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Writer (WGA):
Tedi Sarafian (written by)
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7 May 1994 (South Korea) See more »
The highway to hell
At a desert truck stop, a gang of joyriders kidnaps a man's family and kills his brother. The local sheriff is of no help, so the man goes after them himself. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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A freaky, early Miramax outing that tries unsuccessfully to be a "Hot Rods to Hell" homage See more (15 total) »


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Christopher Lambert ... Jack

Craig Sheffer ... Cliff

David Arquette ... Bobby

Josh Brolin ... Tom

Michelle Forbes ... Helen

Joseph Gordon-Levitt ... Rich

Michael Greene ... Sheriff Hodes

Alexondra Lee ... Ashley

Christopher McDonald ... Glen

John Pyper-Ferguson ... Hauser
Richard C. Sarafian ... Trucker (as Richard Sarafian)

Adrienne Shelly ... Red
Patrick Thompson ... Local
Guy Galley ... Chicken Farmer

Pamela Gordon ... Clerk
Pat Millicano ... Clerk's Son
Jack Rader ... Wilcox
Patricia Murtaugh ... Mechanic's Daughter
Kay Cole ... Mechanic's Wife
Joe La Due ... Mechanic
Lou Calangelo ... Officer
Kurt Verbaarschott ... Officer
George Salazar ... Milo
Joseph D'Angelo ... Marksman
Ernest Smith ... Cortez (as Ernest 'Sly' Smith)

Paulo Tocha ... Garcia
Richard Sarafian Jr. ... Shaller
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chris Biorn ... Bobby / David Arquette (uncredited)

Directed by
Deran Sarafian 
Writing credits
Tedi Sarafian (written by)

Produced by
John Flock .... producer
Conrad Hool .... executive producer
Lance Hool .... producer
Paul L. Newman .... executive producer
Tedi Sarafian .... co-producer
Bob Weinstein .... executive producer
Harvey Weinstein .... executive producer
Original Music by
Les Hooper 
Cinematography by
James L. Carter 
Film Editing by
Peck Prior 
Casting by
Terry Liebling 
Production Design by
Jonathan A. Carlson 
Set Decoration by
Susan Degus 
Costume Design by
Poppy Cannon-Reese 
Makeup Department
Nancy Baca .... assistant hair stylist
Nancy Baca .... assistant makeup artist
Laura Connolly .... key hair stylist
Ashley Scott .... assistant hair stylist
Ashley Scott .... assistant makeup artist
Jeanne Van Phue .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Clark Henderson .... post-production supervisor
Thomas John Kane .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kelly Cantley .... second assistant director
Chase Newhart .... first assistant director
Art Department
Christopher Amy .... property master
Jeremy Cassells .... construction coordinator (as Jeremy A. Cassells)
Lisa Goldsmith .... assistant set decorator
Christian Klump .... scenic artist
Héctor López .... assistant property master
Kim McClees .... assistant property master
Chris T. Nelson .... lead man
Renato Raposo .... carpenter
Jennifer Sauer .... storyboard artist
Doug Wilson .... on-set dresser
Sound Department
Neal J. Anderson .... dialogue editor
Dana Austin .... adr recordist (as Dana Porter)
Joseph D. Citarella .... re-recording mixer
Lawrence L. Commans .... boom operator (as Larry Commans)
Patrick Cyccone Jr. .... re-recording mixer
Shari Fieldhouse .... foley assistant
Amy S. Hoffberg .... sound editor
Chris James .... foley recordist
Deshanta Joyner .... assistant dialogue editor
David Kneupper .... sound designer
David Kneupper .... sound supervisor
A. Elizabeth Tobin Kurtz .... sound assistant
Peter J. Lehman .... sound designer
Dan Marshall .... assistant dialogue editor
Dave McMoyler .... adr editor
Travis Meck .... additional sound
Anthony Miceli .... sound editor
John Miceli .... additional sound (as John J. Miceli)
Scott Mosteller .... sound editor
Marti Richa .... foley artist
Shane Shemko .... foley artist
Peter Smolian .... adr mixer
Steven Tornabene .... sound production assistant
Bill Voigtlander .... adr editor
Stephan von Hase .... sound mixer
Cam Wagner .... foley artist
Special Effects by
Greg Landerer .... special effects coordinator
Lee Alan McConnell .... special effects technician (as L.A. McConnell)
Jim Connors .... stunts
Tammy Brady Conrad .... stunts
Tim A. Davison .... stunts
Shane Dixon .... stunts
Lance Gilbert .... stunts
Tom Harper .... stunts
Rosie Heeter .... stunts
Steve Holladay .... stunts
Buddy Joe Hooker .... stunts
Joel Kramer .... stunts
Cher Meier .... stunts
John Meier .... stunt coordinator
Noon Orsatti .... stunts
Chad Randall .... stunts
Mic Rodgers .... stunts
Birgit K. Schier .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Antar Abderrahman Jr. .... electrician
Tim Barry .... second assistant camera
Marsha Blackburn .... still photographer (as Marsha Blackburn LaMarca)
Alan Colbert .... electrician
Glen Deitell .... assistant camera: "b" camera
Glen Deitell .... assistant camera: "c" camera
Deena DeNaro .... camera loader
David W. Donoho .... key grip
David Elmore .... assistant camera: "b" camera (as Dave Elmore)
Mark Gutterud .... first assistant camera
Jason D. Hodges .... grip
Rick Kangrga .... grip
Derrick Kolus .... gaffer
David Luckenbach .... Steadicam operator
David Luckenbach .... camera operator
Marc Meeks .... video assist technician
Darryl Murchison .... best boy electric
John C. Nadeau .... electrician
David Salamone .... best boy grip
Jim Thibo .... assistant camera: "b" camera
Jim Thibo .... assistant camera: "c" camera
Steve Titus .... dolly grip
Scott Toland .... electrician
Robert Daniel .... grip and lighting equipment rental liaison (uncredited)
Casting Department
Marilee Lear .... casting: Las Vegas
David Liebling .... casting assistant
Roy M. Rosenbluth .... casting coordinator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Diane Cornelius .... wardrobe supervisor
Brenda Donoho .... set costumer
Editorial Department
Gary Burritt .... negative cutter
Barry Dresner .... first assistant film editor
Jim Passon .... color timer
Gregory Plotkin .... apprentice film editor
Location Management
Bill Perkins .... location manager
Gary Rapp .... location manager
Music Department
Jim Baldree .... music editor
Jeff Charbonneau .... music editor
Seth Kaplan .... music supervisor
Eeda Kitto .... assistant music editor
Transportation Department
Mark Brown .... driver: production van
William P. Davis .... transportation captain
Shane Summers .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Elizabeth S. Barton .... script supervisor
Debra Bone .... craft service
Valerie Burnley .... craft service
Chip Fowler .... production coordinator
Charles W. Francis .... 1st assistant accountant
Rosie Heeter .... stand-in
S. Bryan Hickox .... representative of film financing
Kristi Lake .... assistant coordinator
Christine McMahon .... assistant production coordinator
Bob Morris .... stand-in
Richard Sarafian Jr. .... second unit coordinator
Todd Spangler .... stand-in
Cynthia Wise .... production accountant

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Rated R for violence, pervasive threat and strong language
89 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Although the film was shot in Panavision (2.35:1 framing), the majority of the DVD releases of the film are presented in a re-framed full screen ratio of 1.33:1.See more »
Continuity: Cliff wants a police radio, Cortez drives a car to send it to him. This car has Dodge front and Ford rear.See more »
[first lines]
Helen:[lights up a cigarette]
Ashley:Dad, could you pull over...
Ashley:I need some air.
Helen:Oh, Ashley, if it bothers you, you should have told me, I would have waited.
Ashley:It doesn't bother me, I just can't handle it every three seconds.
Helen:Well, I don't think I smoke every three seconds.
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Referenced in Unikal'noe pozdravlenie (2014)See more »


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3 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
A freaky, early Miramax outing that tries unsuccessfully to be a "Hot Rods to Hell" homage, 30 July 2011
Author: bob_meg from United States

This one reminds me of the outer limits ultra-DIY stuff that Miramax was experimenting with in the '80s before they went "legit" with "respectable" art-house fare around 1989.

"The Road Killers" is from a few years after that but you can still see the yearning to be on the cool, cutting edge of the alternafence. It's also extremely interesting (at first, at least) because you get to see sneak peeks at very young versions of some of today's biggest actors (Josh Brolin, David Arquette, Chris MacDonald, a 7 or 8-year old Joseph Gordon-Levitt).

This film doesn't take itself seriously in the least, and that could very well have been intentional as it seems to deliberately ape the sadistic-teen-hoods-go-on-a-rampage genre ala "Hot Rods to Hell." The lead thug, Craig Sheffer (never a very good actor, unfortunately, and a very ham-fisted villain in many flicks) does and says all the hateful things at all the right times, but can't get beyond his ridiculous Motley Crue wig (I really hope it is a wig, for his sake). Brolin and Arquette have scant little to do, and the "good guys," with the exception of MacDonald, never get us very revved up to root for them in the first place.

The script is a complete disaster with long, intermittent stretches where there is no action whatsoever, and the characters are too shallow and boring to expound upon. This is supposed to be an action picture, but it ends up as more of an overlong parody of one.

A huge, wasted opportunity, as nobody had the guts to make deliberately different mainstream films back in the day, except Miramax. Now, they wouldn't touch this kind of stuff with a ten foot pole, unless it was to be helmed by Rodrigeuz or Tarantino.

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