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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

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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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Storyline

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)  »

Also Known As:

Video Madness  »

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$300,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Director Greydon Clark has stated that he developed the idea for the film after seeing teenagers waiting in line to enter an arcade. He decided that an arcade-themed film could tap into that market. 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

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 Jungle Hunt (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

Down at the Arcade
Music and Lyrics by Bill Scott
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Classic Cult 80's
20 February 2006 | by (Australia) – 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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