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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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Car Salesman
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Salt Lake City Police Desk Clerk
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Storyline

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)  »

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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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Joy Ride and Joy Ride 2 are both littered with alumni from the series Supernatural. In the first Joy Ride, Jim Beaver (Bobby Singer on S'pn) plays the Sheriff. In Joy Ride 2, Mackenzie Gray (The Djinn on S'pn) played a bartender, Gardiner Millar (Marv and a Wraith, 2 different eps of S'pn) plays the Mortician, while one of the film's main characters, Melissa, is played by Nicki Aycox (Meg 1.0 from S'pn). See more »

Goofs

When they first get the CB radio, the antenna switches from the left to the right side of the Newport and back again (the film is flipped). When the antenna is seen on the right side, the rear bumper of the car appears smooth with the prominent dents missing. See more »

Quotes

[about the car]
Venna: Have you guys named it yet?
Fuller Thomas: Not yet, but we were thinking about "Tad or Lewis's Shitty Newport".
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References The Hitcher (1986) See more »

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If You're Gonna Leave Me
Written and Performed by John Bohlinger
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The best thriller in a long time!
1 November 2001 | by (NY) – See all my reviews

This film was absolutely incredible! It was SO unbelievably exciting and suspenseful! I found myself shaking in my seat throughout most of the film!

Paul Walker and Steve Zahn were excellent as Lewis and Fuller Thomas! Leelee Sobieski's character (Venna Wilcox) doesn't really do anything until about 45 minutes into the movie, but she still did a great job! She has proven, several times, that she is one of the best actresses in Hollywood today! Ted Levine was brilliantly menacing as the faceless 'Rusty Nail'.

John Dahl creates a world that is so frighteningly real, that it's hard NOT to get scared! This is one movie that you will not take your eyes off of! It basically keeps you 'nailed' to your seat. If you have not seen JOY RIDE, I highly (with a capital H) recommend that you do!


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