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Free Ride (1986)

R | | Comedy | 17 January 1986 (USA)
A group of teenagers borrow a car, unaware that gangsters have stashed mob money in it. The gangsters are determined to get the money back, but the teens, inspired by the Rambo movies, fight back.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dan Garten
Greg Novak
Dawn Schneider ...
Jill Monroe
Carl Beluga
Brian MacGregor ...
Elmer Reynolds
Dean Stockwell
Debbie Stockwell
Kathy (as Babette Props)
Edgar Ness
Anthony Charnota ...
Vinnie Garbagio
Mario Marcelino ...
Vito Garbagio
Murray Garbagio
Mr. Stanley Lennox
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Frank Campanella ...
Old Man Garbagio


A group of teenagers borrow a car, unaware that gangsters have stashed mob money in it. The gangsters are determined to get the money back, but the teens, inspired by the Rambo movies, fight back.

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Free Ride
Composed by Jeff Lantz and Joel Atkins
Performed by Laura Martier
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A great fun ride of a movie, Hershberger style
13 February 2013 | by See all my reviews

Some guys have got it so easy. They're so cool, you wanna be just like them. Such is the case with Free Ride. Hershberger, who played a more introverted and insecure guy in his prior hit, Paradise Motel, plays a overly smug, take life day by day, sort of guy. Cracking a hot, and slightly older chick, feeding her a corny line about his Nam days. It isn't long before they're coasting along in a corvette, that isn't his by the way. Neither is the mob money stashed under his seat. Re- attending this old college of his, using it as a sort of safe haven, reunited with one of his old buddies, he couldn't of had it better. His grades go from D's To A's. He has the school shed, spick and span, without having to lift a finger, only when attached to a hand, containing notes he supplies to his workers, a hundred a pop. But the mob is moving in, where soon the walls start close in, with Hershberger, finally having to admit to his pals about his jackpot. On campus, we have a lot of fun too, with Hershberger, stumbling across a short hottie, taking a shower. One lucky, nerdy sort, SOB, is forced to share a bed with her, he actually complains about it. Hershberger and pals too perv on a couple of nudies in a shower block, from a telescope, sort of reminiscent with Porky's. Near the end, things take a serious turn when these idiot mobsters snatch Hershberger's girl, a blonde hottie, who he also uses the Nam line on, this girl, also finding it a crock. Now they must hatch a plan to get her back, even if involves some camouflage, and a plan of attack, army style, as these mob guys are no dummies. We too have 21 Jump Street's Peter De luise as a bullying peer who gets in one hell of a sticky situation, you would way, involving wacky glue. Shouldn't of filled that little hottie's bed with shaving cream. Free Ride is one of the most exciting comedies of 86. It's such great fun, and has a coolness about it, especially when you have Hershberger steering the film, much more a t.v. actor by his resume, this flick, one of only a couple he did, which is a shame. He has great appeal as an actor.

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