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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 overview, first billed only:
Leif Green ...
Jim Greenleaf ...
King Vidiot (as Jonathan Gries)
John Voldstad ...
Reid Cruickshanks ...
Coach Straight
Morgan Lofting ...
Mrs. Rutter
Kym Malin ...
Kim G. Michel ...
Alexis Wheeler
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 <sderby@sdeco.com>

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More fun than games.




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4 March 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Video Madness  »


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$300,000 (estimated)
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This film was made under the title "Video Madness." 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 »


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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References The Music Man (1962) See more »


Last Chance for Love
Music by Ray Knehnetsky and Sherry Klein
Lyrics by Tom Demenkoff
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Thank You!
10 January 2007 | by See all my reviews

Thank you all for your support of this wonderfully perverse piece of classic entertainment! When Mickey Epps and I wrote the original screenplay we never thought it would turn into a piece of movie memorabilia. Sex comedies in the 80's will never return (that could be good or bad), but nonetheless, playing video games topless or in your underwear is now done in the privacy of the home and no longer in video arcades. So, worry not, you naysayers of this pulchritudinous adventure in film-making, you will not see a sequel to this movie. But because of it, I'm sure you've created a number of memorable moments in your own personal histories at various drive-ins and the back rows of the movie theaters! Long live teen sex comedies... long live perverted, out-of-work, over-aged, have nothing better to do writers... like myself!!!!!

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