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Highway 61 (1991)

R | | Comedy, Music | 24 April 1992 (USA)
A small-town barber goes on a road trip from Thunder Bay to New Orleans with an unpredictable woman and a coffin.

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Cast

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Earl Pastko ...
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Mr. Watson
Art Bergmann ...
Otto
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Customs Agent #1
Hadley Obodiac ...
Customs Agent #2
Tav Falco ...
Motorcycle Gang Leader
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Margo
Johnny Askwith ...
Claude
Namir Khan ...
Funeral Director
Steve Fall ...
Jeffrey The Corpse
Larry Hudson ...
Nathan - Manservant
Elizabeth Pritchard ...
Louise Watson
Chantal Ettles ...
Missie Watson
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Storyline

A naive Canadian barber who knows US popular culture inside and out meets a flamboyant roadie who needs someone to drive her and her "brother's" corpse to New Orleans. Chaos ensues after the barber agrees to drive her, the corpse, and the drugs stashed within all the way. Written by Anonymous

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Where else would you bury rock'n'roll? See more »

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Comedy | Music

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24 April 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A 61-es főút  »

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$291,645 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Iggy Pop was originally set to play Otto before Art Bergmann got the part. See more »

Goofs

The characters pass by Mammy's Cupboard, a restaurant that looks like a giant southern African-American woman. It is seen soon after the characters leave the Canada-Minnesota border. In reality, the restaurant is located near the opposite end of highway 61, in southern Mississippi. See more »

Quotes

Pokey Jones: I never left home, but I know every inch of this highway. I know it inside out. Ask me a question if you like: ask me anything.
Jackie Bangs: Do you wanna have sex with me?
Pokey: What?
Jackie: Do you wanna have sex?
Pokey: No, I'm fine, thank you.
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Crazy Credits

Mr. Skin can be heard speaking over the very end of the closing credits. See more »

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Followed by Hard Core Logo (1996) See more »

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War
Written by Nash the Slash
Performed by Nash the Slash and Marie Piazza
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A unique "road movie", highly recommended!
23 January 1999 | by (Kingston, Ontario) – See all my reviews

What can be said about this bizarre little gem of a movie? As a Canadian I have a soft spot for truly good homegrown film, and Bruce McDonald really delivered with this one. The "rock 'n' roll road movie" seems like a cliched category to put this in, for yes, it does involve a journey (physical and spiritual of course), and great musical atmosphere, and yet there's just something completely different. Maybe it's Valerie Buhagiar's ethereal yet calculating performance as Jackie, the roadie whose friends are far weirder than yours. It might be Don McKellar's small-town trumpet-playing barber who finds a dead man behind his shop one morning. Maybe it's the Devil chasing them in his pickup truck, claiming souls with his Polaroid camera. Oops, perhaps I've given away too much already...

At any rate, I loved this movie. It was unconventional without being consciously "arty", and was just fun to watch. Your corner video store probably won't have it (especially in the States) but if you're lucky one of the big chains will have a copy.


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