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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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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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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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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 »

Quotes

Patsy Rutter: I wish you would be like other dads and stay home and barbeque.
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Referenced in The Big Box: The Body Shop (2010) See more »

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Down at the Arcade
Music and Lyrics by Bill Scott
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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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