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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Did You Know?


The opening scene with Eugene was shot without permits in less than an hour. 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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The finest film of this or any other generation!
29 March 2002 | by (Minnesota) – See all my reviews

A beautiful majestic and taut thriller set against the backdrop of a suburban video arcade. Joe Don Baker gives us a towering performance as the cliched angry parent wanting to shut the arcade down. It's amazing that even now, 20 years later, the film still inspires, still excites and still amazes even the most jaded movie viewer. If there is a God, I know that even he must get a smile on his face from the pointless nudity and hours upon hours of video game playing that this movie portrays with such raw tenacity and such POWER! 10/10. Long live "Joysticks!"

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