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Dead End Drive-In (1986)

 -  Action | Drama | Horror  -  August 1986 (USA)
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In the near future, drive-in theatres are turned into concentration camps for the undesirable and unemployed. The prisoners don't really care to escape because they are fed and they have a ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ned Manning ...
Crabs
Natalie McCurry ...
Carmen
Peter Whitford ...
Thompson
Wilbur Wilde ...
Hazza
Dave Gibson ...
Dave
Sandie Lillingston ...
Beth
Ollie Hall ...
Frank
Lyn Collingwood ...
Fay
Nikki McWaters ...
Shirl
Melissa Davis ...
Narelle
Margi Di Ferranti ...
Jill
Desirée Smith ...
Tracey (as Desiree Smith)
Murray Fahey ...
Mickey
...
Jeff
Brett Climo ...
Don
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In the near future, drive-in theatres are turned into concentration camps for the undesirable and unemployed. The prisoners don't really care to escape because they are fed and they have a place to live which is, in most cases, probably better than the outside. Crabs and his girlfriend Carmen are put into the camp and all Crabs wants to do is escape. Written by Josh Pasnak <chainsaw@intouch.bc.ca>

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There's a party every day, a movie every night, and all the junk food you can eat. What more can a kid want... except to get out. See more »


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An explosive sci-fi thriller, above average.
24 June 1999 | by (Princeton Jct. NJ) – See all my reviews

I really enjoyed Dead End Drive In. This is a sci-fi film with great looking sets, decent acting and an illogical story line. Put it all together and add a few explosions and you have a fantastic ride.

The film tells the story of Crabs a young man who borrows his brother's car and goes to the drive in with a date. Then the government steals his tires and he is forced to live at the Drive In with about a hundred other teens who are also stuck there. It is never clearly explained WHY the government wants them to stay there (or even which government). Director Brian Trenchard-Smith makes the most of the story and pulls off some rather clever camera work. An aside from a racism subplot that is never really resolved, the story never drags. The sets are very extravagant and include some very funny touches (a poster for Rambo 8 hangs in one scene). Overall, the film is fun and is really good for anyone who likes futuristic, tongue in cheek sci-fi flicks.


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