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Joysticks (1983)

R  |   |  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 overview, first billed only:
Joseph Rutter
Leif Green ...
Eugene Groebe
Jim Greenleaf ...
Jonathan Andrew McDorfus
Jefferson Bailey
King Vidiot (as Jonathan Gries)
Patsy Rutter
John Voldstad ...
Reid Cruickshanks ...
Coach Straight
Morgan Lofting ...
Mrs. Rutter
Kym Malin ...
Kim G. Michel ...
Jacqueline Cole ...
Alexis Wheeler (as Jacqulin Cole)
Logan Ramsey ...
Mayor Neville
Nurse Tubitt


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 <>

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More fun than games.




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Release Date:

March 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Video Madness  »

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$300,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Shot in three weeks. See more »


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 »


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 The Music Man (1962) See more »


Music by Ray Knehnetsky
Lyrics by Milo Angelo Adamo
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Totally Awesom Video Games!!!!
9 June 2014 | by (Northern Virginia, USA) – See all my reviews

A&E should have a "Making of Joysticks" biography. I'm sure it would be hilarious. I can picture it now. The producers say: "Porkies is a big hit and videogames are making millions a year. Can you write a script that incorporates all of that to make money?" So the writers throw everything in but the kitchen sink: Valley girls, punk rockers, conservative villains looking to stop the fun, a pretty surfer hero, a nerd named Eugene, a fat video game jock, hottubs in vans, screenshots of classic video games. It's an 80's hottub time machine.

What makes this film even more fun is the magic it produces when some viewers either get it, and laugh hilariously, or don't (such as my wife) and say "This is so stupid" and walk off in disgust. It's like Beavis and Butthead. Some get it, and some don't. That's the genius of it. This film will be watched by historians a hundred years from now when analyzing the destruction of American culture or perhaps what made it great. Teens now are worried about starving to death the day they hit the job market or think their "smartphones" make them smart. No. We had it better back then. A lot better.

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