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Joy Ride (2001)

R  |   |  Mystery, Thriller  |  5 October 2001 (USA)
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Three young people on a road trip from Colorado to New Jersey talk to a trucker on their CB radio, then must escape when he turns out to be a psychotic killer.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Danny (Lewis's Roommate)
Car Salesman
Officer Keeney
Salt Lake City Police Desk Clerk
McKenzie Satterthwaite ...
Asst. Salt Lake City Police Desk Clerk
Gas Station Mechanic
Kenneth White ...
Luis Cortés ...
Night Manager (as Luis Cortes)
Officer Akins
Sheriff Ritter
Gas Station Manager


College student Lewis decides to drive across the country to see Venna, a friend who doesn't know that Lewis is interested in her romantically. Unfortunately for his plans, Lewis gets saddled with his raucous-spirited older brother, Fuller, whose on-the-road pranks get the brothers and Venna sucked into a nightmare when a psychotic truckdriver takes offense. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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It was just a joke, just for fun. See more »


Mystery | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence/terror and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

5 October 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Candy Cane  »

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Box Office


$23,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$7,347,259 (USA) (5 October 2001)


£2,215,996 (UK) (24 May 2002)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


During the course of the movie, watch the LED signal strength indicator lights on the brothers' CB radio. The first four indicator lights change colors in nearly every scene, including bright green, dark green, yellow, red, and crimson. This is obviously intentional and not a series of continuity errors. See more »


When the Police truck arrives at the motel, you can see the reflection of the camera. See more »


Marine: [talking into the CB radio] Howdy, you got Black Sheep here with Mama's Boy. Who we got? over.
Fuller Thomas: Can I please get a better handle than Mama's Boy?
Marine: No.
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References Superman (1978) See more »


Not This Time
Written by Heather Bradley, Scott Donnell, Greg Offers
Performed by Deep Audio featuring Heather Bradley
Courtesy of Darc Records
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User Reviews

Sometimes, the Earth changes directions and I like a film such as this
26 May 2002 | by (Tucson, AZ) – See all my reviews

This turned out to be one the few movies I liked that was geared toward a teen audience. Steve Zahn and Paul Walker weren't natural in the roles as brothers, which embodied the very nature of their relationship. While the story became rather convoluted near the end, Rusty Nail's voice and detached presence brought some actual fear to the heart of the viewer. While the sound editing made this film, the relatively simple yet complex plot really turned this film into a satisfying movie experience.

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