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Director:
Writer (WGA):
David Chisholm (written by)
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Release Date:
15 December 1989 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
They're on a cross-country adventure to the world's greatest video championship. It's more than a game...it's the chance of a lifetime. See more »
Plot:
A boy and his brother run away from home and hitch cross country with the help of a girl they meet to compete in the ultimate video game championship. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
What can I say? This was My Childhood See more (95 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Luke Edwards ... Jimmy Woods / The Wizard
Vince Trankina ... Tate (as Vincent Leahr)

Wendy Phillips ... Christine Bateman
Dea McAllister ... Councelor

Sam McMurray ... Bateman

Beau Bridges ... Sam Woods

Fred Savage ... Corey Woods

Christian Slater ... Nick Woods
Will Seltzer ... Putnam
Roy Conrad ... Bus Clerk

Jenny Lewis ... Haley
Roderick Dexter ... Trucker #1 / Wrecking Yard Man
Ray Bickel ... Trucker #2
Chuck Skinner ... Grease Monkey
W.K. Cowan ... Salesman #1
William C. Thompson ... Salesman #2
Sonny Dukes ... Biker

T. Dan Hopkins ... Old Navajo

Jason Oliver ... Tough Teen #1
Rowden Metzger ... Tough Teen #2 (as Rowdy Metzger)
Preston Lee ... Tough Teen #3 (as Preston Scott Lee)

Beth Grant ... Diner Manager
Gregor Hesse ... Younger Boy
Jackey Vinson ... Lucas
Tom Kerley ... Pinball Teen

Frank McRae ... Spankey
Gene Skillen ... Stickman
Blair Anthony ... Hotel Security
Thomas Stanczyk ... Rick the Video Counselor
Jacqueline Lear ... Bubblegum Girl
Valana C. Hatter ... Diner Waitress
Terri Lynn Neish ... Poolside Waitress

Lee Arenberg ... Armageddon Registrar

Steven Grives ... Armageddon Announcer
Marisa DeSimone ... Mora Grissum
Zed Frizzelle ... Lucas' Buddy

Jim Pirri ... Studio Tour Guide
David D'Ovidio ... Armageddon Official
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Candice Hill ... Gamer (uncredited)

Tobey Maguire ... Lucas' Goon at Video Armageddon (uncredited)
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Directed by
Todd Holland 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
David Chisholm (written by)

Produced by
David Chisholm .... producer
Lindsley Parsons Jr. .... executive producer
Daniel Schneider .... associate producer
Ken Topolsky .... producer
 
Original Music by
J. Peter Robinson 
 
Cinematography by
Robert D. Yeoman 
 
Film Editing by
Tom Finan 
 
Casting by
Sally Lear 
 
Production Design by
Michael L. Mayer 
 
Art Direction by
Robert Sissman 
 
Set Decoration by
Claire Jenora Bowin 
 
Costume Design by
Scilla Andreen  (as Scilla Andreen-Hernandez)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mark Hansson .... dga trainee
 
Art Department
Richard F. Anderson .... carpenter
Nat Bocking .... assistant property master
Kathleen B. Cooper .... painter
Jonathan R. Hodges .... property master
Quinn Monahan .... on-set dresser
Leon Ranch Jr. .... shop construction
Stephen Tibbo .... swing
 
Sound Department
Lawrence L. Commans .... boom operator
J. Paul Huntsman .... supervising sound editor
Mortesa Rezvani .... sound mixer
Brad Sherman .... sound effects editor
 
Special Effects by
Josh Hakian .... special effects supervisor
 
Stunts
Clay Boss .... stunts
Gilbert B. Combs .... stunts
Kerrie Cullen .... stunts
Jeffrey J. Dashnaw .... stunts
Steve M. Davison .... stunts
Gardner Doolittle .... stunt performer
Andree Gibbs .... stunts
James M. Halty .... stunt coordinator
James M. Halty .... stunts
Billy Hank Hooker .... stunts
Tommy J. Huff .... stunts
John Meier .... stunts
Paula Marie Moody .... stunts
Larry Nicholas .... stunts
Bobby Porter .... stunts
George A. Sack Jr. .... stunts
Alan Gibbs .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Tom Glass .... truck action (uncredited)
Gene Hartline .... stunt driver (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Richard Arsenault .... video playback engineer
David E. Elkins .... first assistant camera: second unit
Wes Houle .... gaffer: second unit
Wes Houle .... set electrician
Bob Leitelt .... dolly grip
Zeph R. Makgetla .... assistant camera
Willie Mann .... best boy grip
Chris Morley .... gaffer
Vince Onken .... electrician
Les Percy .... key grip
Charles Smith .... grip
 
Editorial Department
John Nicolard .... color timer
Suzanne Spangler .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Michael Dittrick .... music editor
Katherine Quittner .... music editor: temp score (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Howard Bachrach .... transportation captain
 
Other crew
Alitzah .... adr loop group
Richard Arsenault .... video
David Combs .... studio teacher
John Glaeser .... assistant production office coordinator
Jonathan Glassner .... story editor
Andy Spilkoman .... production assistant
 

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  • Nintendo of America  appears by courtesy of: the "Super Mario Bros. 3" game (as Nintendo of America Inc.)
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Additional Details

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Runtime:
96 min | USA:100 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:PG | Canada:PG (Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:G (Nova Scotia) (original rating) | Canada:PG (Nova Scotia) (re-rating) (1994) | Iceland:L | New Zealand:PG | UK:PG | USA:PG (No. 30083) | West Germany:6
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Trivia:
During the scene of the finals of Video Armageddon, the last game used for the final, "Super Mario Bros. 3" was actually meant to be revealed in the film before the NES game was released. People were treated to see this paticular NES game for the first time when the film was first released into theaters.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In the first encounter between Putnam and Sam, Sam pulls out a shovel and repeatedly hits Putnam's car as he tries to leave. If you watch closely, Sam destroys the front left headlight twice. After smashing it the first time, a few seconds later it shows him hit it again as if it had not been hit yet.See more »
Quotes:
Haley:I don't get scared.
Corey:[puts on mask] Never?
[Haley punches him]
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Soundtrack:
You Don't Get MuchSee more »

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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
What can I say? This was My Childhood, 12 January 2009
Author: TheOliveBranch from United States

Well, not really. My life story doesn't resemble that of the characters in any way except for our collective love of video games. That said:

I watched this movie so many damn times as a kid it'll make your head spin. What can I say about this movie that you don't already know yourself? Fred Savage. Beau Bridges. Christian Slater. The chick from Rilo Kiley. Spanky.

And then Jimmy brings it all home.

First of all, I want to say that whatever pills the video game contest host was on, I want me some of that. Two, they should bring back the Powerglove. And three, road trip movies will never, ever die.

From Double Dragon to Ninja Gaiden or the nostalgic dinosaur park in the middle of no where, this movie will always remain a classic for me.

"Gimme, gimme, gimme...Jimmy...Woods!!!"

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