voldstad ...
Max
Reid Cruickshanks ...
Coach Straight
Morgan Lofting ...
Mrs. Rutter
Kym Malin ...
Lola
Kim G. Michel ...
Alva
Jacqueline Cole ...
Alexis Wheeler (as Jacqulin Cole)
Logan Ramsey ...
Mayor Neville
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Nurse Tubitt
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There's trouble in town and it's video games. High school students spend so much time with the electronic monsters that there's no time for schoolwork. Shucks. Written by Steve Derby <sderby@sdeco.com>

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More fun than games.

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March 1983 (USA)  »

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Video Madness  »

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$300,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Jon Gries came up with the idea to sit on top of a chair instead of in said chair during the town council trial sequence. See more »

Quotes

Joseph Rutter: You and I have something in common. Do you know what that is?
King Vidiot: [Shakes hands with Mr. Rutter] We both like to hang out in public bathrooms!
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Features Space Dungeon (1981) See more »

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Canaries
Music by Ray Knehnetsky
Lyrics by Milo Angelo Adamo
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Return to those goofy days at the video arcade.
13 October 1998 | by (Suffolk, Virginia, USA) – See all my reviews

As a matter of fact, go back to when comedy movies were really meant to be goofy, such as "Joysticks"! I feel this may be an overlooked rarity in the not-so-distant future, as it shows why there hasn't been films made in years that combine twisted humor with videogames as a cultural standpoint. Like other raunchy films in the '80s, this one mimics "Porky's". The acting is strange, but acceptable. This is one of those movies containing sick, ballistic weirdness that tends to grow on you. Another film that has this kind of quality is "Wacko". Both are genuine Greydon Clark comedy masterpieces not to be missed. It's too bad these movies have been way past their prime, though.


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