A ten year-old boy runs away from his abusive parents, steals a Mustang, and rides off playing a surreal video game.

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Gus
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Michael Naegel ...
Boy at Wagon Wheel
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Bartender
Harper Flaherty ...
Old Man at Wagon Wheel
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Man at Wagon Wheel
Kurt Bryant ...
Another Man
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Phil
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Girl in Backseat (as Cynthia R. King)
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Andy
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Lou
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Busboy
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A ten year old boy gets tired of life with abusive parents and cashes in his piggy bank and steals a Mustang. He rides off into a surreal America playing "Motorama," a game sponsored by Chimera Gas Company. He has various encounters with different people, and eventually reaches the Chimera Gas Company where he finds they are not playing by the rules of the game. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Rated R for language and a scene of sensuality | See all certifications »

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Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers is the bus boy in a diner that the boy comes across. See more »

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Near the end of the movie, Gus is driving the car and we see a close-up of his feet, so that we can see him driving with the stilts. There is a rip in his blue jeans, but in shots before and after there is no rip. See more »

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Doctor: [checks Gus' eye] Yeah, it's pretty nasty. It is a pretty nasty wound. Did you hit him?
Darrell, Kidnapping Husband: Me? Yeah. I would... I would have to admit that I hit him, yes.
Doctor: Well, I can save his eye but I'm going to have to operate on your son tonight.
Kidnapping Wife: He's not our...
Darrell, Kidnapping Husband: [laughs for stop his wife] Tonight? You have to operate tonight?
Doctor: Yes. Otherwise he's lose his sight. It's plain and simple.
Darrell, Kidnapping Husband: Aga... A-a... OK. Yeah... I guess he'll have to lose his sight.
Doctor: What? I didn't heard that...
Darrell, Kidnapping Husband: I said, I guess it's our decision, ...
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King Of The Twelve Ounce Bottles
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One of the great "lost" road movies.
31 July 2002 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

Too bad 'Motorama' never found an audience that would appreciate it! Misleadingly thought by some to be a kids movie, it is closer in spirit to David Lynch's stylized surreal looks at the "real" America. Jordan Christopher Michael plays a young boy who runs away from home, and travel across America in a stolen car. Only it isn't exactly America as we know it. At a gas station he is given some "motorama" cards, which are part of a competition which has a possible 500 million dollar prize. He slowly becomes obsessed with the game as he continues on his increasingly bizarre trip, which sees him encounter a strange bunch of oddballs, eccentrics and weirdos. He even loses an eye along the way! The nutters he interacts with are played by an amazing array of character actors and cult figures including Lynch favourite Jack Nance ('Eraserhead'), Susan Tyrrell ('Flesh and Blood'), Mary Woronov ('Eating Raoul'), Michael J. Pollard ('Bonnie And Clyde'), John Diehl ('Stripes'), Dick Miller ('A Bucket Of Blood'), Robert Picardo ('Innerspace'), Flea, Meatloaf, and a teenage Drew Barrymore (note sleaze fans - a pre-breast reduction teenage Drew Barrymore!). This movie is easily overlooked in the video racks - especially with its misleading "Home Alone meets Thelma And Louise" packaging - but it is really worth watching. Fans of quirky road movies like 'Wild At Heart', 'Highway 61' or 'Roadside Prophets' should enjoy this quietly subversive dark fantasy, which in my opinion is one of the most unfairly overlooked movies of the last ten years or so.


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