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Beckman driving a '55 Thunderbird on Route 66 hooks up with Johnny after hoodlum Hoot and his gang shoot his car. Continuous conflicts between Hoot and Beckman make Beckman and Johnny determant to teach him a lesson. Written by Edwin Cramer <>

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21 June 1985 (Denmark)  »

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During the final scene when Beckman (Judge Reinhold) and Melissa (Kate Vernon) are driving off into the sunset, the music playing is the main theme to the early 60s TV series Route 66. See more »

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Hot Rod Man
26 August 2004 | by (brooklyn NY) – See all my reviews

****SPOILERS**** Drive-in type movie with bar fights car chases and crashes explosions country music pretty girls badder then bad bad guys and a good guy who's just too good to be true. Where in the end everyone gets whats coming to them good and bad thats what the movie "Roadhouse 66" is all about.

Beckman, Judge Reinhold, a spoiled rich kid driving home to California is almost killed by a gang of local toughs Hoot Dink & Moss,Alan Autry Kevyn Major & Peter Van Norden when his 1955 Thunderbird has it's engine almost shot out after he had an altercation with them on the open road in Arizona.

Picking up hitch-hiker Johnny Harte, Willem Dafoe, after his car broke down Johnny fixes the Thunderbird so that it can get to the nearest town Bowman Arizona where Beckman can get a new radiator. While at Bowman Beckman and Johnny meet two pretty local girls who happen to be sisters Jesse & Meilssa Duran, Kaaren Lee & Kate Vernon, who really take a shine to them.

The boys get a new radiator at Sam's car junkyard and Sam, Stephen Eillott, lets Beckman keep his car in his junkyard garage. Everything seems fine until the three toughs who tried to run Beckman off the road, Hoot Dink & Moss, show up and things really start to get messy.

Decent little movie with Willem Dafoe being Mr.Super-Cool as well as a pretty good guitar player. Hoot later beats the hell out of a very drunk Beckman who bet him in a game of pool at the Roadhouse Bar. It's then that Johnny comes to his rescue and ends up smashing up the entire bar in a fight with Hoot. Johnny pays for the damage that he did by going on the stage where his former band just happened to be playing and belt out a song "Marie Marie" that had the bar crowd go wild.

Later Beckman decides to enter the "Roadhouse 66" car race, a race restricted to cars that are pre-1966 models, against Hoot and his gang. It's later that his Thunderbird is set on fire in Sam the junkyard man's garage by Hoot and Sam is killed in the fire trying to put it out. With Jesse giving Beckman her car for the race Johnny who left town to get away from all this excitement and danger later shows up to race in the "Roadhouse 66" car race with Moss' car.

Moss just had it with both Hoot & Dink after they almost killed him for warning Beckman not to go to the garage where his Thunderbird was set on fire. This time the car race was a lot different then the one at the start of the film with Hoot trying to shoot out Johnny's car engine after he caused Beckman to crash his car in the race. That was after he, Hoot, secretly dropped a scorpion on the front seat that almost stung and killed Beckman.

Hoot ends up being up-ended for his effort with his car smashed and him left for dead and losing the race with both Johnny and Beckman ending up with the two girls Jesse and Melissa at the end of the film. It was brought out in the movie that the reason that Hoot gets away, until the end of the movie, with all the trouble that he causes in the town of Bowman is because his dad is a top judge in the state of Arizona.

It seemed that his dad didn't teach Hoot a very important lesson about the rule of law that would have saved him a lot of bumps and bruises which is simply: "Crime Doesn't Pay".

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