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Joy Ride (2001)

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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Danny (Lewis's Roommate)
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Car Salesman
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Officer Keeney
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Salt Lake City Police Desk Clerk
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Night Manager (as Luis Cortes)
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Sheriff Ritter
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Gas Station Manager
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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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Don't play with strangers See more »

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Mystery | Thriller

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

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5 October 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Candy Cane  »

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$23,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$21,973,182 (USA) (4 January 2002)
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For the nighttime chase scenes, the headlights of the trucks and cars were replaced by aircraft landing lights for extra brightness. This helped to bring down the exposure enough to keep the sky consistently black even at early dawn. See more »

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Table Rock is depicted as being bigger than it is in real life. In reality it is no more than an encampment for oil workers. See more »

Quotes

Lewis Thomas: You should call home every once in a while. You know, when you don't need bail money?
Fuller Thomas: Yeah, but how often is that?
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References American Justice (1992) See more »

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Everybody Loves Me But You
Written by Dub Albritten, Ronnie Self
Performed by Brenda Lee
Courtesy of MCA Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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"How about that one 'Candy Cane', cum'on...break, break!"
12 March 2002 | by (Orange County, CA USA) – See all my reviews

In "Joy Ride", two brothers (Zhan & Walker) get involved with a big rig driver over the CB radio while on the open road. They set him up as a practical joke and unleash all hell on themselves as the unseen subject of their prank, known only as "Rusty Nail", turns out to be a maniacal killer. "Joy Ride" is a well crafted thriller which methodically builds suspense while avoiding the usual gore and guts of horror flicks. With only a few plot holes, this thriller should keep most on the edge of their seats. Worth a look especially for those who enjoyed "Duel" (circa 1971) which is now circulating on cable.


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