Freeway (1996)

R  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Drama  |  3 September 1997 (France)
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A twisted take on 'Little Red Riding Hood' with a teenage juvenile delinquent on the run from a social worker traveling to her grandmother's house and being hounded by a charming, but sadistic, serial killer/pedophile.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Cop #1
Cop #2
Ben Meyerson ...
Cop at Truckstop
Cop #3
G. Eric Miles ...
Cop #4
Detective Mike Breer
Chris Renna ...
ER Nurse
Female Anchor
Kitty Fox ...
Naomi Frohlegger - Grandma


Little Red Riding Hood for the 1990's: After her mom and step-dad are arrested, 15-year-old Vanessa Lutz decides that instead of once again being put into a foster home, she'd rather go and search for the grandmother she's never met, and live with her. "On the way to grandma's house," (actually a trailer park) Vanessa's car breaks down, and she's picked up from the side of the road by Bob Wolverton, a counselor at a school for troubled boys. Bob slowly earns Vanessa's trust, and eventually convinces her to talk about her sexual abuse at the hands of her stepfather. When Vanessa realizes that Bob is enjoying what she's saying, she realizes that he's "The I-5 Killer," from the news. She tries to get out of his truck, but the inside door handle has been removed... Written by Daniel Aubrey White <>

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Her life is no fairy tale. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong lurid violence and sexual dialogue, some sexual situations, drug content and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

3 September 1997 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Auto-Estrada do Inferno  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)

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Originally rated NC-17, reduced to R after the removal of some explicit dialogue. See more »


When Vanessa is attacking Bob in the caravan, she knocks a plant and some other items down, then she strangles Bob. However when the detective goes to look at Bob's body, the plant has vanished from the floor, and the mess made around Bob is different. See more »


Vanessa Lutz: You fucker! You killed my grandma!
Bob Wolverton: That's not all I did to grandma.
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Crazy Credits

Except for the main characters of Bob (Kiefer Sutherland) and Vanessa (Reese Witherspoon), the rest of the cast is listed alphabetically according to the character's name. See more »


Referenced in Modern Vampires (1998) See more »


Written by Bruce Sterling and Miles Christensen
Performed by Duce -5
Published by Grooveyard Music Inc.
Courtesy of Grooveyard Music
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Dark, disgusting and utterly wonderful.
11 November 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Freeway is written and directed by Matthew Bright. It stars Reese Witherspoon, Kiefer Sutherland, Dan Hedaya, Wolfgang Bodison, Brooke Shields & Brittany Murphy. Plot is darkly based around the Little Red Riding Hood fairy tale and sees young runaway Vanessa Lutz (Witherspoon) hit the road after her parents are arrested. Setting off to visit her grandmother she agrees to a lift from the kind and well spoken Bob Wolverton (Sutherland), only to find that he's not as nice as she first thought. He in turn is in for a big surprise himself since Vanessa is more than capable of looking after herself.

Twisted and richly humorous, Matthew Bright's movie oozes originality and quite frankly deserves to be better appreciated: never mind better known! Going into it for a first time completely oblivious to its structure will arguably aid the experience. Suffice to say that the less known about it prior to viewing it the better. All I have to say is that it's violent, sweary and contains very sexually explicit dialogue, so if those things are likely to offend then perhaps stay away from it. But what if I offer up that those things are dealt with a satirical bent? That the tough scenes, and some of them are very tough, are basis to a caustic narrative about social hypocrisy and the often stupidity of the law? Interested? You should be, because once viewed you're unlikely to forget it. It's no surprise to see Oliver Stone's name etched onto the production credits, since this very much feels like a dirty second cousin to his Natural Born Killers. I'd argue that here we have the better acted film with Witherspoon and Sutherland giving virtuoso performances: with admirable support coming from the likes of Bodison, Shields and Murphy.

One of the most undervalued film's of the 90s? You bet it is! 8.5/10

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