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The Joyriders (1999)

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A suicidal older man, Gordon Trout, is kidnapped for his car and money by three runaway teenagers who live on the streets. Their experiences together make them a close-knit family, but the ... See full summary »

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Gordon Trout
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Eddie
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Crystal
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Jodi
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Celeste
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Thug
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Trucker
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Foster Sister (as Jamielyn Gamboa)
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Donald Trout
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A suicidal older man, Gordon Trout, is kidnapped for his car and money by three runaway teenagers who live on the streets. Their experiences together make them a close-knit family, but the nature of the crime committed could tear them apart. The intricacies of these complex relationships are explored through an emotional story with twists and turns. Written by Anonymous

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Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, violence and drug content | See all certifications »
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6 July 1999 (Czech Republic)  »

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Oi tyhodioktes  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$26,999 (USA) (16 April 1999)

Gross:

$64,579 (USA) (28 May 1999)
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So Far From Home
Written by David Minasian
Performed by Tracy Miller
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A real hearty 'Road Trip'
5 January 2001 | by See all my reviews

This well written film explores four fundamentally different characters who each learn from one another. They start out, each with large chunks of who they are missing, and by the end they've each found out a lot about themselves and how they relate to the world.

The films lead is taken by Martin Landau, doing some of his better work. Martin plays an older man about to take his life-- but he's 'rescued' by three teen runaways who kidnap him for his money and car.

Throughout the experiences that follow we learn more about why each one of them is on the street. And through an odd series of events, Landau soon comes under suspicion by the law for kidnapping, and at the same time identifies with the kids.

By the time the movie over each character was made to face that which prevented them from being whole. Some of them manage to fill the hole, or move to do so, but one only briefly faces a fear and never comes back to meet that fear.

I was amazed at how well the movie worked... great direction, good writing.


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