4.0/10
1,112
27 user 28 critic

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.

Director:

Reviews

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Evilspeak (1981)
Drama | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

An outcast military cadet taps into a way to summon demons and cast spells on his tormentors through his computer.

Director: Eric Weston
Stars: Clint Howard, R.G. Armstrong, Joe Cortese
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

Christine (Phoebe Cates), a student at an exclusive all-girls private school, is in love with Jim, who attends an academy for boys nearby. Christine's arch rival Jordan also has her eye on ... See full summary »

Director: Noel Black
Stars: Phoebe Cates, Betsy Russell, Matthew Modine
Screwballs (1983)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

Frolicking youth comedy about zany high school students set in the 1960s.

Director: Rafal Zielinski
Stars: Peter Keleghan, Kent Deuters, Linda Speciale
Hardbodies (1984)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

Three middle-aged daddies visit California to have a marvelous time at the beach. When they learn that a nice apartment and an expensive cabriolet isn't enough for them to score with the ... See full summary »

Director: Mark Griffiths
Stars: Grant Cramer, Teal Roberts, Gary Wood
Screwballs II (1985)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4/10 X  

In the original tradition of "Screwballs," four horny teens try to get a shot at the sexy new French teacher.

Director: Rafal Zielinski
Stars: Bryan Genesse, Lance Van Der Kolk, Alan Deveau
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

The story of two adolescent boys who are guests at a Florida resort for the week-end. Their only interest is, of course, chasing girls, but fate has much more in store for them.

Director: George Bowers
Stars: Rob Morrow, Johnny Depp, Emily Longstreth
The Mutilator (1984)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

A teenager who accidentally committed matricide finds himself being hunted together with his girlfriend and mates by his now crazed father.

Directors: Buddy Cooper, John Douglass
Stars: Matt Mitler, Ruth Martinez, Bill Hitchcock
Spring Break (1983)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

Two sets of two college guys spend a spring break together in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. There they have lots of fun in and out of the sun.

Director: Sean S. Cunningham
Stars: David Knell, Steve Bassett, Perry Lang
My Tutor (1983)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

A rich father hires a tutor for his son. The son is a horny teenager and the tutor is a gorgeous blonde. Complications ensue.

Director: George Bowers
Stars: Matt Lattanzi, Caren Kaye, Kevin McCarthy
Zapped! (1982)
Comedy | Fantasy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

A high school science nerd gains telekinetic powers after a laboratory accident and uses them for revenge upon bullies.

Director: Robert J. Rosenthal
Stars: Scott Baio, Willie Aames, Robert Mandan
Comedy | Romance | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

Harkin Banks heads to skiing championships in California. A teen runaway tags along as he parties and competes with friends and foes.

Director: Peter Markle
Stars: David Naughton, Patrick Houser, Tracy Smith
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

A nerd gains the friendship of two of his frat brothers when his dad offers them his condo for the week in Palm Springs, and also offers the fraternity a hot tub and jacuzzi if they can ... See full summary »

Director: James Frawley
Stars: Stephen Geoffreys, Sheree J. Wilson, Cameron Dye
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Joseph Rutter
Leif Green ...
Eugene Groebe
Jim Greenleaf ...
Jonathan Andrew McDorfus
Scott McGinnis ...
Jefferson Bailey
...
King Vidiot (as Jonathan Gries)
...
Patsy Rutter
...
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
...
Nurse Tubitt
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

More fun than games.

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

4 March 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Video Madness  »

Box Office

Budget:

$300,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The town council trial sequence was filmed in a rented VFW facility. 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: If you're half the leader I think you are...
King Vidiot: I am half the leader you think I am!
See more »

Connections

Features Pooyan (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

Down at the Arcade
Music and Lyrics by Bill Scott
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Beautiful.
28 June 2006 | by (Maryland) – See all my reviews

You either "Get it" or you don't. Of course when this film first hit the theaters it was just a film about the current fads of the day. If you were a kid going to arcades in the early to mid 80s this will be very nostalgic. If games like "Zaxxon" or "Galaxian" don't mean anything to you then this film will seem ridiculous. And to answer the question, "were arcades really like this?"...Oh yeah, this portrays the arcade "scene" in the early 80s pretty well.

This is a have fun, so bad it's funny movie. It could be thrown in with the "sex-comedies" of the 80s- and there were a lot of them. I believe this is coming out on DVD soon (Summer/Fall 2006).


8 of 12 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
THE DVD SUCKS!! mevans-19
30th anniversary dvd! moviefan72000
Super Pac? Eraser81
DVD please! atarikee
Jerry Garcia walk through federalism-1
DVD menu music yoda94
Discuss Joysticks (1983) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?