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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.

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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
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Alexis Wheeler
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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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4 March 1983 (USA)  »

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Video Madness  »

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$300,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Jon Gries came up with the idea to sit on top of a chair instead of in said chair during the town council trial sequence. 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 Puckman (1980) See more »

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Canaries
Music by Ray Knehnetsky
Lyrics by Milo Angelo Adamo
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"I got to have a quarter!"
13 September 2015 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Joe Don Baker is out to shut down the video arcade because his Valley girl daughter won't stop hanging out there. It's an '80s teen comedy so you pretty much know what the ceiling is on this. It's lowbrow and childish but harmless and even funny in places. The Dorfus character is the 'funny gross fat guy' that all post-Animal House comedies seemed to have. Jon Gries is in this in an embarrassing early role as King Vidiot. The old school video game stuff is cool and, of course, the female nudity is nice. Some great boobs on display here, for those interested. The strip video scene is a highlight. It's not the best '80s teen sex comedy but it's enjoyable enough. Personally I think it's impossible to completely dislike anything with Corinne Bohrer in it.


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