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Freeway -- Reese Witherspoon stars as a delinquent abducted by a sadistic killer (Kiefer Sutherland). Arrested and jailed for nearly killing him, she escapes to prove her innocence.  Produced by Oliver Stone, music by Danny Elfman
Freeway -- 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.
Freeway -- A twisted, teenage delinquent, on the run is abducted by a charming, but sadistic, serial killer who she tries to kill in self defense. She is arrested and escapes jail to prove her innocence


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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Kiefer Sutherland ... Bob Wolverton

Reese Witherspoon ... Vanessa Lutz

Bokeem Woodbine ... Chopper

Paul Perri ... Cop #1

Robert Peters ... Cop #2
Ben Meyerson ... Cop at Truckstop

Craig Barnett ... Cop #3
G. Eric Miles ... Cop #4

Wolfgang Bodison ... Detective Mike Breer

Dan Hedaya ... Detective Garrett Wallace
Chris Renna ... Doctor

Kathleen Marshall ... ER Nurse

Melinda Renna ... Female Anchor

Guillermo Díaz ... Flacco
Kitty Fox ... Naomi Frohlegger - Grandma
Nico Petrakis ... Girl Gang Member
Michael Merrins ... Guard

Lorna Raver ... Judge

Annette Helde ... Lady Cop

Michael T. Weiss ... Larry
Theodore Garcia ... Little Gumby
Manny Rodriguez ... Marshall

Alanna Ubach ... Mesquita
Susan Barnes ... Mrs. Cullins

Conchata Ferrell ... Mrs. Sheets

Brooke Shields ... Mimi Wolverton
Christine Mourad ... News Reporter
Julie Araskog ... Prosecutor

Amanda Plummer ... Ramona Lutz

Brittany Murphy ... Rhonda

Tara Subkoff ... Sharon
Spantaneeus Xtasy ... Staff Member
Roberta Hanley ... Teacher
Michael Kaufman ... Trick

David Andriole ... Truck Driver

Monica Lacy ... Twin #1 (as Monica Creel)

Leanna Creel ... Twin #2

Louis Mustillo ... Vanessa's Attorney
Ria Pavia ... Flo

Sydney Lassick ... Woody Wilson
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Deborah Landis ... Prison Guard (uncredited)
Bob Pepper ... Truck Stop Patron (uncredited)

Directed by
Matthew Bright 
Writing credits
Matthew Bright (written by)

Produced by
Mark Ezralow .... co-producer (as Marc Ezralow)
Samuel Hadida .... co-producer
Dan Halsted .... executive producer
Chris Hanley .... producer
Adam Merims .... co-producer (as Adam J. Merims)
Richard Rutowski .... executive producer
Oliver Stone .... executive producer
Brad Wyman .... producer
Original Music by
Danny Elfman 
Cinematography by
John Thomas (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Maysie Hoy 
Casting by
Mary Vernieu 
Production Design by
Pamela B. Warner  (as Pam Warner)
Set Decoration by
Caitlin Blue 
Costume Design by
Merrie Lawson 
Makeup Department
Brad Boles .... makeup artist: Reese Witherspoon
John Carl Buechler .... special makeup effects
John Foster .... special makeup effects
Elisabeth Fry .... key hair stylist
Elisabeth Fry .... key makeup artist
Alberto Machuca .... assistant makeup artist
David Barrett .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Frank Hildebrand .... unit production manager
Linda Pallin .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Athena Alexander .... second assistant director
Timothy Bird .... first assistant director (as T. Bird)
Chad Rosen .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Wendy L. Backs .... art department intern
Barbara Benz .... prop master
Jacqui Cohen .... prop intern
Beth Emerson .... leadperson: set dressing
Crystal Foth .... swing gang (as Crystal M. Foth)
Andy Friend .... storyboard artist
Rebecca Hammett .... key scenic artist
James Jewett .... swing gang
James Kroning .... prop assistant
Joubin Mortazavi .... on-set dresser
Ramin Mortazavi .... on-set dresser
Scott Stockus .... prop assistant (as Scott Stuckus)
Heli Syrjanen .... art department intern
Rudy Balli .... assistant key scenic artist (uncredited)
Sound Department
Bryan Arenas .... assistant re-recording mixer
Eric Behrend .... dialogue pre-mixer
Dickran Bezirgenian .... adr recordist
Arman Boyles .... foley recordist
Dorian Cheah .... dialogue editor
Dee Dee Davis .... sound account executive
Al Decker .... adr supervisor
Tim Drury .... boom operator
Nancy Eytcheson .... audio post coordinator
Stephen Fitzmaurice .... assistant re-recording mixer
Leigh French .... adr coordinator
Don Gooch .... sound effects editor
Paul Holzborn .... foley artist
Kurt Kassulke .... sound re-recording mixer
Mark Linden .... adr supervisor
John Post .... foley artist
Paul Ratajczak .... sound re-recording mixer
Paul Ratajczak .... sound supervisor
Eddie Rogers .... assistant dialogue editor
Dennis Sager .... director of engineering
Steven J. Venezia .... consultant: Dolby (as Steven J. Venezla)
Ed White .... sound mixer
Special Effects by
Vincent Montefusco .... special effects coordinator (as Vince Montefusco)
Beecher Tomlinson .... special effects foreman
Troy Gilbert .... stunt coordinator
Thomas Robinson Harper .... stunt player (as Tom Harper)
Jill Stokesberry .... stunt player
Nancy Thurston .... stunt player
Camera and Electrical Department
Laurent Basset .... camera operator: documentary segment
Phil Cohen .... first assistant camera
Nelson Elwell .... dolly grip
Ali Farboud .... gaffer
Jenifer Galvez .... electrician
Nicola Goode .... additional still photographer
Ronnie Gotch .... electrician
Kelly Jones .... grip
Philip Jordan .... electrician (as Phillip C. Jordan)
Victor Macias .... grip
John Joseph Minardi .... key grip (as John Minardi)
Keith Morgan .... best boy electric
Robert Nichols .... camera associate
Christopher Patak .... second assistant camera
Alan M. Rowe .... electrician
Don Spiro .... electrician
Justin Webber .... camera loader
David C. Wright .... grip (as David Wright)
Lesa-Ann Wyman .... still photographer
Casting Department
Annette Benson .... additional casting
Jeremy Kinser .... additional casting
Alyssa Weisberg .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Andrea Burrows .... costumer
Tricia Cruikshank .... costumer
Nadine Haders .... costume supervisor
Sarit .... costumer
Editorial Department
Linda DeMarco .... color timer (as Linda Altman)
Teresa Garber .... post-production coordinator (as Teresa Cintron)
Melissa Gearhart .... assistant editor
Vanessa Hayes .... post-production executive
Lisa Jacobs .... post-production assistant
Bob McMillian .... color timer
Jud Pratt .... post-production assistant
Music Department
Mark Boccaccio .... music editor
Gerry Gershman .... music supervisor
Bruce Greenspan .... music editor
Captain Groundhog .... score engineer: Tito Larriva's score
Bill Jackson .... score engineer: Danny Elfman's score
Tito Larriva .... composer: additional music
Charlie Midnight .... score producer: Tito Larriva's score
Spencer Proffer .... music consultant
Amy Rosen .... music coordinator
Tito & Tarantula .... score performer: Tito Larriva's score (as Tarantula)
Transportation Department
Hedy Phil Balani .... driver: production van (as Hedy P. Balani)
Mike Barattini .... driver: honeywagon (as Michael Anthony Barattini)
Mitchell Bergman .... transportation coordinator
Jeff Freitas .... driver
Aaron H.R. Hassman .... driver (as Aaron Hassman)
Chris Mendoza .... transportation captain
Other crew
Raphael Zeno Beck .... assistant: Richard Rutowski
Deena Berezin .... office production assistant
Scott Braddock .... assistant: Brad Wyman
Robin Burrell .... production assistant
Paul Candice .... craft service
Mindy J. Cole .... assistant: Dan Halsted (as Mindy Cole)
Karin Elsener .... illustrator: main titles
Jean-Yves Fillion .... production financing
Stephen Fishman .... office production assistant
Monica Foster .... assistant: Kiefer Sutherland
Danielle Frankl .... assistant to accountant (as Danielle Alon)
Isobel Gardner .... misc crew
Carol Gronner .... set production assistant (as Carol J. Gronner)
Mark Habegger .... key set production assistant
Samuel Hadida .... presenter
Julie Hannum .... location manager
Douglas Hansen .... production financing
Aaron H.R. Hassman .... studio teacher (as Aaron Hassman)
Steven F. Hasson .... additional locations (as Steve Hasson)
Gabriel Hernandez .... caterer
Oliver Hooper .... stand-in: Kiefer Sutherland
Tim Hughes .... medic (as Tim Hughs)
Eddie Kish .... assistant: Oliver Stone
Ramsey Malouky .... electronic press kit producer
Theresa Marth .... production coordinator
Michael Mendelsohn .... production financing
Stevie Nelson .... additional locations
Ragna Nervik .... assistant: Matthew Bright
Michael Noonan .... office production assistant
Courtney Pakiz .... stand-in: Reese Witherspoon (as Courtney Pakis)
Dan Perri .... title designer: main title sequence
Timothy Wayne Peternel .... assistant: Chris Hanley (as Tim Peternel)
James Radshaw .... set production assistant
Alicia Rivera Frankl .... production accountant (as Alicia Frankl)
Alicia Rivera Frankl .... production accountant
Jeff Rubinstein .... location manager
Keenan Rutowski .... set production assistant
J.S. Shoe .... script supervisor
Pilo Silva .... caterer (as Philo Silba)
Nick Steenolsen .... set production assistant
Peter Stevens .... location assistant
Annie Tien .... assistant: Oliver Stone (as Annie Mei-Ling Tein)
Jennifer Wittlinger .... assistant production coordinator
Enid Zentelis .... office production assistant
Michael Haddad .... craft service (uncredited)
Azita Zendel .... assistant: Oliver Stone (uncredited)
David Andriole .... special thanks
Carol Sue Baker .... special thanks
Spencer Baumgarten .... special thanks
Max Bright .... special thanks
Julie Christensen .... special thanks
Richard Elfman .... special thanks (as Rick Elfman)
Laura Engel .... special thanks
Jay Faires .... special thanks
James Feeney .... special thanks
Wayne L. Greene .... special thanks
Vanessa Hayes .... special thanks
Diana Hellyer .... special thanks
David Hirshland .... special thanks
Jerry Horan .... special thanks
Brian Kibbie .... special thanks
Jeffrey Kimball .... special thanks
Michael Klein .... special thanks
Bob Knight .... special thanks
Blair Kohan .... special thanks (as Blair Belcher)
Richard Kraft .... special thanks
Jonathan Krauss .... special thanks (as Jon Krauss)
Bill Lazerus .... special thanks
Pat Lucas .... special thanks
J. Michael Marlett .... special thanks
Michael T. Marlett .... special thanks
William H.D. Marlett .... special thanks (as Willie Marlett)
Meredith Marshall .... special thanks
Michael Mavrolas .... special thanks
Roger Mayer .... special thanks
Jonathan McHugh .... special thanks
Dave McNeill .... special thanks
Stefanie Naifeh .... special thanks
Tom Osborne .... special thanks
Walter Partos .... special thanks
Alicia Rose .... special thanks (as Alicia J. Rose)
Reid Shane .... special thanks
Jay Sherman-Godfrey .... special thanks
Jeremy Tepper .... special thanks (as Jermey Tepper)
Ben Vaughn .... special thanks
Marty Wereski .... special thanks
Kerri Wilson .... special thanks
Gus Wyman .... special thanks
Robert A. Wyman .... special thanks
Spantaneeus Xtasy .... special thanks (as Sharon Johnson)
Laura Young .... special thanks

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
Rated R for strong lurid violence and sexual dialogue, some sexual situations, drug content and language (edited for re-rating)
110 min | Australia:97 min | France:102 min | USA:102 min (cut version)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:R (edited for re-rating) | Australia:Refused Classification (original rating) | Brazil:18 | Canada:R (Ontario) | Canada:16+ (Québec) | Finland:K-16 (video premiere) | France:-16 | Germany:16 | Iceland:16 | Italy:VM14 | Japan:PG-12 | Mexico:B | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R18 | South Korea:18 | Spain:18 | UK:18 (video premiere) | USA:R (No. 34357) (edited for re-rating) | USA:NC-17 (original rating)
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

The photo of Vanessa's father that she shows to Bob is of mass murderer Richard Speck.See more »
Continuity: When the girls are sitting in the plastic chairs watching the TV in the jail hall, in one shot Mesquita bends down and leans against the only empty plastic chair. Then in the following shot she's not there.See more »
Vanessa:He had this disease, called, um, Wisenheimers, I think. You know, where your brain cells run out into your pee.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Welcome to Hollywood (1998)See more »
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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Dark, disgusting and utterly wonderful., 11 November 2010
Author: Spikeopath from United Kingdom

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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