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Far from Home (1989)

 -  Thriller  -  30 June 1989 (USA)
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A teenage girl and her father driving cross-country become stranded when their car runs out of gas in a remote Nevada desert town and they're forced to stay in a dilapidated trailer park where a serial killer lurks.

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Charlie Cox is a divorced writer who lives in Los Angeles. Charlie and his daughter Joleen are on their way home from a cross country vacation when they run out of gas in Banco, Nevada; a small town located in a remote part of the desert. It's one day before Jolene's 14th birthday. Charlie and Joleen check a nearby gas station owned by a Vietnam war veteran named Duckett, but Duckett doesn't have any gas, so they head to the local supermarket to find a phone. Sheriff Bill Childers is in the store and he advises them to go to the trailer park to ask for gas. Joleen spots the body of the store's owner, Ferrell Hogus, in a pool of blood. The Sheriff states that the murderer is most likely a drifter. The man and daughter check into the nearby Palomino Guest Ranch and Trailer Park, which is owned by a hostile woman named Agnes Reed. Whilst her father uses the phone, Joleen speaks to Agnes's rebellious teenage son, Jimmy Reed, who she briefly came into contact with earlier at the gas ... Written by Todd Baldridge

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A safety harness is visible when Pinky is chasing Joleen up the ladder of the microwave relay tower and the mechanism it is attached to is rolling up the front of the ladder with her. See more »

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Pinky Sears: [Last distraught lines] I thought you loved me?
[gets shot in the thigh causing him to lose his balance]
Pinky Sears: ... Bye.
Joleen Cox: [screams as Pinky falls onto an antenna impaling him] NO!
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Size Up Drew Barrymore
9 May 2014 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

On their way home to Los Angeles, sexy 13-year-old Drew Barrymore (as Joleen Cox) and her writer father Matt Frewer (as Charlie) run out of gas in a small Nevada town. Because the town is out of gas, they must stay. Almost immediately, Barrymore goes for a swim. Her father tells Barrymore to keep her shirt on until she gets to the pool, but she looks just as good in the shirt. Wearing a hot halter top, black bikini and wet T-shirt gets Ms. Barrymore noticed by the men in town. Most likely to hook up with young Barrymore are macho "bad boy" Andras Jones (as Jimmy Reed) and athletic "nerd" Anthony Rapp (as Pinky Sears). While we wonder which of the attractive young men will take it home to Barrymore, the town is rocked by a series of grisly murders...

Like her character, Barrymore was 13 going on 14 when filming "Far from Home". Despite her youngish years, Barrymore is directed and photographed to highlight her sexual attraction at all times. Her presentation is reminiscent of the earlier promotion of Brooke Shields. It is interesting how Hollywood promotes barely legal youth as sex objects, then scolds viewers for naughty thoughts. The intent is obvious. This film is rather routine, but it moves along and has some moments. The older stars are fun, especially trashy trailer park mother Susan Tyrrell (as Agnes Reed), but the camera follows the younger cast members. The best Barrymore scene is her bouncy wet T-shirt swim and chase. Even if it means sacrificing wardrobe continuity, she is directed to excite.

***** Far from Home (6/30/89) Meiert Avis ~ Drew Barrymore, Anthony Rapp, Andras Jones, Matt Frewer


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