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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Boy at Wagon Wheel
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Bartender
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Old Man at Wagon Wheel
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Man at Wagon Wheel
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Another Man
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Phil
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Girl in Backseat (as Cynthia R. King)
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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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The ultimate road odyssey from the writer of 'After Hours.' See more »


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

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13 January 1993 (USA)  »

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The strange, not US like papermoney bills Gus uses in the film are Dutch Guilders, money from The Netherlands from the pre-Euro period. See more »

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When Gus is in the restaurant getting the funny glasses from the vending machine, Fleas character walks out of the kitchen and while trying to pass by with the dish pan accidentally elbows Gus in the back of the head forcing his head into the vending machine. See more »

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Boy at Picnic: Hey! That man only has one eye!
Gus: Oh, that's allright. I'm used to be the same way.
Boys Mother at Picnic: It's okay, Tommy, he doesn't mind. Go on. What's funny about the man?
Boy at Picnic: He only has one eye...
Horseshoe Player: Come on!
Boy at Picnic: He only has one eye.
Boys Mother at Picnic: Louder!
Boy at Picnic: He only has one eye!
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Featured in I Don't Know Jack (2002) See more »

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King Of The Twelve Ounce Bottles
Performed by Range War
Written by Lee Ving
Published by Range War Music
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An entertaining surreal road movie
2 February 2000 | by (England) – See all my reviews

This is an entertaining surreal road movie. It was written by Joseph Minion, who also wrote After Hours, Martin Scorsese's excellent surreal film. The film follows the adventures of a ten-year-old kid named Gus, who drives a red Ford Mustang across some fictional states with names like Tristana (A tribute to Luis Buñuel's film, perhaps?), Essex & South Lyndon, in search of eight elusive Motorama game cards from various Chimera Company gas stations. The film has a surreal feel to it because a lot of the things are unusual, like the money for instance, which is like blank paper with numbers on.

Most of the characters are nasty to Gus on his trip. They tattoo him, punch him, but this doesn't stop the kid on his relentless quest. Some oddball actors like David Lynch incumbent Jack Nance, Meat Loaf & Flea also make appearances. Jack Nance plays a motel owner, who when he first meets Gus tells him, "If you see any squirrels, give them to me". This is a movie where a man and his wife abandon their young children because the man owes Gus $100; and a mother encourages her son to raise his voice louder while speaking rudely. If you're a fan of Twin Peaks and surreal movies, you'll like this. An odd little gem of a movie.


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