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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 <>

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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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To avoid the unpleasant effects of having to remove Scotch tape from Leelee Sobieski's hair and skin after the take, she was tied up with a strong, thick plastic film (like thick Saran Wrap) which looked like tape and stuck almost like tape, but which was glueless, making its removal simple and fuss-free. See more »


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


Fuller Thomas: Stay the fuck back, man. I've got a gun!
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Good little chiller
26 March 2002 | by (Woodbridge,VA) – See all my reviews

Joy Ride is a good scary movie. What makes the film scary is the lack of a monster, the villain is a real crazy guy who can easily find you.John Dahl makes the film suspenseful with it's dark tone and swift camera angles and the cast all play their roles effectively. I give it *** out of ****.

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