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Joysticks (1983)

R | | Comedy | 4 March 1983 (USA)
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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Leif Green ...
Jim Greenleaf ...
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King Vidiot (as Jonathan Gries)
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Arnie
John Voldstad ...
Max
Reid Cruickshanks ...
Coach Straight
Morgan Lofting ...
Mrs. Rutter
Kym Malin ...
Kim G. Michel ...
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Alexis Wheeler
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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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4 March 1983 (USA)  »

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Video Madness  »

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$300,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The house used as Joseph Rutter's home had once belonged to Nat 'King' Cole, at a time when Cole was the only African-American in the neighborhood. See more »

Goofs

When the two main characters are playing Pac-Man (with the cool, giant floor-mounted joysticks) they are repeatedly shown mashing buttons. There's no buttons in Pac-Man, as the only thing you are doing is controlling movement. The same is true later when they are playing Super Pac-Man. Super-Pac-Man has one button ("Super Speed") which must be held down continuously. It would do them no good to keep mashing the button. See more »

Quotes

King Vidiot: [opens French window and climbs in]
Joseph Rutter: What the Hell are you doing here?
King Vidiot: You said you wanted to talk.
Joseph Rutter: I meant my office...
King Vidiot: I don't like offices.
Joseph Rutter: Why didn't you use the door?
King Vidiot: I don't like doors.
Joseph Rutter: Very well, Mr. Vidiot, have a seat.
King Vidiot: [Kicks over chair] I don't like seats.
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References Hustle (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

Stripper Game
Music by Ray Knehnetsky
Lyrics by Tom Demenkoff
Recording Engineer Sherry Klein, Sunswept Studios
Performed by Legion
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Classic Cult 80's
20 February 2006 | by See all my reviews

I purchased this movie on VHS on a sellout day at a video shop that was selling old movies... i think i payed $2. very original content, in the same line as under the mountain (director Peter Jackson) or brain dead... if you like this sort of thing then you will like this movie. yeah its about a bunch of kids who love their arcade, and some old idiots get their nephews to try to close down the video parlor. it comes down to a head to head challenge on an arcade game to decide if the video parlor will stay or be shut down... very funny looking at the style of cloths they wore, and typical of that era their are the punks and the squares


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